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WNBA coaches, players favor roster expansion over league expansion

Chicago Sky F Candace Parker is more concerned about longevity and what it takes to sustain a WNBA franchiseCAITIE MCMEKIN/KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL

If given a choice between "league expansion and roster expansion" in the WNBA, coaches and players would "favor the latter," according to Annie Costabile of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES. As teams made cuts last week ahead of opening weekend, many stars expressed "discontent with the size of rosters." Of the league’s 12 teams, 10 began the season with "only 11 of a possible 12 players." With the league "looking to add two expansion teams in the next few years," some players "voiced concern." Chicago Sky F Candace Parker is "more concerned about longevity and what it takes to sustain a franchise." Without the development of young players, the WNBA will "see a gap in talent," which is "why many are advocating for deeper rosters before expansion." Adding three roster spots per team would "bring 36 players to the league versus the 24 that would join with two 12-player expansion teams." The WNBPA can "negotiate for more investment like roster expansion" when the CBA expires in '27, or the league can "modify it before then." WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert has "been wary of the league expanding before establishing a successful economic model" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 5/11).

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