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WNBA’s New Collective Bargaining Agreement Reminds How Poorly Players Were Treated

The new tentative collective bargaining agreement between the WNBA and WNBPA is a groundbreaking labor contract for those parties. But that’s kind of the problem. While the league has yet to make the full text of the CBA available (and likely won’t do so until after the contract is voted on by the league’s Board…

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The Silver Lining Behind 2019 Seattle Storm’s Poor Injury Luck

The Seattle Storm’s hopes of repeating in 2019 were already all but dashed by the time the season tipped off. In the six weeks before the season began, league MVP Breanna Stewart suffered a ruptured Achilles overseas and star point guard Sue Bird underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. That left a lot of question marks and…

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Hiring Walt Hopkins Ushers in New Era of NY Liberty Basketball

One week before the ever-extended CBA deadline, the New York Liberty introduced Walt Hopkins on Wednesday as its eighth head coach in franchise history. Sitting beside General Manager Jonathan Kolb, Hopkins could hardly withhold an enthusiastic grin through his introduction at the Liberty’s new home arena, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. He comes over from…

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It’s Time for a Massive Investment in WNBA Kicks

As Miami Heat guard Jimmy Butler searches for a new shoe deal, the vast majority of his counterparts in the WNBA are in the same situation. But one is far likely to find a new home than all the others. The time to change that has come because of the prevalence of star power in…

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What to Expect From the WNBA’s New CBA

With the recent announcement that collective bargaining agreement negotiations between the WNBA and the WNBPA have been extended to January 15, (and with free agency set to begin February 1), it seems like the new CBA is imminent. While there are many unknowns until the final document actually goes public, there are some educated guesses…

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How New-Look Minnesota Lynx Can Reclaim Their Contender Status

The Minnesota Lynx are one of those rarest WNBA teams (due to the league’s relatively young age) that carries a true dynastic legacy. Problem is, playing in the shadow of legacies can be hard when you’re endlessly striving to regain a luster that most other franchises have never even had, much less lost. No team…

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Atlanta Dream Co-Owner & US Senator Can’t ‘Stick to Sports’

Kelly Loeffler is simultaneously a future member of the United States Senate and a co-owner of the Atlanta Dream. Having an owner of one of the WNBA’s 12 franchises in the US Senate should be a win for the league in terms of both the ability to influence policy and visibility. Because of Loeffler’s politics,…

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How Kayla McBride Helps Create Las Vegas Aces’ Identity

Las Vegas Aces rookie guard Jackie Young walks the ball over half-court during an August 13 win over the Atlanta Dream. Initiating the offense with a pass to Dearica Hamby at the top of the key, the Aces have star center Liz Cambage sealing her defender in front of the basket. Hamby bullets a pass…

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Imagining the WNBA’s Hot Stove That Isn’t

Right now fans could be watching Twitter feeds for any clue as to the future destinations of some of the WNBA best talents in free agency. But they’re not. Everything is quiet amid a missed opportunity. The league’s horrible compensation structure—which gives players as a group a mere 20 percent of basketball revenues—is mostly to…

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Building on Diamond DeShields’ Stellar Sophomore Season

Diamond DeShields is defending the strong-side corner when the Chicago Sky force a turnover. By the time Courtney Vandersloot hits her with a lead pass, she’s at half court, a step beyond Phoenix Mercury center Britney Griner, retreating from her high post position. There’s no contest as DeShields finishes the reverse. She’s three minutes into…

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