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11-13-2012, 03:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Shootmaster_44 View Post
If by a single entity league you mean it is a part of the corporate structure of the NBA, you're right. However, each of the franchises are owned separately. In fact, the Atlanta Dream, Chicago Sky, Connecticut Sun, Seattle Storm and Tulsa Shock aren't even owned by NBA teams.
At the risk of hijacking (my own thread ), you are absolutely correct Shootmaster.

The WNBA is an interesting animal, from a legal and economic standpoint. The NBA is a traditional non-single-entity structure. It went into the WNBA as a second business, own shares of the WNBA, and they claim single entity in that sense. However, the individual NBA teams, have the right to operate specific WNBA franchises and keep much of the profits from such operations. So from an economic standpoint, the WNBA operates much like a traditional non-single-entity structure. Quite the hybrid system, and partially why I believe they've managed to stay successfully open for business.

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