The WNBA announced its collective bargaining agreement with the players’ union was ratified by the Board of Governors on Friday. Los Angeles All-Star Nneka Ogwumike, who was seated among the KeyArena’s Stanford crowd for the Pac-12 tournament, was relieved. “At first we were like, ‘What’s going to happen?’” Ogwumike said of talk among WNBA players…More
WNBA star Tamika Catchings remembers it starting for her in high school. Splitting time between Stephenson HS in Illinois and Duncanville HS in Texas due to her parent’s divorce, the popular thing before her basketball games would be for her team to surround each other, run through a couple of chants then lineup for player…More
UPDATE: The photo was updated to show an image of Jason Collins in his No. 98 jersey. Despite fans being able to purchase the jersey this week, Collins’ official version wasn’t ready until Wednesday. This post was made prior to images being available of the official jersey. ———————————— We can argue all day whether…More
The WNBA grabbed plenty of headlines this offseason. But aside from ownership changes and overseas player updates, there has been some big news regarding community outreach with some of the players. Earlier this month Elena Delle Donne, the WNBA Rookie of the Year, was named a global Special Olympics ambassador. The organization has long been…More
Storm All-Star Lauren Jackson underwent successful knee and Achilles surgery late Monday in Melbourne. The injuries were discovered while playing in China and she’s expected to need a four-month recovery in order to extend her career until she’s 40. But that means she’ll likely miss a second WNBA season, which opens training…More
From the Storm: Seattle Storm Announces 2014 Schedule Home slate features 10 weekend games SEATTLE – The Storm will tip off its 2014 campaign versus Los Angeles at KeyArena on May 16. The 2014 Seattle Storm schedule, announced by the WNBA on Thursday, features three home games against the Sparks and two trips from both the reigning…More
The monthlong saga of what will happen to the Los Angeles Sparks appears to be over. Broadcaster Larry Burnett, the voice of the Sparks, wrote on his blog that NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson will be part of a group that purchases the franchise. Burrnett also posted on his Twitter account the…More
FOX cut from the Seahawks’ domination of Super Bowl XLVIII to show images of its interpretation of the city’s only other champion — the 1979 Sonics — and a nerve was pricked, again. Storm fans, leading executive Karen Bryant and WNBA three-time MVP Lauren Jackson (who watched the game from China where she’s currently…More
Day 1 of Washington coach Mike Neighbors new plan to get the Huskies playing better started Tuesday. A first-year head coach at the college level, Neighbors is testing one of his favorite quotes by Albert Einstein, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
So, now UW practices one day a week. Sounds insane. But as Neighbors explained, the team was getting about one practice in anyway, only it wasn’t everybody at the same time due to multiple injuries. On Tuesday players go through individual workouts, on Wednesdays, everyone who can play in the weekend’s games will participate in a traditional practice and Thursdays will be more focused on Friday’s opponent. Off-days are Mondays.
“We can’t improve because we can’t practice,” Neighbors said Tuesday. “It wasn’t ever going to get better the way we were doing it.”
Washington (8-7, 1-3 Pac-12) is on a three-game losing streak, creating a must-win scenario against Utah on Friday at Alaska Airlines Arena. UW faces its third ranked team of the season in No. 21 Colorado on Sunday. Washington lost to then-No. 23 Texas A&M (74-68) in December and then-No. 24 Arizona State (78-60) earlier this month.More
Watching recent WNBA news swirl the past week about the loss of the Los Angeles Sparks owners seems like most feel the league is one Tinseltown from becoming Bikini Basketball — some obscure version of hoops never to be heard of again.
A league spokesperson on Friday told The Seattle Times there is no update to report. The WNBA hasn’t even acknowledged the story on its website and the Sparks’ site streams along as if nothing has happened, Ticketmaster allowing you to purchase packages, too.
LA’s last tweet on its Twitter account was Dec. 27 asking for more followers. The Sparks have more than 28,000 as of Sunday morning.
Don't forget to tell your friends/fam to follow us! We need 30,000 by 2014 for someone to win the ultimate Sparks experience. #WeAreSparks
— Los Angeles Sparks (@LA_Sparks) December 27, 2013
Everyone, including Storm co-owner Lisa Brummel, states the league was blindsided by the dropout, so it’s natural some details haven’t been broached. Like the NBA, the WNBA doesn’t open its books, so none publicly knows the real financial state of the league. A major television network has even dumped money in a failed league before (XFL anyone?), so ESPN investing in the WNBA through the 2022 season doesn’t cement stability.
Still, the WNBA isn’t going to crumble without LA. The NFL surely didn’t.
There’s a passionate fan base that’s started a petition to keep the team in the city. But honestly, the WNBA has long needed to return to the Bay Area.More