Ex-WNBA chief suggests changes to NCAA basketball

WNBA 2012 champions the Indiana Fever met President Obama last Friday at the White House.
Published: .
Updated: .

The WNBA's first president suggests that women's college basketball needs to make changes if the sport is to grow.

Val Ackerman was hired by the NCAA in November to assess the state of the women's game.

In a report submitted to the NCAA last week, Ackerman advises moving the Final Four back to a Friday-Sunday format, exploring a two-site super-regional for the second week of the NCAA tournament and returning to a format in which the top 16 teams host the first two rounds.

Those ideas would be aimed at boosting attendance and could be implemented by 2014.

Ackerman also says there should be fewer regular-season games. Other areas she'd like addressed include scholarships, game rules, conference tournaments and officiating.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)