The WNBA is postponing the start of the 2020 season, previously scheduled for May 15, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Per an official statement from WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert, the league will "use this time to conduct scenario-planning regarding new start dates and innovative formats" for a potential return at some point.
While the season won't begin on time, Engelbert noted the WNBA draft will take place on April 17. She previously told Howard Megdal of the New York Times the draft will be a virtual event conducted using video conferencing so players will still be able to share the moment with their family.
"We want to make sure that the players who are the draftees get their moment in the limelight," Engelbert said.
The 2020 WNBA season was scheduled to tip off with three games, followed by three more the next day.
The Washington Mystics won their first WNBA championship last season by defeating the Connecticut Sun in five games.