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A most Val-uable president

Originally Published: October 22, 2004
By Mechelle Voepel | Special to ESPN.com

Back in August 1996, Val Ackerman got the job of WNBA president. This meant, of course, that there was actually going to be a WNBA, which I ran around in my head over and over. I was still not quite sure I believed it. After we'd waited so long for a pro women's basketball league, suddenly things seemed to be happening so fast.

I'd first seen Ackerman a few months earlier at the 1996 Final Four in Charlotte, talking about the league's strong possibility of launching. Also giving a presentation ...

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