The start of the WNBA season and training camp have officially been postponed as the league announced early Friday morning.
News did not come as a shock to most given the current climate surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, with most feeling that the announcement was only a matter of time.
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"As developments continue to emerge around the COVID-19 pandemic, including the extension of the social distancing guidelines in the United States through April 30, the WNBA will postpone the start of its training camps and tip of the regular season originally scheduled for May 15," said WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert in a statement.
"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."
The WNBA draft is still set to take place on April 17 virtually with coverage beginning at 7:00 pm ET. Commissioner Cathy Engelbert will name the picks while top prospects will be invited to participate remotely live.
The announcement of the season getting postponed poses many questions when it comes to early entrees into the draft. What would happen if there is no 2020 WNBA season? Would these early entrees be allowed to return to their collegiate programs for a final year of eligibility? The NCAA and WNBA have been in close communication about this particular subject, but no official announcement has taken place.
"We continue to send our thoughts and prayers to our players, fans and all of those in the community impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are grateful to those selfless health care workers and first responders who work tirelessly on the front lines," concluded Engelbert.