From the news.com.au article:
WNBL officials are planning for the season to go ahead in a hub from mid-November with no games to be played in Victoria in the lead-up to Christmas.
Amis continued coronavirus uncertainty, WNBL officials are working on several models to start the season.
That includes a seven-week hub option or two weeks if the league was confident of reverting back to a home-and-away format.
Canberra, Townsville, and Cairns have all been mentioned as potential hub hosts, but no decision has been made yet as they also await government funding.
The league is also preparing to relocate the Perth Lynx to another state with the Western Australian border not expected to be opened until October 24 at the earliest.
Executive General of Basketball Paul Maley revealed the league have set itself a deadline of mid-September to finalise the best hub location and model while they remain flexible on the competition start date, which could extend to January.
"A hub is one of the models in play as an entire season or as a partial solution," Maley said.
“Potentially we could have part hub, part home and away, depending on how travel restrictions go.
“In discussions with a few different governing bodies, but at this stage they remain commercial and confidential.
“We are looking at different scenarios and we want to remain as flexible as possible and do have other models as contingency plans.”
Maley confirmed that Victoria won't host any WNBL games to start the season, with the state only expected to come out of lockdown in September.
“It is highly unlikely, almost certain that we won’t be able to have any Victorian games pre-Christmas,” he said.
“Most of the scenarios involved would include games not being played in Victoria.”
Maley also revealed it is unlikely that a full 21 game season will go ahead, so league officials are looking at different models.
These include a 14 and an 18 game season, which could mean a full-on schedule of up to three games a week.
Maley said officials are also looking to include players’ families in the hub while the WNBL pre-season is expected to start six weeks prior to the competition in mid-November.
Players and officials could also have to quarantine before entering a hub, but if this doesn’t eventuate then the league is looking to play pre-season games.
A seven-week hub is wild. Even if the $$$ were found for it, surely you would have players dropping out because they can't leave work for that long.