As the COVID-19 pandemic grips the nation, businesses around the country continue to adjust.
The business of sports if not immune.
The NBA, NHL, MLS, and MLB have all suspended their seasons, while the NFL continues to monitor the situation months ahead of the start of its new season.
On Friday, the WNBA joined the list of leagues whose seasons' scheduled is impacted by the virus.
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the league has announced that it will postpone the start of training camp as well as the start of the regular season, originally scheduled for May 15.
WNBA will postpone start of training camps and tip of the regular season that was originally scheduled for May 15. A virtual WNBA Draft is still set for April 17 with top prospects participating remotely.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) April 3, 2020
WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert released the following statement:
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. 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.
While the action on the court may be postponed, the league still intends to move forward with the 2020 draft, scheduled for April 17th.
In order to help contain the spread of the virus and adhere to social distancing guidelines, the league will hold it's draft virtually. Top prospects, who would normally be on location in the draft green room, will instead participate remotely.