Plane truth is, Liberty deserve a break [Updated]


Give these women a break, WNBA.

Give these ladies a break, WNBA.
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The New York Liberty have a house sport on Sunday afternoon in Brooklyn towards the Connecticut Solar. A minimum of, that’s what the schedule says. Delta Airways might need different concepts about it.

The Liberty already have been on a tough street journey, which began with a flight that was supposed to depart New York on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. After 9 hours on the airport as main thunderstorms rolled by, that flight was canceled, and the Liberty wound up arriving in Indianapolis at 11:30 a.m. on Friday morning… seven and a half hours earlier than sport time.

That the Liberty even managed to be aggressive with the Fever in an 82-69 loss is exceptional, as anybody who’s tried to operate as a human being the day after such a journey nightmare can attest. However the true kick within the pants got here because the Liberty tried to return to New York and put together for that sport towards Connecticut.

One other flight delay. After which phrase from Delta Airways that the Liberty must keep in a single day once more in Indianapolis. As Jazmine Jones tweeted, BRUH THERE IS NO FREAKING WAY!!!

Assuming that the rescheduled flight goes off with out a hitch, the Liberty would step off a aircraft at LaGuardia Airport at 9 a.m., about 5 hours earlier than their scheduled tip-off with the Solar. Would they even have time to go dwelling and drop off their luggage earlier than heading to Brooklyn for his or her second sport in three days amid a number of journey nightmares? And once more, that’s if the Liberty get out of Indianapolis on time on Sunday — there are thunderstorms within the forecast on and off all through the weekend there.

The WNBA’s collective bargaining settlement ensures “Premium Financial system class standing (resembling Consolation/Financial system Plus) for all gamers for regular-season air journey.” However as long as groups are flying business as a substitute of getting chartered flights, this sort of state of affairs is sure to occur.

Within the meantime, the league must reschedule the Liberty-Solar sport, as a result of it’s ludicrous to count on anybody to spend all this time caught in airports, then roll in off the tarmac and attempt to play sports activities at an elite skilled stage — in the event that they even make it again to New York in time to play.

UPDATE, 2:31 p.m.: In response to Jones, the Liberty simply may make it out of Indianapolis on Saturday afternoon, in spite of everything. After all, the way in which their previous couple of days have gone, it’s a “imagine it when it occurs” scenario.

UPDATE, 3:28 p.m.: About that concept that the Liberty would get out of Indianapolis on a 3:30 flight… no. In response to FlightAware, as that promised hour of departure approached, the aircraft that was imagined to fly the staff again to New York was nonetheless on its solution to Indianapolis, flying over western Ohio.

The climate has been enhancing, so it does appear to be the nightmare state of affairs of the Liberty stepping off a aircraft at LaGuardia and onto the courtroom in Brooklyn on Sunday gained’t play out. But it surely’s actually nonetheless the case that 25 years into the league’s existence, WNBA groups must be flying charters and never on the whims of economic aviation.

UPDATE, 4:40 p.m.: Not solely did the Liberty lastly get on a aircraft to go again dwelling to New York…

…staff proprietor Joe Tsai pledged that he’s going to “resolve this transportation drawback for good.”

It’s not simply the precise factor for Tsai to do, however the good factor because the proprietor of a basketball staff. There are solely so many issues you may management in sports activities, and getting your staff on chartered flights in order that they will keep away from being held up in airport terminals for hours on finish, or stranded in a single day — not to mention not having to have gamers sit subsequent to sneezy Steve in 12B — is a method to assist the staff carry out at its finest.


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