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Bring on opening day -- and celebrate it

Updated: May 19, 2006, 4:49 PM ET
By Mechelle Voepel | Special to ESPN.com

The WNBA started on a Saturday afternoon nine years ago, a month later than it begins now. It was June 21, 1997, and the first televised game was between New York and Los Angeles at 4 p.m. ET on NBC.

I was excited about it, for sure. It was tempered a little bit, though, because that was during the brief ABL era. The American Basketball League had played a winter season in 1996-97. So women's basketball followers knew the WNBA wasn't going to have all the best players in the United States, ...

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