LA Sparks coach Derek Fisher calls out WNBA’s travel woes

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The travel debacles that involved the Las Vegas Aces and Indiana Fever were major headlines that affected the 2018 WNBA season.

The Aces’ issues certainly were a huge story towards the tail end of last year given that that Las Vegas issue to Washington, D.C., which led to the cancellation and forfeiture of an Aces’ game at Capital One Arena, could have played a role in costing Las Vegas a playoff berth.

Last year, the Fever sat an airport where they were supposed to board a plane for a game against the Liberty at Westchester County Center, but the flight to New York City was delayed for several hours due to inclement weather in the Tri-State area.

Already this year, WNBA teams are running into more occasions where travel is a problem. Los Angeles Sparks coach Derek Fisher is sick and tired of being sick and tired.

After the Sparks’ victory on national television at the Minnesota Lynx in Target Center, Fisher captured a picture of his team at the MetroRail stop at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. His Instagram caption and hashtags say the whole story.

The travel issue – in addition to salaries, marketing and player safety – is just one of the issues that the WNBPA hopes to address as it goes into what is expected to be contentious CBA negotiations with the league prior to a prospective 2020 season.

Already, we have seen travel issues affect a few teams – including the Sparks and the Washington Mystics, a team that has started fast out the gate in the early going of the season.

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