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Expanding the WNBA: A Game-Changer for Women’s Basketball

Good day, champions! I trust you’re enjoying your day. Happy Wednesday, everyone – we’re halfway through the week.

For quite some time now, there have been clamors for expansion within the WNBA, and it appears that these wishes are on the brink of fulfillment.

While you were resting, a groundbreaking announcement surfaced: the Golden State Warriors group, led by Joe Lacob, is nearing an agreement to introduce a new team to the Bay Area, as reported by Marcus Thompson of The Athletic. Remarkably, this new team will be headquartered in Oakland while sharing the impressive Chase Center with the Warriors.

This is monumental news, and we’ve been deliberating on it here for a considerable duration. Every season, highly skilled players who deserve a spot on rosters throughout the league find themselves cut due to the limited space available. The addition of one or two more teams would undoubtedly alleviate this issue.

Moreover, the timing seems impeccable, wouldn’t you agree? The league hasn’t undergone expansion since 2008 when the Atlanta Dream was established. Another team brings a breath of fresh air, particularly to the Bay Area, where women’s basketball has a storied history.

However, let’s not overlook the concerns some hold regarding league expansion. This includes certain players, as noted by Cassandra Negley, a WNBA reporter at Yahoo!

Admittedly, there are substantial challenges that the WNBA must address. Chief among them is the issue of player travel, with teams unable to secure charter flights for their squads. Additionally, due to league prioritization rules, the WNBA’s middle-class players find themselves in a tight spot, as elucidated by Negley.

“When the CBA was signed in 2020, it increased the maximum base salary by approximately 84%. The salary cap did not rise proportionally, increasing by 30%. That created stratification and a middle subset of players [Kelsey] Plum said is getting squeezed because they aren’t being paid big dollars domestically, and they can’t spend their 6-8 months off playing overseas because of prioritization rules that go into full effect this coming spring.”

Furthermore, it’s evident that players require better protection during pregnancy, as exemplified by the experiences of Skylar Diggins-Smith and Dearica Hamby this season. Their benefits also need significant improvement.

While the addition of a new team to the WNBA would be advantageous, it should be acknowledged that this expansion alone may not resolve the existing challenges faced by the league’s players. In fact, while it may increase the number of players on rosters and their earnings, it could also expose them to some of these hardships.

Nevertheless, it’s challenging to dismiss the prospects of expansion. It would introduce a new media market to the league and expand the proverbial pie for everyone involved. Clearly, Lacob and his team are unafraid of significant investments, as evidenced by the Warriors’ substantial luxury tax bill. This is undoubtedly a positive development that bodes well for the league’s future.

Whether the WNBA is fully prepared for this expansion or not, one thing is certain – it’s on the horizon, and embracing it might be the wisest course of action.

Other Noteworthy WNBA Updates:

Breanna Stewart has been named the league MVP for this season. She narrowly edged out Alyssa Thomas and A’ja Wilson for this prestigious award. Wilson expressed her disappointment at losing, stating that it “hurt like hell.”

Speaking of A’ja Wilson, the Aces have taken a commanding 2-0 lead against the Wings, thanks to another outstanding performance by the Defensive Player of the Year. She’s on fire right now.

The Liberty managed to level their series with the Sun at 1-1, and what’s impressive is that New York achieved this without a standout performance from Stewart. This situation is quite intimidating for the Sun, as New York now needs to secure a road victory in Connecticut after dropping Game 1. The tension is palpable.

College Football Drama Unfolds

The ongoing college football season resembles a heated Jake Paul boxing match, filled with drama and rivalries that keep fans on the edge of their seats.

One prominent source of drama is the friction between Deion Sanders and Colorado, which has earned them the ire of numerous teams. But the drama doesn’t end there. Let’s turn our attention to the peculiar feud between Ohio State’s Ryan Day and none other than Lou Holtz – yes, that Lou Holtz.

Day publicly criticized Holtz after Ohio State’s recent victory over Notre Dame, where Holtz questioned OSU’s physicality and deemed Notre Dame superior. Holtz, however, isn’t backing down and is doubling down on his comments.

In a recent appearance on Dan Dakich’s YouTube show, Holtz continued to call out Day and his team. He even brought up the fierce rivalry with Michigan, adding more fuel to the fire.

The exchange between these two figures reads like something out of WWE promotional material. I half expect Lou Holtz to make a dramatic entrance at halftime of Ohio State’s next game, with the crowd echoing, “BAH GAWD, THAT’S LOU HOLTZ’S MUSIC!” While the lights may not dim for a noon game, the theatricality is undeniable. It’s a spectacle to behold.

College football’s drama continues to captivate – and we can only hope it keeps delivering.

Steve Kerr’s Basketball Quandary

Steve Kerr is grappling with a classic sports dilemma – the conundrum of having more starters than available starting spots. It’s what we playfully refer to as “boy math.”

In all seriousness, Kerr faces a challenging decision regarding the Warriors’ starting lineup this season, given the addition of Chris Paul. Clearly, he hasn’t quite cracked the code on this puzzle yet.

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