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USA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM NAMED AS NEW LEAGUE LAUNCHED
Published May 26, 1995
Eleven women were named yesterday to play for the U.S. Women's National Basketball Team, "a $3 million experience to win gold at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics." The team will train together for a year rather than the traditional three months (Debbie Becker, USA TODAY, 5/26). The team will be sponsored by Champion Products, and marketed by the NBA. In Philadelphia, Diane Pucin writes on the pressure facing the team: "No gold medal and this will be a failure. The sponsors will probably never come back for another try, and even with a gold medal, there's no guarantee that a professional league will follow" (PHILA. INQUIRER, 5/26). NEW LEAGUE: "Another attempt at a women's professional basketball league was launched" yesterday with the first full season targeted for next year. The Women's Major Basketball League will be based in Nashville, and The Institute of Professional Athletics will handle the initial stages of the league's formation. The WMBL plans exhibition games this fall (AP/ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 5/26).