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Learn WNBA history. In the summer of 1994, American women’s basketball needed a new plan: and that new plan would become WNBA history. Read on to walk down memory lane.

Jr. NBA Leagues Launch: New National Network Of Youth Basketball Leagues

Jr. NBA Leagues Launch: New National Network Of Youth Basketball Leagues

July 14, 2022

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) announced the launch of Jr. NBA Leagues today. Parents and kids can soon enjoy the new national network of youth basketball leagues for boys and girls ages 6-14.  The program will start with leagues in 11 U.S. markets in November 2022. Then, the league

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The Sparks Super Team:  Make or Break Year

The Sparks Super Team: Make or Break Year

June 12, 2022

Roll out the red carpet. The Los Angeles Sparks adopted the motto “time to show” this year, with the intention of getting back to the franchise’s winning tradition and reestablishing relevance. In their effort to return to the top of the league, the Sparks signed a swath of A-list players during the offseason, beginning what

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How Many Fouls to Foul Out in the WNBA

How Many Fouls to Foul Out in the WNBA

May 28, 2022

Last night Seattle Storm bested New York Liberty 79-71. The Liberty currently stand at last place in the league with a 1-6 record. “We’re not executing. We’re just turning the ball over. …I liked our fight, but we don’t execute like we need to.” recapped Liberty head coach Sandy Brondello highlighting some of the team’s

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Brittney Griner Russia: How to Help & Updates

Brittney Griner Russia: How to Help & Updates

May 19, 2022

Brittney Griner has been wrongfully detained in Russia for over 90 days. It’s unbelievable, and we need her home. It’s surreal that the WNBA season has started. Yet it’s still unclear when Brittney may be back. We’ve been thinking about BG non-stop. So have many others including New York Liberty head coach and former Phoenix

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The Journey to Gold: The 1996 Olympic Women’s Basketball Team

The Journey to Gold: The 1996 Olympic Women’s Basketball Team

March 25, 2022

Hosted by Michelle Kwan, the Summer of Gold podcast provides an unrivaled perspective on one of the most important moments in American sports and cultural history: the ’96 Olympic Games held in Atlanta, Georgia. The story is told by the 1996 Olympics women’s basketball team (Team USA) who dominated that summer. Be sure to give

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Watch The Queen of Basketball Documentary

Watch The Queen of Basketball Documentary

March 25, 2022

“I think it’s hard to watch the film, and not fall in love with Lucy’s laugh.” said director Ben Proudfoot. He’s right. And there’s so much more to love about Lusia “Lucy” Harris. You must watch The Queen of Basketball documentary produced for The New York Times: Op-Docs series that debuted earlier this year and

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WNBA Fantasy Basketball by ESPN

WNBA Fantasy Basketball by ESPN

March 8, 2022

The first WNBA fantasy basketball designed by ESPN is on the way. ESPN Fantasy Women’s Basketball, a full-scale, season-long fantasy game dedicated to a major women’s sport will be introduced by ESPN Fantasy next month. The game will be open for signups in early April ahead of the start of the 2022 WNBA season, which

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CATCH98 – Tamika Catchings & The Lady Vols

CATCH98 – Tamika Catchings & The Lady Vols

February 28, 2022

This summer the story of women’s basketball’s ‘Fab Four’ will hit your TV. So be sure to tune in! The hour-long documentary, “CATCH98,” reveals the story of Tamika Catchings and the 1997-98 Tennessee Lady Vols – unequivocally the best in the country at the time. The film debuts on Thursday, June 23, which will be

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How Long is a WNBA Game?

How Long is a WNBA Game?

February 18, 2022

Are you going to watch a WNBA game, and in the process of planning your trip, or are you trying to see whether you can fit it into your TV schedule? We’ve got you covered. Today we’ll share the answers to all your questions including: how long is a WNBA game? We’ll cover how many

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WNBA Capital Raise: $75 Million for Long-Term Growth

WNBA Capital Raise: $75 Million for Long-Term Growth

February 3, 2022

Today we’re excited to share big news about big money for the league we love! The WNBA has announced the largest-ever capital raise for a women’s sports property: $75 million. This was the first time that the WNBA raised money from investors in its history. And it was funded by selling equity in the WNBA. 

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Best Basketball TV Shows to Stream

Best Basketball TV Shows to Stream

January 12, 2022

Looking for a fun way to spend your evening or to learn more about the game you love? Check out the best basketball TV shows for hoopers. Watch along to discover the growth of some of basketball’s greatest teams such as the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers; go behind the scenes with the world’s

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WNBA Cryptocurrency: Recent Partnerships & The Future

WNBA Cryptocurrency: Recent Partnerships & The Future

December 1, 2021

WNBA cryptocurrency is an area that is poised for growth as both women’s sports and crypto are booming! Over the last year the league has signed their first cryptocurrency partnership, and a WNBA team has too. Plus, the first stadium used by a team in the league is on the way to a cryptocurrency partnership

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The Art of 3-Pointer Basketball in the WNBA

The Art of 3-Pointer Basketball in the WNBA

August 29, 2021

Few rule changes in sports, at least in recent memory, changed the way a game is played as much as the introduction of the 3-point line changed basketball. Imagine soccer adding half a point for goals from outside the box, or the NFL adding squares in the end zone where a touchdown is nine points

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Overseas Women’s Basketball Salary

Overseas Women’s Basketball Salary

August 25, 2021

Did you know about 67% of rostered WNBA players spent time playing abroad in 2019?Four years later, in 2022, the number has remained fairly consistent: 60% of WNBA players join women’s professional basketball overseas. The main reason players hoop during the offseason is to continue to earn more money to complement their WNBA salary. And

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Cathy Engelbert WNBA Commissioner Quotes

Cathy Engelbert WNBA Commissioner Quotes

August 14, 2021

After 33 years and a CEO role at Deloitte, Cathy Engelbert was hired in May 2019 as the WNBA’s fifth leader (though the first to get the commissioner title). She took over two months later. Today, as the first-ever Commissioner of the WNBA, Cathy Engelbert is responsible for bolstering visibility for the sport of women’s

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What’s a Double Double in Basketball?

What’s a Double Double in Basketball?

August 11, 2021

Did you know that Sylvia Fowles leads the WNBA in double doubles, and she’s not even retired yet!? Though 2022 will be her last year of play. There are tons of fun stats in basketball that mark levels of achievement. One common way to evaluate a player’s performance in a game is with the double

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WNBA Cards: The Complete Guide

WNBA Cards: The Complete Guide

August 3, 2021

The sports trading card business exploded during the coronavirus pandemic due to a combination of boredom, nostalgia, and speculation. The escalation of card collecting has sent the value of some sports cards to the moon, as Jason Howarth, the Vice President of Marketing of Panini America, the exclusive card maker for the WNBA, explained to

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What Is An Illegal Screen In Basketball?

What Is An Illegal Screen In Basketball?

July 7, 2021

Today we’ll take a look at what a screen is, and what makes for a legal screen and an illegal screen in basketball. A screen in basketball is a move where an offensive player basically creates a wall that stops a defender so an offensive teammate can run around to get an open shot or

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WNBA Viewership & Ratings Growing In 2021

WNBA Viewership & Ratings Growing In 2021

July 1, 2021

During opening weekend in 2021, WNBA viewership soared 25% versus the prior year. Just two weeks later and five games in, WNBA ratings climbed even higher to 74% year over year growth. The WNBA capped off its historic 25th regular season by delivering its most-watched season since 2008 for its television partners – ABC, CBS, ESPN

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WNBA Players’ Name Pronunciation Guide

WNBA Players’ Name Pronunciation Guide

June 27, 2021

During the 2021 WNBA season, we noticed a lot of WNBA fans and players taking to Twitter to express their frustration with the announcers’ pronunciation of WNBA players’ names. Then, we read about the New York Liberty’s in-game announcer mispronouncing Dallas Wings star player Arike Ogunbowale’s name for the entire game. Professional athletes should not have

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Putting The WNBA Center Position Center Stage

Putting The WNBA Center Position Center Stage

June 23, 2021

On March 3rd, 2021, two-time WNBA MVP and center Candace Parker appeared on TNT’s “Inside the NBA.” She was an analyst with two-time NBA MVP and center Shaquille O’Neal and eight-time All-NBA guard Dwyane Wade when they discussed the tactical challenges facing modern defenses. Candace Parker: “The NBA switches now, right?” Shaquille O’Neal: “Why?” Candace

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WNBA Commissioner’s Cup Explained, How to Watch, & The Prize

WNBA Commissioner’s Cup Explained, How to Watch, & The Prize

May 23, 2021

The first ever WNBA Commissioner’s Cup in-season competition kicked off last year in 2021! It’s returning for another season. And this year, the team from each conference with the top record in Cup games will compete for a lucrative prize pool in the Commissioner’s Cup Championship Game on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. The league launched the new competition

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WNBA NFTs: WNBA Top Shot, Sue Bird & Renee Montgomery Releases & What’s Next

WNBA NFTs: WNBA Top Shot, Sue Bird & Renee Montgomery Releases & What’s Next

May 21, 2021

WNBA NFTs have arrived! The league partnered with Dapper Labs to introduce WNBA Top Shot Moments in August of 2021. Meanwhile NBA Top Shot has seen $436 million in trading volume since launching last year, according to Decrypt. “Top Shot presents an exciting opportunity for the WNBA to engage passionate fans on a whole new

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Become a WNBA Fan: The 10 Step Starter Kit

Become a WNBA Fan: The 10 Step Starter Kit

May 8, 2021

So, you’re ready to become a WNBA fan, but you’re not quite sure how or where to jump in? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a definitive guide to everything you need to know to get started. There are tons of ways to find a narrative to latch onto — no matter whether you’re

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WNBA Live Streams: 10 Ways to Watch (Some Free!)

WNBA Live Streams: 10 Ways to Watch (Some Free!)

May 1, 2021

It can be a challenge to find out how to watch WNBA games. But one of the best ways is to stream the league online. So today we’ve pulled together a quick resource of WNBA live streams to ensure you don’t miss any of the best basketball on the planet this year. Also check out

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WNBA Team Merchandise: Cool Player Tees & More

WNBA Team Merchandise: Cool Player Tees & More

April 23, 2021

WNBA team merchandise for players is in high demand. For example, some of the 2021 WNBA jerseys sold out during the pre-sale. But it can still be a challenge to find gear featuring and supporting our favorite WNBA players. So today, we’ve pulled together a list of some of the coolest WNBA team merchandise and

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Renee Montgomery Becomes First WNBA Player Turned Owner & Executive As Part of Atlanta Dream Takeover

Renee Montgomery Becomes First WNBA Player Turned Owner & Executive As Part of Atlanta Dream Takeover

February 26, 2021

Renee Montgomery had to make a decision. An opportunity arose for her to become a part-owner and the league does not allow active players to be owners. Would she continue to play in the WNBA or join an ownership group to take over the Atlanta Dream?  In the end, it was an easy decision.  “I

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Candace Parker & Adidas: The Shoe Journey

Candace Parker & Adidas: The Shoe Journey

February 25, 2021

Candace Parker didn’t choose the three-striped life of Adidas. It chose her and drew her in. Adidas has been part of Candace Parker’s basketball life way before both the 2016 title and WNBA Finals MVP she won with the Los Angeles Sparks. Way before the league MVPs in 2008-her rookie season nonetheless and 2013 respectfully.

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Ranking The Top 10 WNBA Draft Steals of All Time

Ranking The Top 10 WNBA Draft Steals of All Time

February 23, 2021

The top WNBA draft steals are players that got lost in the weeds on draft day, falling out of the first round. Oftentimes basketball fans view late round WNBA draft picks as throwaways when discussing fake trades and cosplaying as WNBA GMs. First round picks? Hot commodities! Second and third rounders? Filler, an adornment to

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WNBA+Nike: The Growing Innovative Partnership

WNBA+Nike: The Growing Innovative Partnership

February 10, 2021

The WNBA+Nike have been making news together for decades. Because investing in women is investing wisely. As Deloitte reported regarding 2021, “We predict that women’s sports will grow to be worth a great deal more than a billion dollars in the years ahead.” Most recently, in February of 2021, Nike debuted a new sneaker: the

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WNBA Podcasts & Multimedia: 25 Ways to Devour the W

WNBA Podcasts & Multimedia: 25 Ways to Devour the W

February 6, 2021

WNBA podcasts, live chats, and more, provide fans with the opportunity to get to know their favorite players, hear directly how players are thinking, and develop a better understanding of the game. They can be a great way to digest breaking news, and to pick up new team insights. Earlier this month, we highlighted some

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WNBA Draft Picks: Ranking The Greatest Number Ones

WNBA Draft Picks: Ranking The Greatest Number Ones

January 12, 2021

WNBA draft picks can make or break a team’s success. As a result, no off-court event gets basketball fans jazzed like the draft. And no player generates buzz like the top overall pick. That said, number one picks are generally viewed only through the lens of their own draft. In other words: we rarely look

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WNBA Ticket Prices: Everything You Need to Know

WNBA Ticket Prices: Everything You Need to Know

January 9, 2021

WNBA ticket prices reveal a lot about the league we love. Despite all of the “nobody” cares about the WNBA talk, there are plenty of people who attend games. And who are willing to pay up to do so.  Already in 2017, the WNBA registered a total attendance of 1,574,078 fans. That was also a

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WNBA Blogs: 21 Fascinating Reads to Bookmark

WNBA Blogs: 21 Fascinating Reads to Bookmark

January 6, 2021

Awesome WNBA blogs exist, they can just be a little hard to find. So we’ve rounded up some of our favorites (in addition to Queen Ballers Club, duh!) that cover all the teams in the league. These WNBA news websites are in no particular order, though they are split into categories based on the depth

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WNBA MVPs: The Ultimate Guide

WNBA MVPs: The Ultimate Guide

December 19, 2020

WNBA MVPs: Most. Valuable. Player. Sounds simple enough, no? Yet season after season, year after year, those three words seem to throw folks for a loop. What does “valuable” really mean, we ponder. Does it mean “valuable” or does it mean “best?” Is there a difference?  We’re here to answer everything you could possibly want

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WNBA Expansion Cities: 6 Possible Teams & Oakland’s Proposal

WNBA Expansion Cities: 6 Possible Teams & Oakland’s Proposal

December 18, 2020

WNBA expansion cities have been a hot topic throughout WNBA history. While today there are 12 WNBA teams, fans love to debate which lucky locales could be next – especially on WNBA Twitter. And particularly once teams have made pre-season roster cuts. However WNBA executives have struck a similar tone over the years whenever expansion

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WNBA Top Scorers: The Ultimate Guide

WNBA Top Scorers: The Ultimate Guide

December 17, 2020

WNBA top scorers are: Buckets. Money. Nothing but net. For nearly 25 years, the WNBA has been home to some of the best basketball players in the world. We’re talking about current and future Hall of Famers. According to Across the Timeline, back in 2006, the WNBA named an All-Decade Team to celebrate the league’s 10 “best

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The Lowest Paid WNBA Players in 2022

The Lowest Paid WNBA Players in 2022

December 13, 2020

Today we’re going to reveal the lowest paid WNBA players this year, as part three of our WNBA salary series. For some reason, “the people” want to know this! Our hope is that the league will continue working hard to ensure even the least paid players make more every year. Deloitte predicts elite women’s sport

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Top 25 Highest Paid WNBA Players in 2022 & Ever

Top 25 Highest Paid WNBA Players in 2022 & Ever

December 13, 2020

The highest paid WNBA players ever might surprise you. We all know there’s a gargantuan salary gap between NBA and WNBA team players. But it’s less clear how our women stack up against each other. However, this is important knowledge, especially amongst players. In order to be fairly compensated, you need to know what to

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The 10 Best WNBA Players to Never Win a Ring

The 10 Best WNBA Players to Never Win a Ring

December 10, 2020

Today we’re going to reveal the best WNBA players to never win a ring. Throughout its storied 24-year history, the league has seen some of the finest female ballers in the world. Many of the league’s most impactful players won individual accolades such as MVP and Rookie of the Year, while breaking assists records, and

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WNBA Blocks: 10 Can’t Miss Rejections

WNBA Blocks: 10 Can’t Miss Rejections

December 2, 2020

WNBA blocks are pure speed, athleticism, and power on display. And they have the potential to be an absolute game changer. They amp up the bench and frustrate the offense. Plus, much like WNBA dunks, they leave the fans in awe. So today, we’re going to take a look at some monster blocks. We’re talking

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WNBA Teams: How Many WNBA Teams Are There?

WNBA Teams: How Many WNBA Teams Are There?

December 2, 2020

Have you ever wondered how many WNBA teams there are? Well boy do we have an answer for you. Today we’ve prepared a comprehensive WNBA team guide that covers everything from the number of players to how many teams make the playoffs. We’ll reveal the Eastern and Western conference WNBA teams currently in the league.

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The 20 Greatest Chicago Sky Highlights of All Time

The 20 Greatest Chicago Sky Highlights of All Time

November 29, 2020

Chicago Sky highlights display some of the best basketball on the planet. With more than ten years of history under their belt, the team is now a WNBA institution and regularly puts on dazzling performances. While it may feel like the Chicago Sky have been a part of the WNBA since day one, that’s surprisingly

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WNBA Quotes: 31 Inspirational Insights

WNBA Quotes: 31 Inspirational Insights

November 25, 2020

WNBA quotes reveal insights about basketball, encourage athletes to believe in themselves, and spread love for the game. So today, let’s take a look at some of the best quips made by all time greats on the court and off, from Lisa Leslie to Barack Obama and Gabrielle Union. Let’s get inspired for greatness by

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Do WNBA Players Get Rings? The Complete Guide

Do WNBA Players Get Rings? The Complete Guide

November 24, 2020

“Do WNBA players get rings?” is a question that comes up at least once a year, as championship season inevitably rolls around. And the short answer is: yes! All season long, every WNBA player strives for a ring – which is synonymous with winning the league championship. The prestige of the league title, combined with

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WNBA History & The WNBA 25th Season

WNBA History & The WNBA 25th Season

November 12, 2020

In the summer of 1994, American women’s basketball needed a new plan: and that new plan would become WNBA history. After years of dominance on the international stage, the USA Basketball Women’s National Team earned only a bronze medal in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. And limped to a third-place finish in the 1994 FIBA World

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