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The Time for WNBA Expansion is Now

As the WNBA enters its 25th season, the time for expansion is now.

WNBA Pride Night by Lorie Schaull is licensed under CC BY SA-2.0

The Time for WNBA Expansion is Now


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I’m not just saying this because I have an incredible marketing/branding idea to get a team back in Detroit. But maybe I am?

If you were one of the many millions that tuned into the NCAA Women’s Tournament this year you are well aware of all of the breakout stars like Aari McDonald that captivated us over the period of several weeks with their excellent play. This year sees a record setting number of female players that have decided to declare that they want to go pro. 52 players to be exact. It also marks the 25th anniversary of the WNBA’s inception.

The engagement level for women’s basketball is at an all time high. So, to put it simply, 12 teams in this league is simply not enough now. Especially compared to their male counterparts. They have 30 teams in their league as draft options. Additionally, many male players can go to the G-League should they not get drafted, which isn’t the case for most of the women. Their only other option is to go overseas. Which many of the WNBA players already do in their offseason.

Don’t even get me started on their jersey rollouts for this year. They put every other professional sports league to shame. So many leagues are not on the WNBA’s level and for so many reasons.

It’s Time To Grow

The Draft kicks off Thursday night and will be televised on ESPN. There are surely hearts that will be broken because there is simply not enough space for all of these incredible women to see their dreams come true. It’s a shame because they should all have a shot to go pro. Hopefully, this is the moment that will inspire the movement to grow the league even more.

All I’m saying is if there is an investor or a connection to one that wants to reach out to me about bringing a team back to Detroit I already have a design concept and a handful of names at the ready. The Shock (now the Dallas Wings who have the first two picks in this year’s draft and will hopefully take McDonald) occupied one of the spots on Championship Drive in Auburn Hills and this city would love to have some SOUL back in it. (Hint hint for one of my name ideas).

An actor by degree, sports lover by day, and a bartender by night. As a native of suburban Detroit it took moving to NYC for Katie to fully realize her love of all things Michigan and Detroit sports. Feel free to engage her in her love of the coolest city and prettiest state in the country and why she will always root for Ohio State to lose every sporting event ever. No, really I am dead serious about that last statement.

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