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The WNBA lands in Canada for the preseason, with the Sky-Lynx in Toronto

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The May 13, 2023 there WNBA Landing for the first time in its history Canadaat ScotiaBank Arena Toronto to the competition Season between the Chicago Sky and Minnesota Lynx.

For the USA Women’s Basketball League, this is not the first game outside national borders, the WNBA already played in Monterrey, Mexico in 2004 and Manchester, England in 2011, but the expansion, now only for the pre-season. In Canada it might be Foreword What can happen in the future?

Toronto and Montreal They are actually in the middle The city is vying to host an expanding WNBA franchise in the coming years Beyond the current 12, the expansion is expected to be warranted and announced by Commissioner Kathy Engelbert in recent months. By 2023. “We have recorded WNBA viewership in Canada for the past two seasons“Said Engelbert”So we’re excited to bring our basketball over there. The globalization of the game of the WNBA has been a key pillar of how we try to grow the league (…) Playing a game in Canada is a significant milestone for us. This is our first step towards hosting similar events“.

As we look to transform the economics of our league, and as female players become more and more global brands and household names, I think this will be critical.“.

with the aim of WNBAToronto’s 2023 preseason game is the first in a series of overseas contests that await to determine which city or cities will host at least one new franchise in the future.

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