WNBA season to start July 25 with focus on Black Lives Matter movement

WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert speaks at a news conference. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

The WNBA will begin its season on July 25, with an opening weekend dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement.

All 12 teams will participate in games where players will be wearing attire designed to honour victims of police brutality and racial violence.

Players will have the option to wear the placard with Breonna Taylor’s name for subsequent games. Throughout the season, they will wear warm-up shirts that display “Black Lives Matter” on the front and “Say Her Name” on the back. “Black Lives Matter” will also visible on courts during games.

“This 2020 WNBA season will truly be one unlike any other, and we’re looking forward to using our collective platform to highlight the tremendous athletes in the WNBA as well as their advocacy for social change,” WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert wrote in a statement.

The WNBA season will take place at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and will conclude on Sept. 12 with a normal playoffs and Finals format.

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