Jayda Evans over at the Seattle Times claims that the Monarchs are toast:
Very reliable sources said the WNBA was unable to secure new ownership for Sacramento, so that team will dissolve and there will be an expansion draft.
Okay. I think this is the second reporter who used a “very reliable source” to state that there was going to be an expansion draft. Here’s my question: why can’t the WNBA announce that? Or are they hoping that the Marion Jones story and David Stern’s quote that women might play in the NBA will bury the bad news?
Because let’s face it. It is bad news. Franchises folding are always bad news. Why can’t the WNBA just be up front about that? Why not just get the bad news out of the way instead of giving fans false hope? If right now isn’t the right time to announce that, then when is the right time?
I’m hoping that the reason that no such thing has been announced is that there is still some slight hope that the Monarchs can be relocated. And the Monarchs don’t necessarily have to relocate in the West. Another eastern team would be fine. The point is to show that a WNBA franchise has value. If it doesn’t, the WNBA is simply too large and we need to stop talking about new franchises opening anywhere for a lonnnnnnnnng time.
This culture of secrecy in the WNBA is as annoying as hell.