Richie Says Expansion Not On Front Burner

by Categorized: Laurel Ritchie, WNBA Date:

   During a pretty quiet15-minute pregame media session, WNBA President Laurie Richie said the league is more interested in building the health of its 12 teams then worrying about expansion.

   “We want to make sure those teams are as strong as they can be,” Richie said. “I would say expansion is in the future, but we have assigned a number [of teams] or date on [the process].

 “We’re re no different than any other league. Our goal is to bring more fans to the arenas. We look at our attendance figures, which are heading in the right direction. We look at our [corporate] sponsorships, which are heading in the right trajectory. We want to keep heading in that direction.”

  Richie would not comment about the future of player compensation, currently capped at $107,000 per year. That’s because the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Players’ Association is up for renegotiation after the season.


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