On Monday, the WNBA announced changes to the format of its annual Commissioner’s Cup challenge which takes place in the middle of the WNBA season.
Each of the qualifying games of the tournament will be played during the two-week period from June 1-13th. Each WNBA team will play a total of five Commissioner’s Cup games, one against each of its in-conference rivals.
Following the qualifying games, the top team from each conference will play in the WNBA Commissioner’s Cup championship game at the home area of the team with the best record in Cup Play.
Whichever team wins the game will take home a $500,000 prize pool and become the 4th Comissioner’s Cup Champions.
All Commissioner’s Cup games will be a part of the team’s 40-game schedule and will count toward the team’s regular-season win-loss record.
The Dallas Wings’ Commissioner’s Cup qualifying opponents will be the defending champion Las Vegas Aces, LA Sparks, Minnesota Lynx, Phoenix Mercury, and Seattle Storm.
This change comes following the success of the inaugural NBA in-season tournament which saw the Lakers take down the Pacers in the championship game played in Las Vegas earlier this month.
“After crowning three Commissioner’s Cup champions since 2021, we believe it is time to introduce a new, streamlined format for the WNBA Commissioner’s Cup presented by Coinbase for the 2024 season,” said WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert.
“The newly designed, concentrated structure for this in-season tournament adds an increased sense of urgency and excitement as we place a particular spotlight on Eastern and Western Conference Commissioner’s Cup play in a two-week window near the tip-off of our regular season” Engelbert went on to say.