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Sport WNBA Commissioner's Cup: See which team has early lead

04:50  15 may  2021
04:50  15 may  2021 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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The inaugural Commissioner's Cup started in earnest during Friday's opening day slate as all four games counted toward the Cup standings.

A portion of the games in the first half of the season will be labeled Commissioner's Cup games and count toward Cup standings.

Each team has 10 intra-conference games. They are the first home game and first road game each team plays against its five conference opponents. The team with the best winning percentage of those 10 games in the Eastern Conference will play the winner of the Western Conference in a championship game on Aug. 12 at Phoenix Suns Arena and will be broadcast on Amazon Prime Video.

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  The 25 Greatest Moments in WNBA History From the inaugural All-Star Game to The Shot by T-Spoon to Say Her Name. Plus, more to look forward to in the next quarter century. © Provided by Sports Illustrated In 1984, the year after her Women’s American Basketball Association championship victory with the Dallas Diamonds, Nancy Lieberman was a reigning champion in a league that folded almost as quickly as it started. In the midst of deliberating her next plan of action to continue playing basketball, Lieberman received word that David Stern, then NBA commissioner, wanted her to come to New York to speak with him.

The prize pool will be $500,000 and the winning team will take home a custom designed cup that is passed from champion to champion every season. Players on the winning team would make, at minimum, $30,000. Members of the runner-up team can earn $10,000 per player, and the game's MVP will receive an additional $5,000.

Here are all the details on how the Commissioner's Cup works.

a person holding a basketball: Indiana Fever guard Victoria Vivians looks to pass around New York Liberty forward Betnijah Laney during the WNBA's opening game on May 14, 2021 in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Indiana Fever guard Victoria Vivians looks to pass around New York Liberty forward Betnijah Laney during the WNBA's opening game on May 14, 2021 in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Friday's results

New York Liberty 90, Indiana Fever 87

Connecticut Sun 78, Atlanta Dream 67

Phoenix Mercury at Minnesota Lynx

Dallas Wings at Los Angeles Sparks

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Commissioner's Cup standings

Eastern Conference

Connecticut Sun, 1-0

New York Liberty, 1-0

Chicago Sky, 0-0

Washington Mystics, 0-0

Atlanta Dream, 0-1

Indiana Fever, 0-1

Western Conference

Dallas Wings, 0-0

Las Vegas Aces, 0-0

Los Angeles Sparks, 0-0

Minnesota Lynx, 0-0

Phoenix Mercury, 0-0

Seattle Storm, 0-0

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