Brittney Griner's return to WNBA could change how league handles flights
Free agents can sign with teams in the WNBA on Wednesday. Phoenix Mercury star and Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is expected to sign with the team again.
Travel safety has been a key concern after the star spent nearly a year in Russian custody.
If Griner needs special travel accommodations, such as chartered flights, the league will have to come up with a plan.
The current collective bargaining agreement requires that all teams fly commercial and doesn’t allow for charter flights.
WNBA Commissioner Cathy Englebert has acknowledged Griner’s unique situation. She said the right time to comment will be when Griner officially signs with the team.
If a team were to violate the current agreement, it could be fined. The league fined the New York Liberty $500,000 after chartering away game flights in 2021.