UNCASVILLE, Conn. – When new WNBA president Laurel Richie makes her first round of team visits this summer, she plans to spend some time in Connecticut talking to management about what has made the Sun the league's biggest financial success.
Connecticut ended last season as the first and only team in the 15-year history of the WNBA to show a profit.
The Connecticut Sun was the first team to break the original model of the WNBA when it moved from Orlando in 2003. They are not owned by an NBA franchise, and they don't play in an NBA city. Instead, they play at the Mohegan Sun, a resort-casino just off Interstate 395 in southeastern Connecticut owned by the Mohegan Indian tribe, which also owns the team.