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American women have tried three times to put together a professional basketball league.
  1. On December 9, 1978 the first game of the Women's Professional Basketball League (WBL) took place between the Chicago Hustle and Milwaukee Does. The eight-team league only lasted three seasons.
  2. In 1992 when the Women's World Basketball Association (WWBA) was launched in the Midwest with six teams. And it too folded shortly after it started.
  3. Finally on April 24, 1996 the NBA Board of Governors approved the idea of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) concept.

    • October 23, 1996 the first players are signed to play in the WNBA.

    • October 30, 1996 eight cities (Charlotte, Cleveland, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, Sacramento and Utah) are selected to be homes to the WNBA's charter teams.

    • February 27, 1997 the WNBA holds its Elite Draft for 16 signed veteran players.

    • April 28, 1997 the WNBA holds its draft for college players and unsigned veterans.

    • June 21, 1997 the inaugural WNBA season begins. There was a crowd of 14,284 people.

    • Then on Aug. 22, the WNBA league attendance surpassed the one million mark at America West Arena in Phoenix. The league ended a successful inaugural season with an average attendance of 9,669.

Women's professional basketball is still successfull today. The WNBA will probably only get bigger and stronger in the future.

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