Full-Court Press Touting Expansion Franchise Yields Nothin’ But Net

The Case

On June 7, 1999, the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) conditionally awarded an expansion franchise to The Ackerley Group, owner of the NBA's Seattle SuperSonics.
However, delivery of the franchise for the 2000 season was contingent on the owner's ability to secure 5,500 season ticket deposits of $50 each by an Oct.