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UNCERTAIN FUTURE: One expert sees no fans in stands until fall of 2021

Engelbert added: "We’re having discussions internally about all the financial impacts on the coronavirus and sports," including when and if players will still get paid during any potential work stoppage.

"Some would say women’s sports are already at a disadvantage and we had a lot of momentum coming this year," said Engelbert, citing the league’s new eight-year labor deal that includes increases in player salaries and benefits for motherhood and family planning. "That’s why I still have a level of optimism this year. This is a business. We’re going to run a business when it’s safe to do so. We’ll navigate the complexities on how to run that business."

Engelbert was among several pro sports commissioners that Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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