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New logo, new era for the WNBA

Today, the WNBA announced that the league has entered into a new television deal with ESPN through the 2022 season. In addition, it announced that it will embark on a new branding campaign which features a new league logo and uniforms for the 2014 season. According to the Sports Business Daily, this television deal will be worth approximately $12 million a season.

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New WNBA promo spot to be aired tonight

The WNBA will release a new promotional advertisement today on NBA TV as well as during the NBA's Conference Finals on TNT and ESPN.

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LiveAccess is $14.99 for 2013

If you're waiting to see how much online streaming of non-market games will be in 2013, the site has been updated and that's the price. The new price is triple the $4.99 price in the 2012 season which is basically the same price as 20 Chicken McNuggets at McDonald's.

I hate being self serving, but I think this is a good thing, and also implied that this would happen in the Phoenix Mercury "#ManUpChallenge Rant" and no, I haven't changed my stance on it.

There will be a free trial of LiveAccess until May 26 if you are wondering whether to buy it or not. But I don't think this should be a game changer in a bad way given that $14.99 is still a very low price relatively speaking.

UPDATE at 9:45 PM - If you had LiveAccess last year, with a promo code, you can buy it for $12.99. The NBA sent this out via email earlier this afternoon.

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Enjoy the discount.

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WNBA Western teams' best & worst case scenarios

We now take a hypothetical look at the league's Western Conference teams and what a stretch goal best case scenario is for them, as well as a worst case scenario. For the Eastern Conference, click here.

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WNBA Eastern teams' best & worst case scenarios

Here are some hypothetical best case and worst case scenarios I can see for each WNBA Eastern Conference team this season.

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Western Conference links so far

More links, this time from the West.

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Eastern Conference teams' links from the web

Some links around the web with training camp now starting.

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Links to all the WNBA team's training camp rosters

Today, Training Camp finally starts in the WNBA while some others begin theirs tomorrow. Below is a list of roster links or articles if a team created one, and StoryStreams on each team's offseason. We'll have new StoryStreams for the 2013 regular season when the time comes.

Team

Camp Roster Link

StoryStream

Atlanta Dream

Roster and Article

Link

Chicago Sky

Roster

Link

Connecticut Sun

Roster

Link

Indiana Fever

Roster and Article

Link

Los Angeles Sparks

Roster

Link

Minnesota Lynx

Roster and Article

Link

New York Liberty

Roster and Article

Link

Phoenix Mercury

Roster

Link

San Antonio Silver Stars

Roster

Link

Seattle Storm

Roster and Article

Link

Tulsa Shock

Roster

Link

Washington Mystics

Roster and Article

Link

Though Training Camps will go on for about the next three weeks, we will see some preseason games coming in the next few days let alone this week. On Thursday, the Atlanta Dream will travel to visit the Tulsa Shock for a matinee match at 12:30 PM Eastern Time. On Saturday, there will be two more games, first with the Indiana Fever visiting the San Antonio Silver Stars at 2:00 PM Eastern, then a 7:00 PM Eastern match as the New York Liberty visits the Connecticut Sun.

Update at 1:50 PM ET - Though Training Camp is allowed to start today per the league's website, the Connecticut Sun, New York Liberty, Phoenix Mercury and Washington Mystics will start theirs tomorrow.

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WNBA Training Camps Start Sunday

Okay, we haven't had too many posts this week and we apologize for that. But the good news is that things should finally change pretty dramatically next week. On Sunday, teams will start training camp and we finally see get to see how rosters shape up. No more hypothetical talk about things that may or may not happen. Now the players get to just show what they're made of and before you know it the 2013 WNBA season will finally begin.

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Open Thread: Is Year Round Play Hurting the WNBA?

The 2013 WNBA season is supposed to be a highly anticipated season because of the "Big Three" players who we have talked about in a previous thread not too long ago. We have seen that the league is implementing new rules and introducing new logos to rebrand itself. But we have also seen that the league lose four star players in this offseason due directly or indirectly from year round play which includes international league play which generally pays more than the WNBA. So, is this hurting the WNBA's on the court product and its long term future?

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The new WNBA rule: "No apologies"

"'You know you never defeated us on the battlefield,' said the American colonel. The North Vietnamese colonel pondered this remark a moment. 'That may be so,' he replied, 'but it is also irrelevant.'"




-Colonel Harry G. Summers Jr. and Colonel Tu - "On Strategy"

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ESPN partnership critical to reimagining the WNBA

ESPN's renewed commitment to the WNBA is as not merely a business partner but a partner in helping to shape and realize the league's vision is critical to the continued growth of the league.

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The WNBA's live announcement about ESPN agreement

Live announcement from John Skipper, President of ESPN, Inc.,Co-Chairman of the Disney Media Networks and Laurel J. Richie, WNBA President.

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The state of the WNBA: 2012 edition

As 2012 runs out of sand, it's time to reflect back on the previous year and think about the year to come. What is the state of the WNBA at the end of the 2012? Can we predict what will happen for the league in 2013? Has the league been stable, or is it built on quicksand?

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