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WNBA virtual draft, delay to season opener announced

WNBAThe WNBA will hold a virtual draft on April 17 and delay both training camp and the season opener in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“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,” WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said via press 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 virtual draft on ESPN will feature remote shots of players, team officials and league officials.