James Harvey fan
Last year

WNBL announcement

Coming Thursday morning

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anon  
Last year

Liz?

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Anonymous  
Last year

Not paying a single player!

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James Harvey fan  
Last year

Basketball Australia can today confirm that Free Agency for the 2020-21 Chemist Warehouse WNBL Season will open at 1.00pm AEST today, Thursday 4 June, when the eight WNBL clubs will be able to begin negotiating with any Unrestricted Free Agents....

This financial modelling has also taken into consideration that WNBL clubs will not have Restricted Players on their roster for the 2020-21 season.

"With COVID-19 set to impact the finances of the league and clubs for next season, Basketball Australia and the WNBL Commission have made a number of determinations to best support the future of the league and assist the national team achieve its goal of claiming gold at the Tokyo Olympics and 2022 World Cup."

“One of those decisions was to focus on showcasing the depth of local talent in 2020-21, with Restricted Players ineligible to be signed by WNBL clubs for the upcoming season,” concluded Lauren Jackson.

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James Harvey fan  
Last year

"Although hopeful of being able to play all games in front of crowds, as part of the financial modelling for 2020-21 Chemist Warehouse WNBL season, Basketball Australia and the WNBL Commission confirm that it has planned on a scenario of some games being contested without fans in attendance due to uncertainty around exactly when COVID-19 restrictions on mass gatherings will be removed.“

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Last year

james harvey fan could you explain / break that post down for me please ? restricted players unable to sign ? what will they do ?

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Anonymous  
Last year

Means no imports

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Anonymous  
Last year

No imports might be a good idea across all levels of senior basketball.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Restricted player = import

why not just say it?

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Anonymous  
Last year

A restricted player is not always an import.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Restricted A players = Overseas players.

All Australian born are unrestricted.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Looks like WNBL screwed the smaller teams yet again. The stronger teams will have all the opals and the rest can not get imports. What is the logic?

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D2.0  
Last year

What a stupid decision.
Imports are the great equaliser.
The smallness of the elite talent pool within Australia, and lake of draft or trading, means you'll always struggle for equality.
The size and ease of recruiting of the potential import pool, makes it possible for teams without Aussie stars, to be competitive.

If you want to same money, then use a hard salary cap.

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