Skip to main content

WNBA postpones start of season, draft still on

The season was set to begin May 15.

The inevitable postponement of the start of the WNBA season is now official as the professional women's basketball league announced Friday that training camp and opening tip of the 2020 season has been delayed because of 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. 

"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 WNBA Draft, albeit in virtual form, is still on as planned for 6 p.m. on April 17. Minnesota has the sixth and 16th picks in the draft. 

The Lynx issued the following statement in response to the season being postponed. 

“The Lynx fully support the WNBA’s decision today to postpone the start of the upcoming WNBA season. The safety of our fans, players and staff is of the utmost importance. Our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by the pandemic and we thank those who are working tirelessly to fight the coronavirus."

The Lynx were set to open the season May 15 at Chicago, with their home opener at Target Center two days later against Indiana. 

Next Up

Seventh Street Truck Park shooting, St. Paul

St. Paul man pleads guilty in illegal firearms conspiracy

One of the guns Gabriel Lee Young-Duncan obtained was used in a deadly St. Paul shooting last year.

Train Days

Historic locomotives to roll into St. Paul for Train Days

The festival at the Union Depot returns June 4-5.

Dalton tornado

Tornadoes, large hail, damaging wind possible in Sunday/Monday storms

The Twin Cities is among the areas that could get hit.

Redtail Ridge Elementary

Sunbather on the roof triggers shelter-in-place at Savage elementary school

The sunbather told police he was trying to "tan and relax."

Nero

The Raptor Center's ambassador, Nero the turkey vulture, dies at 47

Nero helped save the California condors before taking up his post as an education ambassador.

Ben Leber

Ben Leber named new permanent co-host of 'Twin Cities Live'

The former Minnesota Vikings linebacker was introduced Friday afternoon.

MPR

APM Reports, maker of 'In the Dark' podcast, nixed by Minnesota Public Radio

MPR said "select programming elements" of APM Reports will be incorporated into MPR News.

storm, severe

The latest on holiday weekend severe weather chances for MN

The most significant severe threats are Sunday night and again on Monday.

Arianna Vos

Charges: Driver was drunk, high in head-on crash that killed 19-year-old woman

The young woman killed in the crash was a college student studying zoology.

Related

Napheesa Collier

Lynx announce final roster moves ahead of 2020 WNBA season

The roster is built around 2019 Rookie of the Year Napheesa Collier.

Napheesa Collier

Agreement to bring WNBA players better pay, quality of life

Top players could earn more than $500,000 beginning this coming season.

Napheesa Collier

Napheesa Collier named WNBA Rookie of the Year

The 22-year-old out of UConn proved to be a great draft pick.

Napheesa Collier

Lynx are WNBA's hottest team entering the Olympic break

Minnesota doesn't play again until Aug. 15.

Maya Moore to sit out second straight WNBA season

Moore is trying to help free a man who has been in prison for 22+ years.

Napheesa Collier

Lynx on the verge of clinching playoff spot; Collier in the MVP race?

Collier has been outstanding since Sylvia Fowles went down with a calf injury.

Seimone Augustus

Seimone Augustus 'probable' to make season debut for Lynx

She's yet to play this season while recovering from knee surgery.