Originally posted on 08/14/2018:


For the first time in history, a team has forfeited a game.
The league ruled Tuesday that the Las Vegas Aces would get a loss for their game against the Washington Mystics that was canceled when the Aces players decided not to play because of concerns about their health and safety after more than 25 hours of travel.
The Aces needed more than a day to get to Washington from Las Vegas because of flight delays and cancellations. By the time the team reached its hotel it was 3:45 p.m. Friday — about four hours before the scheduled tip-off. The Aces players talked things over and spoke by phone with the union Friday. They called the league to say they did not want to play.
The league said it “worked extensively” with both teams to find a “workable solution.” The W.N.B.A. added it delayed the start of the game until 8 p.m. to give the Aces as much time as possible after their arrival.