2020/21 WUBA Season Features Inaugural National League Format

by David Walls

ATLANTA - The 2020/21 WUBA season will feature the first-ever League Division split, an expanded schedule with 15 games per team and a partnership with more international federations. The league's 8th regular season tips off on Sunday, October 4, 2020 and concludes on Sunday, December 6, 2020 for the National League. The National SUPER League will tip off on Sunday, May 30, 2021 and conclude on Sunday, Aug 1, 2021.

'We are incredibly excited to introduce a first-of-its-kind in-season division split for our league and present more regular-season games for two different class of players,' said WUBA President Christy Luxe. 'The National League will focus on the rookie straight out of the NCAA that didn't sign professionally. The National SUPER League will be more for returning overseas players trying to stay sharp and in shape for the next season.'

The WUBA has also signed a four year contract with the United Cup of Champions (formerly know as Liga Mediterranean Cup). The agreement was set in place to invite the top three clubs each summer to compete for international jobs in Europe and Latin America. Last summer the United Cup placed 25 players out of the 55 that participated. 

"The most important thing to us in the WUBA is getting players maximum exposure so they can sign contracts," said Luxe. "The league was built on this foundation and we will continue to push that as our top priority." 

United Cup of Champions

The new United Cup of Champions is a FIBA Live Stat covered event that has been based in Europe for the last 5 seasons. This international event will take place in Athens, Greece and Santiago, Dominican Republic. Clubs from all over the world will attend and compete in 5 games per team - as counting towards Cup play. The team from each conference with the top record in designated 'Cup games' will then compete for The United Cup title and a special prize pool. Based on the structure of the new WUBA seasons, the United Cup will fall between each break. 

The United Cup schedule is set for Feb. (2021) and May (2021). Further information on The United Cup of Champions will be forthcoming. 

Expanded Regular-Season Schedule: Division Play

The WUBA's regular-season schedule has increased to an all-time high 15 games per team, up three games from 12. Each team will play 7 home games and 8 road games. The previous schedule, which grew from 6 to 8 games per team over the WUBA's first six seasons, has consisted of 12 games per team since 2011. WUBA playoffs will be hosted in Atlanta, GA. The weekend will be broken down into one Mega Bowl. Wednesday - Friday will be the playoffs, Saturday will host the All-Star Weekend and Sunday will be the Legacy Red Carpet Award Show. 

WUBA National League: D2

October (2020) - Dec. (2020)

WUBA National SUPER League: D1

May (2021) - Aug. (2021)

The complete 2020/21 schedule is available at wubalive.com/schedule. 

Special WUBA Information: 

In honor of the return of the WUBA, the league will retire the number of league legend, Patechia Hartman (5'8''-PG-83, college: Georgia St.). No player league wide will be able to wear the no. 3. Hartman has agreed to resign with the GIE Lady Matrix for the National SUPER League. During the SUPER League award show, Hartman's jersey will be retired.

The WUBA has also signed a two-year deal with KRAVE Production LLC to produce Legacy Magazine. The magazine will feature all WUBA stars along with FIBA standout players. Legacy Magazine will release its first issue Aug.1 (2020). 

The Matrix and Generals, along with WUBA career points leader Armelie Lumanu, will appear on Legacy networks five times during the regular season.

Awards will be feature legends.  The WUBA MVP award for Most Valuable Player will be the Hartman Award.  The Rookie of the Year will be named after GiGi Bryant.  The All-Star MVP award will be the Triggs ASW MVP and of course Finals MVP will be the Mamba Award.

Award Breakdown: 

- Hartman Award presented to the WUBA League MVP

- GiGi Bryant Award presented to the WUBA Rookie of the Year

- Triggs ASW Award presented to the WUBA All-Star Game MVP

- Mamba Award presented to the WUBA Finals MVP