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AP sources: IMG Academy, MGM top WNBA list of sites to play

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2019, file photo, WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert speaks at a news conference in Washington. WNBA rookies will start receiving health benefits beginning Friday, May 1, 2020. Given the unique nature of this crisis, rookies and other new players currently under contract will receive full health benefits beginning on May 1, while veterans, who already receive year-round health benefits, will not have any break in their coverage, WNBA Commissioner Engelbert told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2019, file photo, WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert speaks at a news conference in Washington. WNBA rookies will start receiving health benefits beginning Friday, May 1, 2020. Given the unique nature of this crisis, rookies and other new players currently under contract will receive full health benefits beginning on May 1, while veterans, who already receive year-round health benefits, will not have any break in their coverage, WNBA Commissioner Engelbert told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

NEW YORK – Two people familiar with the situation say the WNBA plans to hold games at just one location if there is a season this year and that the MGM Resorts in Las Vegas and the IMG Academy in Florida are the top candidates.

There is still not date when the 2020 season will tip off.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the possible locations haven’t been publicly announced. WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert told the AP last month that the league was considering a handful of scenarios that included playing at one or two sites.

Details of the logistics of how the league and its 12 teams would operate at either location remain unclear.

Engelbert told the AP once again on Tuesday that the league has talked about a number of options, but declined to confirm whether IMG Academy or MGM topped the list of possible destinations.

“We’re looking at the pros and cons of a number of different locations,” Engelbert said.

The commissioner reiterated once again that health and safety of the players and teams was a top priority.

The league postponed the start of its season in April because of the coronavirus pandemic. The WNBA was supposed to begin play on May 15.