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Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

The WNBA, which needs as much media exposure as it can possibly get, announced Wednesday that it will hold this year's draft at the ESPN compound in Bristol, Conn., on April 11.

Credit ESPN for doing a good job in bringing women's sports closer to the mainstream, what with its NCAA basketball tournament coverage and its 15-year history of broadcasting WNBA games (plus the 10 years of airing the WNBA draft).

But is this new thing -- hosting the draft -- may not be the best thing in the world. Of course, those lines between business interests and solid journalism ethics were blurred long ago at ESPN. It's one thing to broadcast a draft, but it's another thing to host the draft in your own studio.

This is the first time a professional sports league will hold its draft at ESPN. The guess is that this won't be the last time . . . or league.

 

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