Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) commissioner Cathy Engelbert has hinted that a potential expansion of the league is ‘certainly on the list’ of plans to be discussed.
When the WNBA was set up in 1997, it consisted of just eight teams. This number has since risen to 12 teams, which is less than half of the 30 teams that the NBA consists of.
There has been previous talk for several years of more teams getting added to the WNBA, but because of COVID-19, talks have been delayed and pushed back to focus on the 2021 season.
Engelbert said: “It's certainly on the list of things that I've been thinking about down the road. It is interesting to note how competitive and how deep the talent in the league is. And so it's certainly something that as we've come out of this pandemic hopefully next year that we'll prepare to start talking about.”
She added: “I think if we have a very successful season this year, this time next year we can certainly start talking about what expansion would look like, how many (additional teams), and the timeframe over which that would occur.”
The WNBA draft starts today at 11pm GMT, and the WNBA season is set to start on Friday, May 14th and will finish on the 19th of September.
Author: Fred Dobberson