• Loading stock data...
Tuesday, June 25, 2024

The WNBA Is Coming to Toronto—and Vancouver and Montreal

  • The team will begin play during the 2026 season. 
  • Games will also be played across Canada.
Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The WNBA is officially going international. 

Toronto was officially named as the home of the league’s 14th franchise Thursday. The yet-unnamed team will be the league’s first outside the United States and second in a recent wave of expansion. It will begin playing in the 2026 season under owner Larry Tanenbaum of Kilmer Sports Ventures. Tanenbaum is the chairman of Kilmer Sports Ventures and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Raptors, Maple Leafs, and Toronto FC, among other franchises. 

​​”Bringing a WNBA team to Toronto represents an important milestone for our league as we continue to expand both domestically and outside the United States,” said WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert.  “With Larry Tanenbaum’s distinguished record of leading successful sports franchises and Toronto’s appeal as a dynamic, diverse city that cares deeply about the game of basketball, we are confident that this new team will thrive as a first-class WNBA organization and become a great source of inspiration and support for the Toronto-area community and across Canada.”

The team will play at the Coca-Cola Coliseum in downtown Toronto, with additional games scheduled at Scotiabank Arena, home of the Raptors and Maple Leafs, as well as in Vancouver and Montreal. Vancouver used to be home to the NBA’s Grizzlies before the team moved to Memphis in 2001. 

At the WNBA draft in April, Engelbert said she was hoping to expand the league to 16 teams over the next few years. The Golden State Valkyries are the league’s 13th team and will begin play in 2025. and Engelbert has listed Philadelphia, Portland, Nashville, Milwaukee, and Denver as possible markets for the league’s final two expansion slots, but surprisingly not Houston, despite its history and population as a top-five U.S. market.

Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

What to Read

Panthers Cap Banner Season By Staving Off Cup Collapse

The Panthers didn’t want to win this way—but they got it done. 

Stanley Cup Final: An Unlikely Game 7 Is Set to Cap the NHL’s Best Season

The Oilers are attempting to complete a comeback done just once in a Stanley Cup Final.

High Ticket Prices, Half-Empty NFL Stadiums at Copa América

Ecuador-Venezuela drew under 30K. Fans are blaming high ticket prices.
podcast thumbnail mobile
Front Office Sports Today

Clock is Ticking to Restart Coyotes’ Franchise


Featured Today

Jan 3, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; General view of the NFL shield logo signage before the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field.

Odds Stacked Against NFL in Multibillion-Dollar Sunday Ticket Trial

Why the class action trial does not look promising for the league.
Jan 7, 2024; San Francisco, California, USA; Toronto Raptors forward Jontay Porter (11) takes a three-point shot against the Golden State Warriors during the second half at Chase Center.
June 9, 2024

‘Bound to Happen’: The Age of the Sports Betting Scandal Has Arrived

A banishment, betting scheme, and guilty plea all in one scandal-filled span.
June 8, 2024

‘Experimental in Nature’: The Rapid, Confounding Rise of Streaming Bundles

Here’s why confusion continues to outweigh solutions in the streaming package boom.
June 2, 2024

The Nostalgia Market: Michael Jordan’s Memorabilia Remains Coveted, With Caveats

Due to scarcity, and sometimes, items’ undisclosed whereabouts, this world has limitations.

Clark vs. Reese: Priciest WNBA Game Set for Record-Breaking Viewership

Ticket pricing has already set a league record, while viewership expectations are lofty.
June 20, 2024

Women’s PGA Championship Tees Off With a Big Investment, Record Purse

The Women’s PGA Championship teed off Thursday.
June 20, 2024

Why Michael Johnson’s $30 Million Track League Won’t Have Any Safety Pins

The league also won’t have field events at all.

How HOKA is Reimagining the NIL Relationship

HOKA, the renowned athletic footwear and apparel brand, is betting on a new reality with NIL.
June 20, 2024

MLB’s Rickwood Game Plans Change Significantly After Passing of Mays

The special-event game at the historic Negro League park follows the death of the iconic Willie Mays.
June 19, 2024

U.S. Hosts Copa América: A Milestone in Soccer’s Oldest Tournament

The U.S. hosting of the tournament follows a larger partnership between two major soccer federations.
June 18, 2024

Caitlin Clark Continues to be Enormous Box Office for the WNBA

Sunday’s Fever-Sky game was the most-watched WNBA broadcast in 23 years.
June 18, 2024

Euro 2024 Kicks Off With Record Demand and Streaming Issues

Ten German cities are hosting matches this month.