Before the franchise relocated to Connecticut in 2003, the team operated as the Orlando Miracle. After the 2002 season, the NBA sold off all of the WNBA franchises to the operators of the respective teams, which placed the league in the middle of team contractions, relocations, and potential labor strife. Since Magic ownership was no longer interested in retaining the ...
The Connecticut Sun is a professional women’s basketball team based in Uncasville, Connecticut that competes in the Eastern Conference of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). Along with the Minnesota Lynx, the club was established in 1999 as part of the league’s expansion from ten to twelve teams. The Miracle, the club’s previous moniker, originated that year in Orlando, Florida, as the sister team to the NBA’s Orlando Magic. Financial straits left the Miracle teetering on the brink of disbanding before the Mohegan Indian tribe purchased.
Capitalizing on the popularity of women’s basketball in the state, as a result of the success of the UConn Huskies, the Sun also held the distinction of being the only WNBA franchise not to share its market with an NBA team from 2003 until the Seattle SuperSonics relocated, leaving the Storm as an independent team in Seattle.
Orlando – Connecticut
1999 – Present / Women’s National Basketball Association
2003 – Present / Connecticut Sun
1999 – 2002 / Orlando Miracle
Sun – The derivative of the club’s name comes from its affiliation with Mohegan Sun, while the team’s logo is reflective of a modern interpretation of an ancient Mohegan symbol.
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2003 – Present / Mohegan Sun Arena
1999 – 2002 / TD Waterhouse Centre
2003 – Present / Mohegan Sun
1999 – 2002 / RDV Sports, Inc.
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