Friday, December 18, 2009

Planning Ahead

If, like the BasketCases, you try to plan your summer vacation so that you don't miss any Mystics games, you are now free to move about the country (in early July or early August), as the WNBA released its 2010 schedule yesterday.

A shout out goes to the Mystics front office, which e-blasted Washington's schedule to fans even before the league posted the WNBA schedule on its web site. However, if you haven't already received the schedule from the Mystics, you can find it here. And a link to the full league schedule is here.

In order to accommodate the FIBA World Championship, being held from Sept. 23 - Oct. 10, the WNBA season will be starting very early next summer -- May 15, to be precise. The Mystics will open on the road that day, in Indy, and will play their first home game on Friday, May 21, against New York. That's the good news.

The bad news comes courtesy of the Hartford Courant, which is reporting that the WNBA salary cap has dropped, another indication (along with the 11-player rosters and a limit of one assistant coach per team) that the league may be in a pretty precarious financial condition (underscored by the recent collapse of the Monarchs). Like all belt-tightenings, the WNBA's cost-cutting moves are unpleasant and unfortunate; all we can do is hope that these moves will enable the league to survive during this period of economic crisis.


At 1:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WNBA salary cap sucks. I like to see them do that to the NBA. If I were a Senior (college) I would look to play oversea.

At 11:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its all about the bottom line. I hope the wnba can survive these tough times. Whether I can make it to every game or not, I am going to buy season tickets for the mystics. I would hate to see womens professional bb not make it in the US. Everyone who watches really needs to support these tickets, go see the games.

At 1:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am going to purchase tickets to the Liberty, despite my preference for the Terps and college basketball (W & M) over NBA/WNBA ball. Hoping the WNBA can survive this recalibration.

At 10:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My 2cents about league... did anyone notice that NO ALL-STAR GAME is scheduled??? To me that screams... league is in trouble!

Any and all college women's bball fans out there... please buy a season ticket or two... for ANY team in the WNBA. I recommend the Mystics... but buy Tulsa tix, NY tix, dare i say CT tix. Donate tickets to local girl scouts or other charity. Help keep the WNBA alive!!!

I'm convinced that without a pro league, the quality of the women's college game could decline. What if when Rissa and KT were growing up there was no WNBA?... maybe Rissa plays more tennis with her mom and goes on to star in that sport. Maybe KT goes to college on a golf scholarship and then LPGA. Just a thought!


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