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ORLANDO & MINNESOTA PLACED ON WNBA MAP FOR '99 SEASON
Published April 23, 1998
The WNBA's Operating Committee has voted to add two expansion teams -- to be operated by the T'Wolves and the Magic -- to the WNBA for the '99 season, bringing the number of teams in the league to 12. The new teams will be granted upon the condition that they each secure pledges for at least 5,000 season tickets prior to September 1 (WNBA). WNBA President Val Ackerman, on the two new franchises: "They've shown the right level of commitment. They're both well-run organizations, and it hasn't been that long since they came into the NBA as expansion teams. So in some respects, they both know the drill." In Orlando, L.C. Johnson reports that the Magic is considering Illusion and Dazzle as possible nicknames. The average ticket price for the team will be about $15, with the low price of $8 (ORLANDO SENTINEL,4/23). SHE-WOLVES: T'Wolves Exec VP Roger Griffith is "expected to direct" that team's WNBA operations (John Millea, Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 4/23). In St. Paul, Jim McCartney writes that "If the response to the WNBA's inaugural season is any indication, the WNBA should do just fine in the Twin Cities, despite an abundance" of pro and major college sports (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 4/23).