Ahead of last week’s All-Star Game, WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said league expansion remains a priority.
“It would be something that I would discuss with you more seriously if it had not been for the pandemic”, Engelbert told the media.
“We are constantly evaluating it. I would say that at this time next year we will be talking a lot more seriously about what this path looks like, how many teams, where, which cities.”
Currently, there are 12 WNBA teams – six in the Eastern Conference, six in the Western Conference – each based in the United States.
According to Abigail Gentrup of Front Office Sports, Charlotte, Houston and Philadelphia have been âidentifiedâ as potential expansion cities in the United States. In addition, Toronto would have been identified as a city of potential expansion.
The WNBA previously had teams in Charlotte, Cleveland, Houston, Miami, Portland and Sacramento, but each of those teams have folded.
WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert reiterated last week that league expansion is a priority.
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WNBA audiences have grown significantly in the United States and Canada this season, by SportsPro. The 2021 WNBA All-Star Game broadcast reach alone increased 261% in Canada compared to the 2019 WNBA All-Star Game.
In total, the 2021 WNBA All-Star Game touched nearly half a million Canadians on Sportsnet and TSN combined.
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