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Video: WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert discusses the league’s diversity initiatives, the Olympics, partnerships and more

Video: WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert discusses the league’s diversity initiatives, the Olympics, partnerships and more

WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert spoke to media on Tuesday via Zoom in a press conference hosted by the Dallas Wings. She discussed a variety of league issues. Some excerpts of the interview are below. For the full presser, watch the…

WNBA Releases 2021 Schedule; Regular Season Begins Friday, May 14

WNBA Releases 2021 Schedule; Regular Season Begins Friday, May 14

The WNBA’s commemorative 25th season tips off on Friday, May 14 beginning a weekend slate where all 12 teams will see action. The league marks the season with a campaign called Count It, special Nike-designed uniforms, and a redesigned Wilson…

New Mystics forward Erica McCall primed and ready for her fifth season in the WNBA

New Mystics forward Erica McCall primed and ready for her fifth season in the WNBA

Erica McCall looks ahead to the 2021 WNBA season View this post on Instagram A post shared by Erica McCall (@birdstheword_24) With the 2021 WNBA season on the horizon and a year filled with uncertainty, unexpected change, and rapid adjustments…

Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler loses runoff election to candidate supported by WNBA players, Rev. Raphael Warnock

Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler loses runoff election to candidate supported by WNBA players, Rev. Raphael Warnock

In a contentious election, Democrat Raphael Warnock, the pastor of Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, defeated Atlanta Dream co-owner and Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler in a runoff. Warnock becomes Georgia’s first black U.S. senator. After being appointed to the…

WNBA games called off as players put spotlight on racial injustice and show solidarity with NBA

WNBA games called off as players put spotlight on racial injustice and show solidarity with NBA

WNBA players decided to not play three games scheduled for Wednesday night showing solidarity with NBA teams who also refused to play as a strong statement against racial injustice in light of police brutality including the shooting of Jacob Blake,…

WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert addresses bubble protocol, contingency plans and social justice initiatives: “We’re ready to go”

WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert addresses bubble protocol, contingency plans and social justice initiatives: “We’re ready to go”

Three days before the WNBA season begins in Florida, the league’s commissioner Cathy Engelbert held a teleconference with media. She opened the call with comments summarizing the lead up to teams and staffers arriving at IMG Academy in Bradenton. “We…

WNBA denies Elena Delle Donne’s medical opt-out request; Delle Donne and the team respond

7/15/20 Update: Elene Delle Donne responded to the league’s denial with an essay in The Players’ Tribune.  Delle Donne prefaced her essay on social media with this statement: “The league I’ve given my blood, sweat and tears to has basically…

WNBA teams begin to get settled in the bubble, focused on practice and conditioning

WNBA teams begin to get settled in the bubble, focused on practice and conditioning

Video courtesy Phoenix Mercury As of Saturday, all WNBA teams have arrived at the “bubble” location, IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The Indiana Fever was the last team to arrive. Team press conferences began Friday and will continue throughout the…

With opt-outs and pending medical evaluations, what does success look like for Washington Mystics?

With opt-outs and pending medical evaluations, what does success look like for Washington Mystics?

On July 6, WNBA players traveled to Bradenton, Florida, to start their delayed 2020 season under new quarantine protocols in light of the current coronavirus pandemic. For the Washington Mystics, forward Myisha Hines-Allen, guard Ariel Atkins and 2019 Finals MVP…

Washington Mystics players Elena Delle Donne and Tina Charles waiting for results of medical evaluations

Washington Mystics players Elena Delle Donne and Tina Charles waiting for results of medical evaluations

The Washington Mystics announced Wednesday that forward Elena Delle Donne and center Tina Charles “entered the WNBA player medical evaluation protocol. The players did not travel with the team to Bradenton, Florida. An update on their status will be given…

With Uncertainty Hanging Over Their Heads, Some WNBA Players Find Marketing Opportunities

Even with the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic hanging over the country and a truncated season on the horizon, some WNBA players continue to find ways to expand their careers with marketing and sponsorship deals. Converse and a Cloud Washington…

Los Angeles Sparks players Kristi Toliver and Chiney Ogwumike to opt out of the 2020 WNBA season

Los Angeles Sparks players Kristi Toliver and Chiney Ogwumike to opt out of the 2020 WNBA season

Los Angeles Sparks guard Kristi Toliver and her teammate, forward/center Chiney Ogwumike, will not play this season in the WNBA, bringing the total number of players deciding to opt out at nine. The others: Cecilia Zandalasini (Minnesota Lynx) Renee Montgomery…

Mystics owners, Monumental Sports, unveil a slate of social justice initiatives that includes a call for police reform

With many WNBA players at the forefront of athlete-led social activism movements, the parent company of the Washington Mystics, Monumental Sports & Entertainment, announced the launch of a program to combat social inequality and to address police brutality. Mystics guard…

2020 WNBA Transactions

2020 August 31, 2020 Chicago Sky: Signed free agent forward Alisia Jenkins to a 7-day contract August 26, 2020 Indiana Fever: Signed forward Jantel Lavender, as well as a second and third-round draft pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft from…

Washington Mystics begin NBA 2K20 televised game simulations featuring commentary from players

Washington Mystics begin NBA 2K20 televised game simulations featuring commentary from players

NBC Sports Washington and Monumental Sports Network presents the WNBA’s first televised video-game simulations with a weekly series featuring the reigning champion Washington Mystics using NBA 2K20, beginning Wednesday, May 6, at 6 p.m. ET. From the Mystics: The one-hour…

WNBA and player’s union reach eight-year collective bargaining agreement

WNBA and player’s union reach eight-year collective bargaining agreement

The WNBA and the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) reached an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA), pending ratification by the players and the league’s Board of Governors. The new eight-year CBA, which commences with the 2020…

Washington Mystics claim their first WNBA title, defeating the Connecticut Sun 89-78 in Game 5

Washington Mystics claim their first WNBA title, defeating the Connecticut Sun 89-78 in Game 5

WASHINGTON D.C. – Operation #RunItBack is complete. For the first time in franchise history, the Washington Mystics are WNBA Champions, taking down the Connecticut Sun 89-78 in a Game 5, winner-take-all match to claim the 2019 Finals. The league’s 2019…

Washington Mystics win their first-ever WNBA championship, top the Connecticut Sun 89-78

Washington Mystics win their first-ever WNBA championship, top the Connecticut Sun 89-78

The Washington Mystics are the 2019 WNBA Champions! CHAMPS ?#RanItBack #TogetherDC pic.twitter.com/p49ScR5jTO — Washington Mystics (@WashMystics) October 11, 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Mystics (27-8) won their first-ever WNBA title with an 89-78 victory over Connecticut Sun (23-12) Thursday night…

Connecticut Sun evens Finals series, forces do-or-die Game 5 after topping Washington Mystics 90-86

Connecticut Sun evens Finals series, forces do-or-die Game 5 after topping Washington Mystics 90-86

Video Game 1: Mystics 95, Sun 86 Game 2: Sun 99, Mystics 87 Game 3: Mystics 94, Sun 81 Game 4: Sun 90, Mystics 86 Game 5: Thu. Oct. 10, Sun at Mystics, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2/TSN The WNBA Finals will go to a game…

The 2019 All-WNBA First  and Second Teams

The 2019 All-WNBA First and Second Teams

The WNBA announced the 2019 First and Second teams during halftime of Game 3 of the WNBA Finals between the Connecticut Sun and Washington Mystics on Sunday afternoon. The league’s Most Valuable Player Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics…

Ahead of Game 3 Washington has a big question mark and Connecticut feels good

Ahead of Game 3 Washington has a big question mark and Connecticut feels good

Maryland’s Brenda Frese watches proudly as Terrapins thrive in the WNBA WASHINGTON D.C. – The WNBA hosted a teleconference call for media Thursday morning to discuss topics heading into game three of the 2019 Finals. The call included Connecticut’s coach…

Jonquel Jones sets records as Connecticut splits Finals series 1-1 with 99-87 win over Washington

Jonquel Jones sets records as Connecticut splits Finals series 1-1 with 99-87 win over Washington

Jonquel Jones led the Connecticut Sun in evening up the 2019 WNBA Finals with a 32-point, 18-rebound performance Notes || Shot Charts WASHINGTON D.C. – In game two of the WNBA Finals, the missing piece of Connecticut Sun’s puzzle finally…

Maryland’s Brenda Frese watches proudly as Terrapins thrive in the WNBA

Maryland’s Brenda Frese watches proudly as Terrapins thrive in the WNBA

WASHINGTON D.C. – With a warm personality and an infectious smile, Maryland’s Brenda Frese keeps the Terrapins among the crème of the crop of women’s college basketball. She arrived in College Park in 2002 and developed a culture of excellence…

Ariel Atkins shines as Washington takes game 1 of WNBA Finals topping Sun 95-86

Ariel Atkins shines as Washington takes game 1 of WNBA Finals topping Sun 95-86

Mystics forward Ariel Atkins scored 21 points, the most points she has scored in a game this postseason Notes || Shot Charts || Box score || WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert’s pre-game press conference WASHINGTON D.C. – Second-year Mystics forward Ariel…

Transcript and video: WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert’s 2019 WNBA Finals Press Conference

Transcript and video: WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert’s 2019 WNBA Finals Press Conference

COMMISSIONER ENGELBERT: Good afternoon, everyone. It’s great to be in Washington tipping off the WNBA Finals presented by YouTube TV. I want to begin by congratulating the two teams who are here with us today and, quite frankly, all of…