Updated: Jan 28
During their first official press conference, the WPBA has officially named Toledo, Ohio as its new headquarter city! The WPBA has been in the planning stages for the last 3-4 years and is now the official alternate professional league for the WNBA. You will find women’s semi pro basketball leagues and you will find women’s professional development leagues BUT, the WPBA is the ONLY alternate women’s professional basketball league to the WNBA.
The WPBA is comprised of WNBA caliber players and professional employees who hold positions such as General Managers, Director of Basketball Operations, Directors of Player Development, and Head Coaches. The league has employed some of the top business women in professional sports. WPBA players are recruited right from WNBA combines and are easily some of the best players around the country. The league will consist of 10 – 12 teams throughout the east coast for the 2020 season with plans for expansion into the Midwest in 2021. The WPBA teams have been placed in competitive markets such as Philadelphia, Detroit, Toledo, Greensboro, Atlanta.
Press from all over the East Coast were in attendance. During the conference, the League Commissioner, Tamika Milburn, Deputy Commissioner, and some of the industry’s most notable figures shared how the WPBA plans to help bring positive change to the Toledo community as well as to the communities in each market the WPBA is represented.
2020 will be the WPBA’s first season. The WPBA officially launched on November 1st. Basketball experts are anticipating the WPBA to be the next big thing for women’s professional basketball. The city of Toledo, along with the State of Ohio, will have a front row seat to watch this league change the game for the better!