The WNBA will add
a franchise in Atlanta, making it a 14-team league for
the 2008 season. The Atlanta franchise will be the sixth in
the league to be independently owned and operated.
Donna Orender announced in New York on Wednesday that Ron
Terwilliger, a real estate company CEO, will own the newest
"As a great
sports town and a region that enthusiastically supports
women's athletics, Atlanta is a terrific destination for the
WNBA," Orender said, according to SportsNetwork.com.
"This is a family-oriented community with tremendous
civic pride. I am confident that, as a world-class
sports league providing great family entertainment,
the WNBA will be embraced here for years to come. I
commend Ron Terwilliger for his efforts in bringing the WNBA
to Atlanta and know the league will benefit from his
superior leadership skills, business acumen, and
commitment to the community."
at the press conference that the team will support an
effort to encourage girls and women to participate in
sports. He also said he hopes that Atlantans will
embrace the team.
The club will
choose a name, logo, colors, and head coach before the
season begins in the spring. According to WNBA.com, Atlanta
will have the fourth pick in the upcoming draft in
April, following the NCAA women's basketball Final
Four tournament. (The Advocate)