(Reuters) – The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) will begin its 2020 season in late July amid the COVID-19 outbreak with all games to be played without fans at a single site in Florida, the league said on Monday.
The WNBA said in a statement the IMG Academy in Bradenton will be the home for each of the league’s 12 teams and serve as a single site for training camp, games and housing.
Teams will play a 22-game regular season games instead of the originally-scheduled 36 games, followed by a traditional playoff format of single-elimination games for the first two rounds and best-of-five series for the semis and finals.
Despite the shortened regular season, all players will receive their full salary and benefits during the campaign.
The WNBA said its priority remains the health and safety of players and staff, and that it is working with medical experts and government officials on a set of guidelines to ensure appropriate medical protocols are in place.
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