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WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert releases statement regarding the start of the 2020 regular-season

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NEW YORK, April 3, 2020 - WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert released the following statement:

"As developments continue to emerge around the COVID-19 pandemic, including the extension of the social distancing guidelines in the United States through April 30, the WNBA will postpone the start of its training camps and tip of the regular season originally scheduled for May 15.

While the league continues to use this time to conduct scenario-planning regarding new start dates and innovative formats, our guiding principle will continue to be the health and safety of the players, fans and employees.

In the meantime, the league and our teams remain focused on preparing for the upcoming virtual WNBA Draft 2020 presented by State Farm on April 17.

Top prospects will take part remotely live on ESPN with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

This virtual draft allows players who have worked so hard to have their dreams realized when they hear their names called and provides teams the opportunity to build their rosters in anticipation of the day that we are able to move forward with our season.

We continue to send our thoughts and prayers to our players, fans, and all of those in the community impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are grateful to those selfless health care workers and first responders who work tirelessly on the front lines."

*editors note: WNBA Draft will also be live in Canada on Sportsnet ONE and TSN with coverage beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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