WNBA Postpones Start of Season

WNBA Postpones Start of Season

WNBA Postpones Start of Season

The state of play: The postponement of the 2020 Olympics also gives the league flexibility to delay the season since players were slated to take July off to participate in the Tokyo Games.

The WNBA acknowledged the inevitable on Friday, announcing it was postponing the start of training camps and the 2020 regular season in response to the spread of COVID-19.

The league had been due to tip off on May 15 but has now been put on hold, WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement.

The WNBA Draft will still be held April 17, but last week the league announced it would be in a virtual-only format, broadcast on ESPN, with no in-person elements. Some of the top prospects this year include Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu, Baylor's Lauren Cox, Connecticut's Megan Walker and Texas A&M's Chennedy Carter.

They have until Tuesday to withdraw their names from the draft and still keep their college eligibility assuming they haven't signed with an agent.

WNBA teams, unlike many professional sports teams, travel commercially and often hold practices at community colleges or other public gyms and venues when necessary.

The WNBA joins other leagues and sports federations that have canceled or postponed games because of the novel coronavirus.

"If the National Basketball Association returns at the same time the WNBA season starts maybe we could have some doubleheaders", she said. "We have an advantage here to use that time". The WNBA is considering setting up cameras in players' homes so viewers can follow their reactions live.

New York City and Seattle both have WNBA teams and are two coronavirus hotspots in the U.S. Per Ap: "One of the [Seattle] Storm's homes for the season, the Angel of the Winds Arena, is being used as a coronavirus isolation site".

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