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Home-court advantage? WNBA teams still booted from arenas during playoffs

Home-court advantage? WNBA teams still booted from arenas during playoffs

Every year, a WNBA team or two loses its home arena during the playoffs: the time of year a team needs familiarity and consistency most. In 2021, the No. 5 Phoenix Mercury will play their first-round single-elimination game against the No. 8 New York Liberty on Thursday (Sept. 23) at Grand Canyon University (GCU) Arena because of what the team is calling a "scheduling conflict" at the team's home arena. But there is more to this recurring theme of disrespect....

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THS Newsletter: 2021 WNBA Playoffs Edition (September 2021)

THS Newsletter: 2021 WNBA Playoffs Edition (September 2021)

THS Newsletter: 2021 WNBA Playoffs Edition (September 2021)

Another WNBA season is in the bag and a champion soon will be crowned! Before the postseason gets underway, enjoy the following subscriber content:

x KEEPING UP WITH THE JONSES: A deep dive into the 2021 WNBA season awards courtesy of Tamryn Spruill, an official voter 

x #HARDSCREEN: Teams getting bumped from their home arenas during the playoffs

x #HARDSCREEN: Any disrespect toward WNBA pioneers

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​Tamryn Spruill is an author and freelance journalist covering women’s basketball, with issues of gender, race and sexuality central to her reporting. She has followed the WNBA since its 1996 inception, and she is writing a book about its exciting history through the lens of the passionate, persevering and powerful (80% Black, many LGBTQ+-identifying) women who make the league up (ABRAMS 2022). She is represented by JL Stermer at New Leaf Literary & Media.

Spruill’s bylines include Harper’s BAZAARThe New York TimesSLAMZORATeen VogueThe Athletic and Swish Appeal, where she also has served as editor-in-chief since 2018 when hired as the first woman to hold that position. 

Spruill has appeared in interviews as an expert source for NPR’s All Things Considered, Fox Sports’ First Sports in the Morning, The Julie DiCaro Show on 670 The Score and Bleacher Report.

She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and Journalism (University of South Carolina) and a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Goddard College).

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