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Old 30-03-2016, 11:13 AM   #1
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WNBA teams will ditch white uniforms this season by going colo(u)r versus colo(u)r on its 20th anniversary. The Dallas Wings, formerly the Tulsa Shock, has yet to unveil theirs:
http://news.sportslogos.net/2016/03/...r-20th-season/

A new WNBA playoff format takes effect this year with the aim partly to get all the WNBA postseason games nationally televised on ESPN, which didn't happen last year. Also more importantly rewards the best teams overall regardless of geographical division (like in our MLS here in the US and Canada):
http://www.wnba.com/news/regular-sea...s-2016-season/
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Old 19-04-2016, 12:28 PM   #2
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2016 WNBA Draft results from the Mohegan Sun Arena can be seen here. Breanna Stewart going to (surprise!) Seattle at #1 with her Connecticut teammates Morgan Tuck and Moriah Jefferson immediatley following her to go 1-2-3. Interestingly, there was only one non-NCAA foriegner drafted in Belgium's Julie Allemond coming into the 3rd round by Indiana:
http://www.wnba.com/2016-draft-board/

A record 4 Canadians were drafted into the WNBA that night with the likes of Oregon St.'s Ruth Hamblin and Jaime Weisner, Florida St.'s Adut Bulgak, and UCLA's Nirra Fields. Another sign of the current Canadian basketball boom extends to the women's game:
http://www.basketball.ca/en/news-art...016-wnba-draft
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Old 22-04-2016, 07:28 AM   #3
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A shame that LJ retired from playing because in part, it would've been nice to see her on-court and in practice, mentor Breanna Stewart, herself an outlier player that Loz was in Seattle. She still can when she returns to Seattle. Just not as a player and Stewie can still pick her brain. On court and practice, Stewie will turn to the likes of Sue Bird (herself having knee issues in her own tremendous pro career) for learning the pro game. And is fortunate to still have her as a UCONN alum for it.

Well Sue and Roxanne are obviously excited of a Connecticut Huskies trio in Seattle:
http://www.courant.com/sports/hc-bre...420-story.html

By now, many worldwide are hearing that Prince shockingly died this morning in his suburban Minneapolis home at the age of 57. He was a musical genius no doubt. But he was also a big basketball fan--he played basketball in his junior high school days--and was also a friend of the WNBA champs Minnesota Lynx. On their website, the Lynx are crying over the popular Minneapolis icon and went purple with Lynx players' tweets paying tribute. In fact, it's raining in the Twin Cities now. Just not in purple:
http://lynx.wnba.com/news/lynx-remember-prince/
http://www.startribune.com/prince-an...ory/376611931/

NBA and WNBA ditch Supersport from South Africa in Sub-Sahara African media rights after this year and moves on to a new Zimbabwean-based media entity called Econet TV with greater games exposure on hand:
http://www.courant.com/sports/hc-bre...420-story.html
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Old 27-04-2016, 06:21 AM   #4
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Breanna Stewart, the Seattle Storm's rookie sensation, signs with the Swoosh that already has her Storm teammates Sue Bird and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Elena Delle Donne, Britney Greiner, and Skyler Diggins. A relationship that already is nurtured with being at Connecticut that wears Nike:
http://news.nike.com/news/nike-signs-breanna-stewart

Fellow WNBA rookies Rachel Banham, Aerial Powers, Jonquel Jones and Tiffany Mitchell also join.
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:19 AM   #5
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So which Australians are actually heading to the WNBA? I know Phillips and O'Hea are there now, but I'm not sure if anyone else. Will any head over after the Olympics? Will Cambage make a WNBA comeback for the Wings? Surely Dallas is a more attractive Opportunity than Tulsa. Did Bec Allen not get invited back to NY, or has she chosen to stay in Australia?
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Old 10-05-2016, 09:49 AM   #6
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Like to bring attention to an excellent ESPN article written by the great Kate Fagan I heard about on ESPN Radio that's the centerpiece of an upcoming WNBA-themed ESPN The Magazine. While WNBA and Team USA stars (and Nike mates) Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner, currently with Russian and EuroLeague women's basketball powerhouse UMMC Ekaterinburg, are the focal points as friends in making more lucrative cash playing overseas. Known about the pay discrepancy for years. This is as much about the shortcomings and need for growth in the WNBA still fighting for respect in the North American sports landscape 20 years after its founding. Far and away the most successful women's pro basketball league in the USA. The cultural influence on the players and on women's sports are astounding

Reasons for the WNBA's basketball business model as it stands and hopes to move it forward are complicated, especially when compared with the structures outside the US and Canada. Make you wonder why aren't the superstars playing in the WNBA paid millions. Since UMMC is a huge Russian copper mining company, surely it can afford to shell the bucks. And the fans who come to the arena to see UMMC Ekaterinburg in action are not unlike sports fans here: there are those who appreciate women's basketball but many are just as casual and seek any entertainment. I like the club structure with perhaps some local government funding. Some Russian club have a rich benefactor like Spartak, CSKA, and UMMC.

Perhaps the WNBA's strategy to attract the overwhelmingly male casual fans is a bit of a mistake. Don't get me started on the subtle negative attitudes coming from guys, who say the WNBA (and even the semipro women's basketball leagues) isn't a real basketball league. Unfortunately, a lot of mainstream American sports fans knowledge and habits are very myopic. Not necessarily the most open-minded, lacking the curiousity to learn about other and more marginal (and often interesting) sports and league. Mainstream tastes and habits rarely change, mutate, develop, and expand in whatever element (be it sports, TV, radio, music, movies) it is in because they're rarely allowed to. People fear the unfamiliar to the already-accepted. Also the WNBA is perceived to less aesthetic entertainment value when juxtaposed with men's pro sports to spectators: that is, very little dunking, no fast-paced athleticism, little physicality, no one-on-ones, etc. Placing based on attendance, TV ratings, and revenue why many, guys especially, turn away.

But the WNBA has to hold themselves accountable in terms of marketing its stars, despite strong association with the NBA. Media promotion and outlets for the WNBA should be much better than it is presently. They're "out of sight, out of mind" existing in a void to many in the offseason. The supermodel-like NFL by contrast with all the news it makes in the sports media is a year-round business with trade rumors, free agency, rivalries, internal disputes, locker room controversy, bad guys and good guys narratives that moves the needle. But the WNBA is rather conservative, fearing any bad pub forthcoming gives it a black eye to the league as a whole as it aims for long-term mainstream respect and growing women's basketball. Kate Fagan, a former Colorado St. basketball player, wonders is controversy good for the WNBA

Men and women both support the NBA. But it's a shame with the WNBA. Wish they would support the ladies more. Indeed there are women's issues and situations that negatively impact women in a male dominated society. 6 WNBA teams made profit last year. But the WNBA really shouldn't be the NBA. It's what the free market in the US will bear right now; the NBA didn't start being big until a couple more decades later. Game could be done by emphasizing and tweaking towards skill but care must be used to avoid a slippery slope. Surely I want to see them and those who will come afterwards to succeed and eventually women's sports will get better mainstream acceptance. Might take some decades more:
http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/stor...cape-spotlight

PS: When will we see Toronto get a WNBA franchise?
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