WNBA postpones start of regular season due to COVID-19

14 Mai, 2020, 12:44 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • WNBA postpones start of regular season due to COVID-19

"As developments continue to emerge around the COVID-19 pandemic, including the extension of the social distancing guidelines in the United States through April 30, the WNBA will postpone the start of its training camps and tip of the regular season originally scheduled for May 15", Engelbert said. Although the league didn't make it official until today, the move was long expected due to the coronavirus pandemic.

WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement Friday the league will "use this time to conduct scenario-planning regarding new start dates and innovative formats".

The WNBA will nonetheless maintain a "digital draft" on April 17. The WNBA draft will be a virtual event this year. The league was set to go on a monthlong break starting July 10 to allow players to participate in the Tokyo Games.

The WNBA joins other major North American pro sports leagues and the NCAA in having to adjust playing schedules in response to the pandemic.

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While other domestic sports leagues at all levels suspended, postponed or canceled seasons and competitions as the threat of the virus escalated, the WNBA waited to announce its decision. "We will get through this hard time together and look forward to seeing our fans and defending our championship as soon as safely possible".

Engelbert stated that each time the WNBA does start, it should observe a strict protocol relating to the well being and well-being of gamers, coaches and followers. The WNBA has franchises in both Seattle and New York City, two major hot spots for the virus.

"We are grateful for the front line workers who are courageously combating COVID-19", Valavanis said. "Our league should do its half to hold our communities protected". We look ahead to coming collectively to get pleasure from Storm basketball video games when its protected for us to collect. Mandalay Bay, the Las Vegas casino where the Aces play, is shut, as is the Connecticut Sun's home arena.

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