The WNBA’s expansion plans have been scaled back to 10 cities, with a goal to be announced by the end of the year

Las Vegas – IN WNBA will expand. When and exactly where will those new perks be close to being a reality.

Commissioner Kathy Engelbert said Sunday, in front of the Las Vegas Aces Advance 1-0 in the WNBA Finals SeriesThe league has reduced its focus to “about 10” cities that could host an expansion team. Engelbert said the WNBA has at least 100 cities under consideration where it has done its due diligence.

Regarding when these teams will be announced, Engelbert said she and the league “would like to announce by the end of the year.” Earlier this year, Engelbert said the target is two teams that could start playing no later than the 2025 season.

“We want to make sure the new ownership group is set up for success. We will announce that when it is right, when we come to agreements with different ownership groups,” Engelbert said on Sunday. Off season.”

There is additional logistics beyond just the location that you need to know about.

“You need to find the right owners with the right capital,” Engelbert said. “We have to run an expansion draft, and we have to tell our GMs in advance how the head coaches know what that would look like. We are working on all of that. We have courses of action around all of that.”

One of these expansion teams could be in the Bay Area. Yahoo Sports reported this summer Based on an offer from the American Sports & Entertainment Group (AASEG) centered around the Oakland Coliseum.

“Definitely the Bay Area, in general, including Oakland or San Francisco, is definitely on our list, and on top of our list,” Engelbert said. “…W is everywhere now. But such a wonderful market is there looking at girls’ college basketball [is] It is very popular in the Gulf region. Yes, that is definitely on the list.”

Other cities that could be at the forefront of the expansion team: Toronto, Philadelphia and Nashville.

WNBA Commissioner Kathy Engelbert speaks during a press conference ahead of the 2022 WNBA Finals on September 11, 2022 in Las Vegas.  (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

WNBA Commissioner Kathy Engelbert speaks during a press conference ahead of the 2022 WNBA Finals on September 11, 2022 in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Engelbert announced that the league will hold its first-ever pre-season game in Canada next season after having previously held discussions prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and reaching its latest collective bargaining agreement in early 2020.

“I think it’s the ease of traveling there, again, during the intense bootcamp period that made it so attractive to us, and again, the demographics, the youth and the diversity of the country in some of those cities is why we’re going to start there,” Engelbert said. “But we’d like to go to Europe and Asia, to tour EMEA, and to tour Asia sometime in the future as we build the economies of this league and the success of these players’ global brands.”

The WNBA was last played internationally in 2011 when the Atlanta Dream played a pre-season match in Manchester, England. The league also hosted a preparatory match in Monterrey, Mexico (2004).

Another way to expand would be to implement a development league, such as the NBA with the G League. There is a demo, Force 10, for a 3×3 format that could become a viable track for the WNBA..

It’s exciting. It’s outdoors. It’s fast, 10 minutes with a very short shot on the clock,” Engelbert said. Absolutely, it is the most popular urban sport in the world.

“…Force 10 has been a leader, and I’ve seen other teams come forward to sponsor teams in the 3×3 arena. I’m really interested in the format, and I can see we’re trying it out as part of WNBA Live in the future as part of the All-Star [weekend]. “

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