A new women's winter professional basketball league will provide offseason opportunities for WNBA players electing not play overseas.© Joe Camporeale, Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Oct 10, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Mercury guard Shey Peddy (5) moves the ball by Chicago Sky guard Allie Quigley (14) during the first half of game one of the 2021 WNBA Finals at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Athletes Unlimited, announced this week, will debut with 44 players competing in a five-week season from Jan. 29-Feb. 28, 2022.
Natasha Cloud of the Washington Mystics and WNBA veterans Sydney Colson and Ty Young are the first three players to join the league. It will be overseen by Ilene Hauser, who managed women’s basketball for Nike for 15 years after working for the Phoenix Mercury from 1997-2004.
Athletes Unlimited previously launched pro women's leagues in softball, volleyball and lacrosse.
"I think it's a dope idea," Mercury guard Shey Peddy said on Wednesday before Game 2 of the WNBA Finals. "I love that Tash, Syd and TY put this together.
"It's a start to keeping players from going overseas. Obviously there's a long ways to go. But to get momentum this upcoming year and see where it goes, I think it's going to be really good for the league and for players who just want to stay home. It's a better way to stay in game shape without practicing all day."
Peddy, who turns 31 on Oct. 28, has played overseas in Israel, Austria, Germany and Latvia. She first got a chance in the WNBA in 2019, and this is her first year with the same team for an entire season.
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