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WNBA in talks to start 22-game season at IMG Academy in Florida

The regular season will start on July 24, pending approval from the Board of Governors and the players.

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WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert is about enter her first full season, which will be truncated due to the coronavirus.
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The 2019-20 NBA season is getting back into gear. And the WNBA is starting to get the ball rolling on their 2020 season as well.

According to Mechelle Voepel of ESPN, the league plans to start a 22-game regular season on July 24 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. IMG Academy is a boarding school and sports training center that is located in western Florida, about 100 miles southwest of Walt Disney World near Orlando where the NBA is resuming their season.

The Women’s Basketball Players Association still has to approve the deal along with the owners, but it’s possible that players may only get paid 60 percent of their salaries due to a shortened season.

The 2020 WNBA season will affect the Washington Wizards. Assistant Coach Kristi Toliver is still an active player with the Los Angeles Sparks, the team she now plays for and spent most of her career with. Though the Wizards will go to Walt Disney World in July, August and perhaps more, they will likely do so without her.

As for the Washington Mystics, the defending WNBA champions, we will finally get a chance to see a juggernaut frontcourt of Elena Delle Donne, Emma Meesseman and Tina Charles dominate their counterparts.

The next couple months should be very intriguing at Bullets Forever, since we will be covering the Mystics and the Wizards simultaneously during meaningful games. It will be challenging because I can realistically see games from both teams happening simultaneously, but I’m confident that we will do it as well as anyone out there.