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Stern was 'mastermind' behind WNBA

NBA commissioner helped change women's basketball, women's athletics

Originally Published: January 31, 2014
By Mechelle Voepel | espnW.com

The WNBA was not launched because of a huge stack of heartfelt thank-you notes that David Stern read nearly a quarter-century ago. But … they certainly didn't hurt.

As Stern steps away from his job as commissioner of the NBA, there's so much to talk about in regard to how that organization -- and basketball worldwide -- grew an amazing amount under his stewardship.

Part of his vast résumé is the founding of the WNBA in June 1997, thanks ...

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