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Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - statistics & facts

The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) is a professional basketball league consisting of 12 teams based in the United States. While its counterpart, the men’s National Basketball Association (NBA), has been around since 1946, the WNBA was founded in 1996 by David Stern, a former commissioner of the NBA. Among Generation Z, the WNBA was the ninth most popular sport in the United States in 2020, and nearly 20 percent of respondents in that age group identified as casual or avid fans. That being said, in terms of live games, the WNBA ranked 13th in a survey of Americans’ favorite sports to watch live, while the NBA ranked third.

WNBA viewership and attendance

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in 2020, regular season WNBA games were held without attending fans. However, prior to the pandemic, the WNBA’s average regular season attendance steadily declined since its peak in 1998 at nearly 11 thousand fans on average. Despite over one million fans watching WNBA games live in the arenas in 2019, the league still has some way to go to catch up with some of the highest attended professional sports leagues worldwide.

In addition to watching WNBA games live, fans can also watch games on television. The average number of WNBA TV viewers has fluctuated over the last five years and, in 2020, the number of viewers on average fell by over 15 percent compared to the previous year. Among sports fans, the level of interest in the WNBA varied with different age groups. The U.S. age group that reported the highest percentage of WNBA fans was the group aged 35 to 44, while the lowest percentage of WNBA fans were those over the age of 65.

Top teams and players in the WNBA

At the end of the regular season, the top teams in the WNBA compete in the WNBA Finals. Three WNBA teams are tied for the most WNBA championships won: The Minnesota Lynx, the Houston Comets, and the Seattle Storm, each with four championship wins. The point guard for the Seattle Storm, Sue Bird, has played the most games of any player in the WNBA, in a career dating back to 2002. The Phoenix Mercury is another successful WNBA team, and while they have only won three WNBA Finals, they have the WNBA player with the all-time highest number of points scored in the league, Diana Taurasi. The Phoenix Mercury also contained the top three highest paid players in the WNBA in 2021.

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Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - statistics & facts

The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) is a professional basketball league consisting of 12 teams based in the United States. While its counterpart, the men’s National Basketball Association (NBA), has been around since 1946, the WNBA was founded in 1996 by David Stern, a former commissioner of the NBA. Among Generation Z, the WNBA was the ninth most popular sport in the United States in 2020, and nearly 20 percent of respondents in that age group identified as casual or avid fans. That being said, in terms of live games, the WNBA ranked 13th in a survey of Americans’ favorite sports to watch live, while the NBA ranked third.

WNBA viewership and attendance

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in 2020, regular season WNBA games were held without attending fans. However, prior to the pandemic, the WNBA’s average regular season attendance steadily declined since its peak in 1998 at nearly 11 thousand fans on average. Despite over one million fans watching WNBA games live in the arenas in 2019, the league still has some way to go to catch up with some of the highest attended professional sports leagues worldwide.

In addition to watching WNBA games live, fans can also watch games on television. The average number of WNBA TV viewers has fluctuated over the last five years and, in 2020, the number of viewers on average fell by over 15 percent compared to the previous year. Among sports fans, the level of interest in the WNBA varied with different age groups. The U.S. age group that reported the highest percentage of WNBA fans was the group aged 35 to 44, while the lowest percentage of WNBA fans were those over the age of 65.

Top teams and players in the WNBA

At the end of the regular season, the top teams in the WNBA compete in the WNBA Finals. Three WNBA teams are tied for the most WNBA championships won: The Minnesota Lynx, the Houston Comets, and the Seattle Storm, each with four championship wins. The point guard for the Seattle Storm, Sue Bird, has played the most games of any player in the WNBA, in a career dating back to 2002. The Phoenix Mercury is another successful WNBA team, and while they have only won three WNBA Finals, they have the WNBA player with the all-time highest number of points scored in the league, Diana Taurasi. The Phoenix Mercury also contained the top three highest paid players in the WNBA in 2021.

Interesting statistics

In the following 6 chapters, you will quickly find the 33 most important statistics relating to "Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA)".

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