There were reports that some WNBA players were part of Kyrie Irving's phone call on Friday questioning the merits of a restart, it appears that the union has agreed with the league to move forward with the 2020 season.
Per the WNBA's release, the 12 WNBA teams will report to Bradenton for training camp in early July.
The league says, following the 22-game regular season, a "traditional playoff format", will be played to crown a champion.
Big news: The @WNBA officially announces plans for 22-game regular season starting in July with standard playoffs ending in October - with all games at IMG Academy in Florida - after players vote to approve proposal. The original May 15 start date was postponed because of the pandemic, and the normal 36-game schedule will be cut almost in half. This is down from the 34 regular season games the league played past year, half at home and half away.
The NBA is set to resume play at the end of July at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, but there is reportedly growing concern among players who want more freedom of movement in the city.
"We are finalizing a season start plan to build on the tremendous momentum. We are excited to showcase our team on the court and our organization will continue to support the powerful platform we have to fight for social justice off the court". Atlanta also drafted 5-9 guard Chennedy Carter out of Texas A&M with the fourth overall selection in the 2020 WNBA Draft.
"As in recent CBA negotiations, the WNBPA Executive Committee worked tirelessly to represent the interests of all players as the league planned to launch a 2020 season", said WNBPA Executive Director Terri Jackson. "The league and the teams' commitment makes a statement".
The WNBA announced that players will still receive full salaries and benefits, despite the abbreviated schedule and the fact that the season will be played without fans in attendance.