Women’s Professional Basketball will return July 2020. The WNBA officially announced on Monday that in agreement with the players' union, it plans to have a 22-game regular season starting in late July according to ESPN.
Before moving forward the WNBA has to finalize their agreement with IMG Academy located in Bradenton, Florida. IMG Academy will host all games, including the postseason which occurs in October.
This years regular season will include 22-games which are set to begin in late July. Usually, the WNBA starts in May but this year everything was suspended in April due to COVID-19.
According to the NYPost, players will receive a full salary despite the season being shorter than the 36-game slate that was initially planned, and those considered high risk for the virus could opt-out and still earn their full paycheck. Players with children will be permitted to bring a caregiver with them.
Not only did the WNBA announce their return, they also addressed whats going on in the world today.
In a statement, WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said,
“The WNBA opposes racism in all its forms, and George Floyd and Breonna Taylor are the latest names in a list of countless others who have been subject to police brutality that stems from the systemic oppression of Black Lives in America, and it is our collective responsibility to use our platforms to enact change,”