Thursday, December 17, 2009

2010 WNBA Season to Start May 15th

John Courant of the Hartford Courant gives us some hints about the 2010 upcoming WNBA schedule.

Sienko said the WNBA plans to release the 2010 schedule by the end of the week. The season will start May 15. The Finals will run no later than Sept. 20. ... The league has not decided if, when or where an All-Star Game will be played, though Sienko said the Sun would be interested in hosting it again. ... The salary cap will drop to $775,000 and rosters remain at 11. ... Free agency begins Jan. 1. Teams can start offering contracts Jan. 15.

According to the 2008 Collective Bargaining Agreement with the WNBA Players Association, the salary cap was supposed to be $827,000. I wonder how this is going to affect players playing in Europe, as most league seasons there wrap up their finals in May.


Anonymous said...

Do you know if teams will be allowed to sign "replacement" players for players still not back from Europe? Or will they have to go with shorter benches until they get all their players back?

pt said...

No clue. I suspect that our draft picks will get some chance to play until our posts get back from Europe.

Anonymous said...

Thanks. Part of me wonders if we should have set schedules every year and not try to accomodate international tournaments and foreign leagues, and tell our players to either be on board or off. It might make some players upset and we might even lose some players, but then we won't be always playing the second-fiddle role anymore.