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Chicago Sky news: Team announces 2019 preseason schedule

The Sky will welcome back Allie Quigley this season. | Courtesy of Chicago Sky

The Sky on Wednesday announced their preseason schedule, which consists of a home-and-home series against the Indiana Fever.

The Sky will host the Fever on May 14 at Wintrust Arena and visit them May 16 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Both tipoffs are at 11 a.m.

Last season, the Sky went 2-1 against the Fever.

The Sky open training camp May 5 and begin the regular season May 25, when they visit the Minnesota Lynx, the former team of new Sky general manager and coach James Wade. The Sky’s home opener is against the defending WNBA champion Seattle Storm at 7 p.m. June 1

News of the Sky’s preseason schedule came shortly after the National Basketball Players Association reaffirmed its support for the WNBA players during collective-bargaining negotiations.


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“WE STAND WITH OUR SISTERS,” the statement reads.

Last November, the Women’s National Basketball Players Association opted out of its collective-bargaining agreement after many players voiced their discontent with the league regarding salaries and travel. That means the CBA, which went into effect in March 2014, will expire after this season.

Los Angeles Sparks forward and WNBPA president Nneka Ogwumike detailed the union’s choice to outline a new contract with the league in an article on the Players’ Tribune titled “Bet on Women.”

“This is not just about business,” Ogwumike wrote. “This is deeply personal. This is about the kind of world we want to live in.

“We just want full transparency so we can figure out how to make common-sense changes that will help our players’ quality of life.”