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Women's Hoops

The latest news and analysis on college and pro women's basketball.

May 4, 2007 at 12:16 PM

Expansion city

Storm coach Anne Donovan, who has a home in Charlotte, N.C., said she didn’t hear much when the Sting folded this offseason. And the WNBA seemed to be moving on without missing a beat, too. The league will tip off with 13 teams this season, but could quickly return to its 2002 height of 16 with all of the expansion talk going around.
The WNBA announced preliminary agreements with Atlanta despite the ABL being a bust in the city and all of the other major sports franchise’s inability to consistently fill their buildings. Now Fort Collins, Colo. is close to making a serious pitch. And WNBA president Donna Orender didn’t rule out a return to Charlotte when I spoke with her recently.
But I’m siding with the thought that the league should be in the Bay Area. Especially if the Storm can’t remain in Seattle. The location is similar to Seattle only you could pull from a bigger audience. Plus, with the decline of Washington’s crowd, three of the top-five attended teams in 2006 were located out West in Los Angeles, Sacramento and Seattle.
Regardless, it’s a great sign that prospective owners want to get in the game. That means Orender’s mantra that women’s basketball is a viable business is somewhat true.

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