The WNBA announced today in a press release that it has postponed the opening of its training camps and the start of the 2020 season, which was scheduled to tip off on May 15. Although the league didn’t make it official until today, the move was long expected due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“While the league continues to use this time to conduct scenario-planning regarding new start dates and innovative formats, our guiding principle will continue to be the health and safety of the players, fans, and employees,” commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement.
Considering the NBA isn’t expected to have a chance to resume until June or July at the earliest, it’s safe to say the same is true of the WNBA. Like the NBA, the women’s league figures to explore experimental ideas and pragmatic solutions — including the possibility of playing behind closed doors — as it looks to salvage its season.
Despite the fact that the WNBA season has been delayed indefinitely, the league will move forward with its draft on April 17, two weeks from Friday. Instead of being an in-person event, the 2020 draft will be virtual, with prospects taking part remotely.
Depending on how the COVID-19 situation evolves in the coming months, it’s possible the NBA will have to take similar steps with its own draft, which is still tentatively scheduled for June 25.