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ATLANTA (CAP) - CAP News is receiving reports that the Women's National Basketball Association is preparing for a 2013 season.
Many will remember the league's first famous press conference in 1996, when a visibly drunk NBA Board of Governors' approved the formation of the league. The press conference also somewhat infamously yielded the much circulated (and often comically referenced) clip of WNBA player and league representative Lisa Leslie remarking that the women intended to 'play professional basketball' with a totally straight face.
While the clip still lives on as an endearing, if not somewhat pathetic, reminder of that interesting day in sports history, it did little to capture the long term interest of the public and the idea of a women's basketball league faded from the public consciousness like so many forgotten dreams.
However, with these latest reports, it seems that the league proposed due to a drunken dare not only actually formed, but has continuously held seasons for - if you can believe it - over fifteen years. News of this rumor caught sports writers here at CAP News off guard, and so we decided to do a bit of investigative journalism to get to the bottom of the matter.
Finding information about this phantom league proved more difficult than initially thought. No video or photographic evidence of a WNBA game in progress is known to exist. On top of this, not a single article of WNBA memorabilia could be located. No one that CAP News spoke with could produce as much as a jersey or a ticket stub, trademark collector's items for traditional sports franchises.
However, CAP News caught a break when we drove by a woman dribbling a basketball in a park. Upon questioning, the woman, Lindsay Harding, claimed to be the starting point guard for the a team known as the Los Angeles Sparks, which, according to Harding, is an actual team in the Women's National Basketball Association.
When Harding then claimed that the WNBA was "every bit as important as the NBA or the NFL," it became clear to our staff that we had, in fact, encountered a person with psychotic instabilities, and broke off the interview.
Still, CAP News thought it best to investigate these claims of professional women's basketball and decided to start by asking members of the traditional basketball media. We visited Philips Arena, home of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, somewhat mediocre, albeit male, professional basketball team. Here, CAP News spoke with Jim Tarnell, who works in the facilities' box office.
"The Atlanta Dream?" replied Tarnell when the area's mythic team was named. "Can't say that I've ever heard of them."
"Oh wait," he added after some thought. "There's some ladies that come in a few nights during the summer. I think they rent the place out or something for practice. I've never sold a ticket to a game or anything like that, though."
While it seems that the mysterious (and likely fictitious) Women's National Basketball Association continues to live on in the imaginations of basketball fans around the country, no actual evidence of the league's existence could be found, leading CAP News to call this a simple case of a myth debunked.
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