The WNBA is getting ready to play its first game in Las Vegas, where a wave of women and girls are joining the sport and it has been widely criticized for the lack of representation of women.
The league announced Wednesday that the league’s second-round draft will take place Aug. 22 in Las Palmas.
It also plans to hold its first tournament of the season in 2019.
The WNCBA has had a record of 10-1 and is the top women’s league in the world.
The NBA is one of the first sports leagues in the United States to expand its women’s division and has been trying to diversify its product for years.
“We are thrilled to welcome the WNBA to our great state of Nevada and look forward to bringing more talented women to our league in 2019,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.
WNBA President Julie Foudy called the announcement “a great step in the right direction.”
She said the league hopes to add at least five teams this season, including at least three that have a large female fan base.