The WNBA is set to announce a new expansion team in the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday, according to a source with direct knowledge of the addition. The individual requested anonymity as they were not authorized to speak publicly until the official announcement. This news emerges just days before the WNBA finals, touted as the most anticipated in league history, are scheduled to tip off between Las Vegas and New York on Sunday.
Details and Anticipations
The team is slated to begin play in the 2025 season, providing the cities and ownership groups more than 18 months to prepare. Furthermore, the WNBA is in discussions with other potential ownership groups about expansion in additional cities. The number of teams is also expected to be announced on Thursday. The WNBA, which currently comprises 12 teams, last expanded in 2008 with the addition of the Atlanta Dream.
Recent Highlights and Achievements
In recent WNBA news, Indiana Fever forward-center Aliyah Boston was unanimously named the 2023 WNBA Rookie of the Year on Monday. The No. 1 overall draft pick showcased a stellar performance, averaging 14.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.3 blocks while starting all 40 games.
Leadership and Other Sports Developments
Catherine Engelbert, born on November 14, 1964, serves as an American business executive and Commissioner of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). In a related development, the National Women’s Soccer League announced in April that Bay Area FC would commence play in 2024 in San Jose.
It’s worth noting that the addition of a new team in the San Francisco Bay Area is a significant move for the WNBA, aligning with the league’s growth and expansion strategy. The Golden State Warriors, having been one of the most successful NBA franchises over the past decade, express a desire to replicate this success in the WNBA, fostering anticipation and excitement among fans and stakeholders alike.