WNBA announces plans for 22-game regular season starting in July

Ross Houston
August 1, 2020

The WNBA's 2020 season, originally scheduled to tip off on May 15 and follow a 36-game regular-season schedule, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the league has managed to keep its off-season largely on track - they were the first to conduct an entirely virtual draft on April 17, kept their roster cut-down date in May and paid players their first paycheque as originally scheduled on June 1.

Much like the National Basketball Association, which is working out details to resume the season and play all league games at Disney World in Florida, the WNBA has worked out a deal with IMG Academy in Bradenton.

Big news: The @WNBA officially announces plans for 22-game regular season starting in July with standard playoffs ending in October - with all games at IMG Academy in Florida - after players vote to approve proposal. Just like with the WNBA, a season doesn't mean that every player will play and we've already seen Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore forego multiple seasons in committing her life to focus on freeing Jonathan Irons, a man she believes was wrongfully convicted, prior to the current political climate.

"We are finalizing a season start plan to build on the tremendous momentum".

In the release, the league also announced that it plans to build on its commitment to social justice and will support players in launching a social justice platform as "a call to action to drive impactful, measurable and meaningful change".

WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement that players will receive their full salaries and benefits despite the shortened season. Regular-season match-ups and times will be announced at a later date. A 22-game schedule, without fans, will be played, with teams reporting to the academy in July.

The Atlanta Dream revamped their roster this offseason, returning four Dream veterans and bringing in a crop of top talent through free agency and the 2020 WNBA Draft. Atlanta also drafted 5-9 guard Chennedy Carter out of Texas A&M with the fourth overall selection in the 2020 WNBA Draft.

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