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WNBA IN DC AND DETROIT: THE SORCERESSES AND ....
Published September 26, 1997
The WNBA plans to announce next Wednesday that Washington and Detroit have been chosen as expansion cities, according to Amy Shipley of the WASHINGTON POST. However, both markets "must get 3,000 season ticket commitments, negotiate" local TV and radio deals and allocate $250,000 to promotional activities by November 3 "to have a chance to join the current eight-team league by next summer." League sources said that WNBA President Val Ackerman is leaning toward assigning former ABL player Nikki McCray to Washington if it wins a franchise. A league source told Shipley that Orlando, "long believed" to be an expansion choice, "was never a leading candidate" (WASHINGTON POST, 9/26). In Detroit, Howes & McCosky report that GM, the WNBA's official automotive sponsor, will be a "key sponsor" of the Detroit franchise and "helped cement the WNBA's decision to award a team to Detroit" (DETROIT NEWS, 9/26).