Basketball-From trial balloon to TV ratings hit, WNBA marks 25 years
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By Amy Tennery NEW YORK (Reuters) – By age 22, Rebecca Lobo had picked up a national college basketball championship, numerous player-of-the-year awards and Olympic gold at the 1996 Atlanta Games. But the 6-foot-4 (193 cm) center’s future on the court was uncertain: She joined the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) in its inaugural 1997 season, at a moment when some questioned whether a professional women’s league could survive for the long term. The U.S. Olympic team was “a little bit of a test balloon (for the) market for women’s professional basketball,” Lobo, now a 47-year-old …

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