The Women's National Basketball Association is a professional basketball league in the United States.
The National Basketball Association is the pre-eminent men's professional basketball league in North America, and is widely considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world.
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It currently is composed of twelve teams.
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The league was founded on April 24, 1996, as the women's counterpart to the National Basketball Association.
League play started in 1997; the regular season is currently played from June to September with the All Star game being played midway through the season in July and the WNBA Finals at the end of September until the beginning of October.
The WNBA Finals is the championship series of the Women's National Basketball Association and the conclusion of the league's postseason each fall.
Many WNBA teams have direct NBA counterparts and play in the same arena.
The Connecticut Sun, Seattle Storm, Dallas Wings, and Chicago Sky are the only teams that do not share an arena with a direct NBA counterpart, although two of the four share a market with an NBA counterpart, and the Storm shared an arena and market with an NBA team at the time of its founding.
The Connecticut Sun is an American professional women's basketball team based in Uncasville, Connecticut that competes in the Eastern Conference of the Women's National Basketball Association.
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The four aforementioned franchises, along with the Atlanta Dream and the Los Angeles Sparks, are all independently owned.
Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often known by its initials L.A., is the second-largest city in the United States after New York City, the most populous city in California, and the county seat of Los Angeles County.
The Los Angeles Sparks are a professional Basketball team based in Los Angeles, California, playing in the Western Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association.
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This independent ownership is important to the WNBA's growth; at one time, all teams in the league were owned by the NBA.
They are now a more independent league and not as associated with the NBA.