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American women have tried three times to put together a professional basketball league.
Women's professional basketball is still successfull today. The WNBA will probably only get bigger and stronger in the future.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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