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Looking Back at WNBA Season

Posted: 09/15/11 10:09 AM ET

What a ride it has been! From setting a franchise record with 27 wins to tying the league's all-time single-season record for road wins to enjoying our best season attendance-wise since our inaugural season in 1999, this year has provided numerous unforgettable memories. And the ride has just begun, Lynx fans. As we enter the 2011 WNBA Playoffs presented by Boost Mobile, I just wanted to take some time to reflect on a landmark regular season and look ahead to what we hope will be a long, post-season run.

First -- a sincere "thank you" to all of our season ticket-holders, sponsors and fans who made this such a magical season. Thank you all for spreading the word about what a great and entertaining product we have and for your belief and commitment to your Minnesota Lynx. From our long-time season ticket holders to the thousands who saw the Lynx play live for the very first time, thank you for giving these talented women a chance. Whether it's a Seimone Augustus cross-over, a Maya Moore reverse layup or a Lindsay Whalen no-look pass, these women can play. This shouldn't come as a surprise, because, after all, these women are the best female athletes in the world. This is world class basketball on its biggest stage. I've heard countless times from fans this season about the team-first style that the WNBA game offers and how enjoyable it is to watch.

As we head into the post-season, this league has never been stronger. WNBA icons such as Lisa Leslie, Sheryl Swoopes and Tina Thompson are passing the torch to young superstars like Angel McCoughtry, Tina Charles and our very own Maya Moore. All play the game with such passion and competitive fire that resonates with our fans -- both young and old. It's easy to appreciate the dedication and commitment our players give to the game they love. Furthermore, off the court, they continue to serve as positive role models for the next generation of WNBA superstars and fans throughout the world. For this and many other reasons, you can see why I am so excited about the future of the WNBA.

The WNBA is the longest standing women's professionals sports league in history, and will continue to prosper and grow as we head into what I fully anticipate to be the most entertaining WNBA playoffs to date. So sit back, settle in and enjoy the ride.