WNBA Announces Return to the Court for 2020 Season

Ruben Hill
August 2, 2020

While the National Basketball Association and the NBPA continue to finalize details about their own return to play later this summer, their WNBA counterparts announced on Monday a commitment to a return to play with a focus on 'social justice, ' including full salaries paid to every player in the shortened season, which will be played on the IMG Academy campus in Bradenton, Florida, which is near Tampa. Teams will report to IMG earlier in July for a training camp period. The original May 15 start date was postponed because of the pandemic, and the normal 36-game schedule will be cut almost in half.

The WNBA also announced players would receive full pay and benefits.

IMG Academy is a prep school and popular athletic training destination for amateur and professional athletes.

The WNBA is the latest sports league to announce a plan for games to return after a months-long shutdown to help combat spread of the coronavirus. One of the leagues that have been contemplating a strategy in light of the virus is none other than the WNBA which typically begins in the summer. "We are excited to showcase our team on the court and our organization will continue to support the powerful platform we have to fight for social justice off the court". The league had some flexibility in its schedule because it had planned for a break from late July to early August to allow players to participate in the Tokyo Olympics, which were postponed to 2021. "Our society has learned or perhaps has been reminded of an important lesson: women are integral to the economic stability of their families and their communities".

Although the season will be played without fans in attendance, the WNBA will continue to build on the current momentum thanks to broadcast partners ESPN, CBS Sports Network and NBA TV, as well as the Dream's regional partner for the 2020 season, FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Southeast and FOX Sports GO. The regular season will tip-off in late July after each squad gets ample time to train during training camp.

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