The WNBA stands for Women's National Basketball Association and is currently the longest-running team-based women's professional sports league to ever exist. Like its male counterpart the NBA, the WNBA involves teams from Eastern and Western U.S. cities competing for basketball eliteness in a regular season, All Star and Playoff league format.
The WNBA was first established in 1996 and while originally, it was owned entirely by the NBA, in 2002, the WNBA's franchises were sold to individual NBA teams and private owners; by the 2000 season, the WNBA had doubled in size. Though WNBA rules originally agreed more with those of international basketball competition, as the league continues to develop, more NBA-style rules are becoming adopted. Additionally, because the league is still in its early years, it is still relatively small in size, but as it grows and expands, it continues to also increase its reputation and fan-base.