Yes they want to travel on chartered flights, just one problem, the WNBA can't afford it! Reports say those flights could cost up to $30 million dollars and if you've been to a WNBA game lately you'll understand why they can't afford it.
Private air travel is a focus of free-agent conversations in the league, according to ESPN, as Phoenix Mercury player Brittney Griner — who was detained in Russia last year — will likely need to fly private for safety concerns.
If she does, the WNBA would need to decide how to go forward with charter travel — the league currently doesn’t allow charter flights.
Cost estimates for all teams traveling charter are close to $30 million — an amount the WNBA can’t afford. Commissioner Cathy Engelbert previously said that she wouldn’t “jeopardize the health of the league” with charter flights.
Even if an individual team has enough money to fly charter, it isn’t allowed to unless all 12 teams can afford it — the New York Liberty were fined $500,000 for secretly chartering flights during the 2022 season.
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