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Atlanta Dream hopping the pond for exhibition game

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The WNBA and Manchester City Council today announced that the 2010 WNBA Eastern Conference Champion Atlanta Dream will play the first-ever WNBA game in Europe when they take on the Great Britain women’s team in WNBA Live – Manchester 2011. The preseason matchup, to be played on May 29, 2011 at the Manchester Evening News Arena, marks the league’s second international game in its 15-season history (2004; Monterrey, Mexico). "The WNBA has helped influence the explosive growth of women’s basketball around the globe and we are thrilled to bring the Atlanta Dream to the UK for the league’s first-ever WNBA game in Europe," said Renee Brown, WNBA Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations. "Manchester is an outstanding city with passionate sports fans and we are excited to have them experience WNBA basketball first hand." - I personally am not a fan of some other professional sports playing overseas (i.e. the NFL) because I don't see it as a great value. However, a lot of these women play in Europe in the offseason and already have a fan following. I'm interested to see how this will play out for not only the Drea, but the league. Your thoughts?