Following a bravado run as host of the first American Athletic Conference postseason tournament, the Mohegan Sun Arena is likely to get another chance to welcome national guests from the world of women’s basketball.
Sources told the Courant on Monday that ESPN and the WNBA will likely move this year’s WNBA Draft from the cable giant’s Bristol headquarters to the floor of the Mohegan Sun Arena, the home of the Connecticut Sun.
The reason for the move is logistical. There is renovation taking place at ESPN which would make it nearly impossible to host the event on its campus. The Mohegan Sun, which has hosted numerous WNBA all-star games, was more than happy (and available) to step in.
Network officials have already staged a preliminary walk-through of the building to plan where things would be set up.
Moving the draft to the Mohegan Sun is a marvelous long-term idea that both ESPN and the WNBA should consider.
The plan would likely include inviting fans to attend, which would lend life and spontaneity to an otherwise dull event.
The Sun have the first pick in this year’s draft and two UConn players, Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley, are almost certain first-round picks.
Not only that, but the WNBA runs a better chance of attracting Connecticut’s media to the event, along with a handful of national writers and columnists who show up in Bristol every year.