January 22, 2021  Members Only

SUBSCRIBER-ONLY PODCAST: Next Level, Episode 2: The state of WNBA ownership in 2021 with Lindsay Gibbs

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Welcome to The Next: A basketball newsroom brought to you by The IX. 24/7/365 women’s basketball coverage, written, edited and photographed by our young, diverse staff, dedicated to breaking news, analysis, historical deep dives and projections about the game we love.

This is a thank you, paid subscribers, for your vital support. Enjoy this, and plenty of other inside access to come, as part of your reward for stepping up and making 24/7/365 women’s basketball coverage possible. We’re so grateful you’re here.


We are back with Next Level, our new WNBA podcast here at The Next, hosted by Brendon Kleen.

One episode each month will be exclusive to our paid subscribers, and today’s show is the first such episode!

In this episode, we take a deep dive into the state of WNBA ownership with Lindsay Gibbs of the wonderful Power Plays newsletter and the Burn It All Down podcast. We discuss what makes a good WNBA owner in 2021, what models around the league have worked best, and recent news surrounding WNBA ownership.

That includes Mark Davis’ recent purchase of the Las Vegas Aces, the impact Joe Tsai has had on the New York Liberty so far, and what to make of the news of an impending sale of the Atlanta Dream from the Brock family and former U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler.

To close the show, we discuss what to watch for when it comes to WNBA expansion in the coming years.

Written by Brendon Kleen

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