Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

WNBA Ready to Rattle Rims This Summer

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

WNBA Ready to Rattle Rims This Summer

Article excerpt

There is no doubt the Women's National Basketball Association

has piqued the curiosity of some sports fans.

The league's marketing campaign entitled "We Got Next" was

etched in our minds during the NBA playoffs.

However, let's take a look at what the hoopla is all about.

After all, the WNBA will join the ranks of Major League

Baseball, NASCAR, the PGA Tour, Major League Soccer and tennis

as the summer arrives.

The WNBA, which is an arm of the NBA, will likely be

refreshing.

Many large companies have invested lots of money into the

league's future. These companies have been responsible for

building the bandwagons that fans have willingly boarded to

follow college and professional sports.

Here are some specifics about the league:

There are eight teams. It is made up of the Eastern and Western

Conferences. The East consists of the Charlotte Sting, Cleveland

Rockers, Houston Comets and New York Liberty. The West teams

include the Los Angeles Sparks, Phoenix Mercury, Sacramento

Monarchs and Utah Starzz.

Of the league's 80 players, 23 are former Olympians.

The season begins June 21. Each team plays a 28-game regular

season schedule with 14 away games and 14 home games.

Four teams will advance to single-elimination playoffs. There

will be two semifinal games played on Aug. 28, which will be

aired on ESPN and Lifetime. The league championship game will be

played on Aug. 30 and broadcast on NBC.

One live game a week will be broadcast by NBC, ESPN and

Lifetime.

The rules of the league include a 3-point line, which will be

the same as the NCAA. There will be two 20-minute halves and a

30-second shot clock. The ball will be the size of one used for

high school and NCAA women's basketball games.

The teams will bear the colors of the NBA teams in the

respective cities. For instance, the Los Angeles Sparks will don

uniforms of gold and purple as does the Los Angeles Lakers.

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