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Sources: Concern Around WNBA About Restart, Opt-Out Deadline

Some WNBA players have a "series of concerns" about the league's restart, including that they did "not receive detailed information until early Wednesday morning about the bubble they will be living in," despite today being the deadline for players to opt out of the '20 season, according to sources cited by Mechelle Voepel of ESPN.com. This meant players had a "limited time to think through the information about the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, and more specific details about the process of starting the season." A source said that some players and teams "may have a sense of feeling rushed to get ready to be in Florida by July 6, the targeted arrival date." However, another source said that other players are "not worried and are eager to get the process started." Voepel reports a concern among some WNBA teams is the "amount of support personnel they will be able to bring, and there is some alarm about the rising number of coronavirus cases in Florida." The 26-page document the players received yesterday "spelled out testing and safety procedures for before and after they arrive at IMG and provided details on lodging, meals and other aspects of their stay" (ESPN.com, 6/25).