NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Liberty are for sale.
One of the WNBA’s original franchises, the Liberty have been owned by James Dolan and Madison Square Garden since the league was founded in 1996 and started play the next year.
“We have been a strong and vocal advocate for the Liberty and the WNBA since the beginning,” Dolan, executive chairman and CEO of the Garden, said in a statement Tuesday. “As the last original owner, I am proud of how far the league has come, and the role we have played in its growth.
This is the second WNBA franchise to put up for sale in the past few months. San Antonio was bought by MGM Resorts International and the team was moved to Las Vegas.
That franchise will begin play next season and is coached by Bill Laimbeer, who left the Liberty last month. New York promoted assistant coach Katie Smith to the head job.
While all of the eight original WNBA franchises were owned and affiliated with NBA teams, only three of the 12 teams now have NBA partners — Indiana, Phoenix and Minnesota.
“The Liberty is a WNBA original with a history of great players and fans,” WNBA President Lisa Borders said. “We thank MSG for its 21 seasons supporting the growth of women’s basketball and…