What about the WNBA?

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The official logo of the National Women’s Basketball League

Haley Spicer, Sports Reporter

The WNBA has been a very quiet league that has been on the back burner behind the NBA and the other professional leagues. One reason for that is because it is a predominantly women league. Fans around the world value the other leagues over the WNBA. For instance, there aren’t dunks that bring a dramatic amount of excitement to the NBA.

Women’s basketball is very tough, strict, and competitive on top of getting underpaid compared to men’s basketball. There are only 12 teams that are made up of 12 players, so only the best make a team. The teams have very exclusive and distinct mascots to match the names. The teams in the Eastern Conference are Chicago Sky, Connecticut Sun, Washington Mystics, Atlanta Dream, Indiana Fever, and New York Liberty. The teams in the Western Conference are Las Vegas Aces, Seattle Storm, Las Angeles Sparks, Minnesota Lynx, Phoenix Mercury, and Dallas Wings.

The impact of COVID-19 regarding the restart of the league has brought a lot of recognition to it. The restart of the WNBA started late in July at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida with 22 games being played before the start of the playoffs. The playoff bracket consists of 8 of the 12 teams with the top two advancing to the semifinals. Ultimately, the Finals are played in a best of five series to crown a champion. 

Regardless of the sports league, the coronavirus has affected the athletes playing in them. Every league is either playing with no fans or minimum fans.