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The WNBA season plays in the summer when the sports calendar is less crowded so the games can be televised live and during prime time. During a successful inaugural season, more than 50 million viewers watched WNBA games.
By 1999, WNBA games were broadcast in over 125 countries with 37 broadcasters in 17 languages. Nearly one million viewers per week watched the WNBA on national television during the second and third seasons.
Making the Team
There were only eight teams announced for the league's inaugural season. The Eastern Conference had the Charlotte Sting, Cleveland Rockers, Houston Comets and New York Liberty while the Western Conference had the Los Angeles Sparks, Phoenix Mercury, Sacramento Monarchs and Utah Starzz.
Since the inaugural season, the WNBA has expanded from eight teams to 16. The 2000 season had 176 women play professional basketball in 256 regular season WNBA games.
Women's basketball has come a long way since its beginnings in 1892 when Senda Berenson adapted basketball rules for women. And it looks like the WNBA is strong enough to go even further.
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