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PostPosted: 03/17/17 1:10 pm    ::: What The Heck Is Going On With The Draft? Reply Reply with quote

http://www.shatteredbackboard.com/2017/03/17/going-2017-wnba-draft/

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the draft is supposed by be just a few short weeks away and we still don’t know 100 percent when or even where it is going to take place. Some people are saying the draft will take place on April 10, some on April 13. And apparently the reason for the lack of a firm date is because the WNBA still doesn’t know where the festivities will actually take place.

For a league that is trying to drum up excitement and increase their fanbase, logic would say that the draft is a prime opportunity to do just that. Instead, no one seems to know what is going on.



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PostPosted: 03/17/17 1:42 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Incompetency.



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PostPosted: 03/17/17 2:00 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Too cheap to rent out a facility...

I wouldn't be surprised if the league held the draft on Twitter,Instagram.Facebook,Skype,or by Conferennce Call.


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PostPosted: 03/17/17 2:31 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Maybe there won't be a draft. Just let all the rookies be free agents.



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PostPosted: 03/17/17 2:43 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Jesus, you'd think a team with rich owners (well, they all have wealthy owners, but I'm talking about people worth over 100M) as in NYL, LAS, or WAS could pony up some space, provided their owner can get it, or if they own the arena.



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PostPosted: 03/17/17 7:03 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I don't know exactly how many people work at the WNBA headquarters, but you would think SOMEBODY must have realized the draft would be coming soon!



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PostPosted: 03/17/17 10:19 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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I don't know exactly how many people work at the WNBA headquarters, but you would think SOMEBODY must have realized the draft would be coming soon!


They knew more or less when the draft would be since the end of the season. They've had months to set a date and secure a location.



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PostPosted: 03/18/17 12:29 am    ::: Snapdraft Reply Reply with quote

zune69 wrote:
Too cheap to rent out a facility...

I wouldn't be surprised if the league held the draft on Twitter,Instagram.Facebook,Skype,or by Conferennce Call.


Or on the WNBA's Snapchat channel. Blink and you miss it Laughing Rolling Eyes



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PostPosted: 03/26/17 4:20 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Is there any update on the date of the draft yet? I want to make sure I have work off so I can watch it.


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PostPosted: 03/26/17 4:48 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Is there any update on the date of the draft yet? I want to make sure I have work off so I can watch it.


It's on the 13th.



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PostPosted: 03/26/17 4:50 pm    ::: Re: Snapdraft Reply Reply with quote

BelloFratello wrote:
zune69 wrote:
Too cheap to rent out a facility...

I wouldn't be surprised if the league held the draft on Twitter,Instagram.Facebook,Skype,or by Conferennce Call.


Or on the WNBA's Snapchat channel. Blink and you miss it Laughing Rolling Eyes


That way they can change their minds later about what happened...



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PostPosted: 03/26/17 5:49 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I'd guess at this point and say it'll be held at the ESPN studios. It is being televised on ESPN2, so they still need a location.



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PostPosted: 03/28/17 5:50 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Still no word on the draft. How sad.



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PostPosted: 03/29/17 9:58 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

A minority view: What difference does it make where it is? Only a very few people attend ...

It's April 13, and that's pretty much all I need to know.



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PostPosted: 03/29/17 10:11 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

ClayK wrote:
It's April 13, and that's pretty much all I need to know.


An official announcement of the date would be a good thing



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PostPosted: 03/29/17 10:12 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I agree with ClayK. Such as weak draft, probably hard to get motivated to put the package together. May be waiting to see who declares.

Dream will have a draft party, so seems like they expect to draft someone......


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PostPosted: 03/29/17 10:22 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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A minority view: What difference does it make where it is? Only a very few people attend ...

It's April 13, and that's pretty much all I need to know.

It's more about what the lack of an official announcement reflects. The organisation and communication from this league has been half-assed for a long time, and somehow they're letting it get worse. It's barely quarter-assed at this point.



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PostPosted: 03/29/17 10:38 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

When it was held at Mohegan Sun arena, it really made it feel like a major event. Having it back at (likely) the ESPN studios will seem, well, uneventful.

How many years did Mohegan Sun host the draft?



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PostPosted: 03/29/17 10:46 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

toad455 wrote:

How many years did Mohegan Sun host the draft?


The last 3 years.

I guess Chong in the late 2nd/3rd Round wasn't going to bring in the crowds for the Mohegan Sun. Laughing


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PostPosted: 03/29/17 2:28 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Richyyy wrote:
ClayK wrote:
A minority view: What difference does it make where it is? Only a very few people attend ...

It's April 13, and that's pretty much all I need to know.

It's more about what the lack of an official announcement reflects. The organisation and communication from this league has been half-assed for a long time, and somehow they're letting it get worse. It's barely quarter-assed at this point.


This. If the league itself doesnt take it serious why would everyone else?



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PostPosted: 03/29/17 2:42 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

ClayK wrote:
A minority view: What difference does it make where it is? Only a very few people attend ...


Maybe the players would like to make travel plans that aren't last minute.



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PostPosted: 03/29/17 7:05 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:
ClayK wrote:
A minority view: What difference does it make where it is? Only a very few people attend ...


Maybe the players would like to make travel plans that aren't last minute.


I think their travel is paid for and probably bought for them with little input on their side...though I guess it would be nice for the bubble players to know if they're actually going to be invited or not.



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PostPosted: 03/29/17 7:48 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

ClayK wrote:
A minority view: What difference does it make where it is? Only a very few people attend ...

It's April 13, and that's pretty much all I need to know.


As one of those very few people the last 2 years, who has a scheduled day off for this purpose, who got to feel the adrenaline of Trader Bill doing work two years ago and cheer for three of her favorite players last year... it makes a difference to me.

Though as pilight pointed out, there's been nothing official from the league, even though teams are organizing draft parties.



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PostPosted: 03/29/17 8:39 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

And wherever it shall be, it likely won't be available for any fans to attend. That was the one really nice advantage in having at Mohegan Sun.



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PostPosted: 03/30/17 11:36 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Two weeks until the draft. Any guesses who gets invited? Locks should be: Plum, SWK, B. Jones, A. Jones, Coates, A. Peterson, Coffey.



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PostPosted: 03/30/17 5:16 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I liked it when the Mohegan Sun hosted the WNBA Draft. There were lots of people there, besides, as Toad455 suggested, it felt like a huge event. When they had in the ESPN studios there were moments of dead silence (like that of a mortuary or a funeral) in between the draft picks and the applause.

Having in an arena setting with lots of fans there, just like they do in the NFL Draft or NBA Draft, seems more merrier.

I remember when the WNBA Draft would take place one or two days after the Women's NCAA Championship Game, and held at the city where the Women's Final Four was. (Examples: in the years when Cleveland and Tampa hosted it.)



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PostPosted: 03/30/17 5:45 pm    ::: WNBA Draft 2017 to Be Held on April 13 in NYC Reply Reply with quote

http://www.wnba.com/news/wnba-draft-2017-date-time-location-official-release/

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The event is not open to the public.



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PostPosted: 03/30/17 5:47 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Where is this place - Samsung 837?



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PostPosted: 03/30/17 6:50 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

toad455 wrote:
Where is this place - Samsung 837?


From...
https://www.samsung.com/us/837/events

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Where you'll find us:

In the heart of the Meatpacking District

837 Washington Street
New York NY 10014


The WNBA Draft is not even mentioned on their upcoming events schedule. Perhaps because it is "not open to the public".

Yeah, way to go WNBA...to distance your fans further! Rolling Eyes



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https://www.samsung.com/us/837/

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WHAT'S THE STORY?

This is Samsung 837, where technology and culture collide.

Located in the heart of the Meatpacking district in NYC, Samsung 837 combines art, fashion, technology, and sport in unprecedented ways. It’s not a store, but a new kind of place filled with ideas, experiences, and Samsung’s cutting edge devices.

Samsung 837 is where anyone can try out virtual reality, take part in interactive art installations, and see a larger-than-life, three-story screen. It’s home to live music performances, exclusive screenings, and radio recordings.

The space was designed by WonderWall Inc. and features an amphitheater area, VR tunnel, DJ booth, customer service and experience area, and café.

Come say hello.



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PostPosted: 03/30/17 7:17 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

toad455 wrote:
Two weeks until the draft. Any guesses who gets invited? Locks should be: Plum, SWK, B. Jones, A. Jones, Coates, A. Peterson, Coffey.


Someone with meat packing skills?

I guess I would add Wiese, Osahor, Epps.


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PostPosted: 03/30/17 8:02 pm    ::: Re: WNBA Draft 2017 to Be Held on April 13 in NYC Reply Reply with quote

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http://www.wnba.com/news/wnba-draft-2017-date-time-location-official-release/

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The event is not open to the public.


So...if not open to the public why not simply have it in the ESPN studios. Seems like it would be just as good and probably cheaper.



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PostPosted: 03/30/17 8:12 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

toad455 wrote:
Two weeks until the draft. Any guesses who gets invited? Locks should be: Plum, SWK, B. Jones, A. Jones, Coates, A. Peterson, Coffey.

possibles in no particular order depending on how many they want to invite:
Tori Jankoska G Michigan State
Shayla Cooper F Ohio State
Leticia Romero G Florida State
Lindsay Allen G Notre Dame
Sydney Wiese G Oregon State
Evelyn Akhator F Kentucky
Makayla Epps G Kentucky
Chantel Osahor F Washington
Erica McCall F Stanford

These are my bets for the first 16 picks or so.

I'm a little reluctant to add Osahor because I think it's quite possible she'd be getting the sitting-there-the-longest award.



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PostPosted: 03/30/17 10:03 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

If they invited Walton last year, they'll probably invite Osahor this year.

Myrtle, you have Wiese listed twice ; )



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PostPosted: 03/30/17 10:11 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

sigur3 wrote:
If they invited Walton last year, they'll probably invite Osahor this year.

Myrtle, you have Wiese listed twice ; )


How many people have been invited to the draft and have ended up never playing a single minute in the WNBA (regular season)? and does it matter?


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sigur3 wrote:
If they invited Walton last year, they'll probably invite Osahor this year.

Myrtle, you have Wiese listed twice ; )


fixed. guess that's why I thought there were 16, and couldn't figure out why I was counting 17. Anyway I think they'll probably only invite 10-12 max but it's hard to figure which 4-6 to drop from that list.

I guess for me the last ones in would be:
Osahor, Akhator, Allen and Romero....but I'm not sure. I think Allen could go higher than most of us think plus there is something about having a ND player there. In fact they could invite Chong, though that would have been more likely at Mohegan. Also I may rate Jankoska higher than the scouts do so she could also be one left behind.



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PostPosted: 03/31/17 7:26 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I wonder if they will reduce the number of invites this year since it is a pretty lacklustre draft and maybe they are doing things more on the cheap these days.


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PostPosted: 03/31/17 10:31 am    ::: Re: WNBA Draft 2017 to Be Held on April 13 in NYC Reply Reply with quote

myrtle wrote:
stever wrote:
http://www.wnba.com/news/wnba-draft-2017-date-time-location-official-release/

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The event is not open to the public.


So...if not open to the public why not simply have it in the ESPN studios. Seems like it would be just as good and probably cheaper.



I surmise that Samsung offered to host it for free in exchange for free advertising... Confused



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myrtle wrote:
stever wrote:
http://www.wnba.com/news/wnba-draft-2017-date-time-location-official-release/

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The event is not open to the public.


So...if not open to the public why not simply have it in the ESPN studios. Seems like it would be just as good and probably cheaper.



I surmise that Samsung offered to host it for free in exchange for free advertising... Confused


I have a feeling it's more about being state of the art. Maybe it'll show up in the television production. Prepared to be wowed by the usually drab draft, even with a less than exciting draft class.



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