WNBA looking to expand, Philadelphia named as a potential landing spot
Philadelphia could be adding another sports franchise in the coming months.
According to The Athletic, the WNBA is looking to expand, and Philly is on the shortlist.
The expansion would take place as early as the 2024 season, but the league hopes to have locations finalized somewhere between September and December of this year.
As of right now, the expansion fee is expected to be between $15-$20 million. Wanda Sykes and Dawn Staley have been linked to potential ownership groups interested in bringing a franchise to the City of Brotherly Love.
If Philadelphia is chosen, the expected arena for them would be Wells Fargo, while 76ers’ owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer would need to be part of the ownership bid.
Right now, there are 12 teams in the WNBA, with the last expansion being the Atlanta Dream, which joined in 2008. The Las Vegas Aces are the newest franchise but were previously the San Antonio Stars before moving in 2018.
A WNBA franchise would likely succeed in Philadelphia, but Wells Fargo seems like the only ideal location. There are tons of basketball fans in the city, and a large amount are looking for a franchise that won’t crush their dreams every summer like the Sixers.
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