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Travel Concerns Become Focal Point for WNBA Players, Teams

Jan 24, 2023

The discussion of charter travel for WNBA teams is heating up.

Private air travel is a focus of free-agent conversations in the league, according to ESPN, as Phoenix Mercury player Brittney Griner — who was detained in Russia last year — will likely need to fly private for safety concerns.

If she does, the WNBA would need to decide how to go forward with charter travel — the league currently doesn’t allow charter flights.

Cost estimates for all teams traveling charter are close to $30 million — an amount the WNBA can’t afford.

Commissioner Cathy Engelbert previously said that she wouldn’t “jeopardize the health of the league” with charter flights.

Even if an individual team has enough money to fly charter, it isn’t allowed to unless all 12 teams can afford it — the New York Liberty were fined $500,000 for secretly chartering flights during the 2022 season.

Griner reportedly hasn’t asked for special travel accommodations yet.

Source: Front Office Sports

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