In the words of my friend Arielle Chambers, one of the leading voices of WNBA coverage, “The WNBA is so important.” History tells us that women have always been significantly underrepresented, and we have had to consistently fight for our talent and voices to be seen and heard. One of those battles was the right for an opportunity not just to play the game of basketball on a grand scale but also to receive a paycheck for doing so.
Thus the beginning of the WNBA.
Before we go into the W's full history, we have to first go back to the Women’s Professional Basketball League (WBL), which was established in 1978. Founded by sports entrepreneur Bill Byrne, the goal of the WBL was the same as the WNBA—to have a basketball league specifically for women. While the WBL did experience some success, the league ran into a boatload of obstacles (mostly financial), which resulted in its demise just three short years after its founding.