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Even those who've supported an immediate and unrestricted influx of ABL talent point to the hypocrisy of the league's position.
"I'm not sure they want the best players," says Burton Nelson, the author of several books about women and sports. "They could have had the best players themselves if they invested in them and competed financially with the ABL originally. Because they were perfectly willing to invest their financial resources in advertising and marketing and they did not invest in players."
Burton Nelson says that rosters need to be reconfigured to include the best of the ABL and of this year's graduating seniors. "That's the only way the fans are going to get their money's worth," she says, "and really see what women can do."
Bridgette Gordon wants a strong women's league too. She and other WNBA players say they're tired of sounding like they're anti-ABL, anti-women's basketball.
"It's not an issue that the WNBA players don't want the ABL players in there," says Gordon. "I don't know where that came from. I don't know if the WNBA put that out to try and make us look like we're bad people. Well, we're not. We're just fighting for our rights."