Women's National Basketball Association

The Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) is a professional basketball league in the United States. It is currently composed of twelve teams. The league was founded on April 22, 1996, as the women's counterpart to the National Basketball Association (NBA), and league play started in 1997. The regular season is played from May to September, with the All Star game being played midway through the season in July (except in Olympic years) and the WNBA Finals at the end of September until the beginning of October.

Women's National Basketball Association
Current season, competition or edition:
2022 WNBA season
SportBasketball
FoundedApril 22, 1996; 26 years ago (1996-04-22)
FounderDavid Stern
Inaugural season1997
CommissionerCathy Engelbert
MottoWatch Me Work
No. of teams12
CountryUnited States
HeadquartersNew York City
Most recent
champion(s)
Chicago Sky
(1st title)
Most titlesHouston Comets
Minnesota Lynx
Seattle Storm
(4 titles each)
TV partner(s)
Official websiteWNBA.com

Five WNBA teams have direct NBA counterparts and normally play in the same arena: Indiana Fever, Los Angeles Sparks, Minnesota Lynx, New York Liberty, and Phoenix Mercury. The Atlanta Dream, Chicago Sky, Connecticut Sun, Dallas Wings, Las Vegas Aces, Seattle Storm, and Washington Mystics do not share an arena with a direct NBA counterpart, although four of the seven (the Dream, the Sky, the Wings, and the Mystics) share a market with an NBA counterpart, two (Mystics and Dream) play in NBA G League arenas, while the Storm shared an arena and market with an NBA team, the SuperSonics, at the time of its founding. The Dream, Sky, Sun, Wings, Aces, Sparks, and Storm are all independently owned. The Aces are owned by an owner who also owns an NFL team (Mark Davis of the Raiders, who have the same market).


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