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Val Ackerman
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Sports Executive
    (November 7, 1959- )
    Born in Lakewood Township, New Jersey
    First President of the WNBA (1996-2005)
    Inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame (2011)
    5th Commissioner of the Big East Conference
    She is a lawyer.
    Her professional basketball playing career was extremely short-lived.
    She wanted the WNBA labeled as a 'major league' to be on the same level as the NBA.
    In the majority of her reign as WNBA President, the league was not competitive as the Houston Comets had 4 championship victories and the Los Angeles Sparks with 2 championship victories.
    She was the first woman to take power of a women's team pro sports league.
    She was the first basketball player in the history of the University of Virginia to ever record 1,000 scored points.
    She made the WNBA a successful women's pro sports league.
    Sports Business Journal selected her for the list of 'the 20 Most Influential Women in Sports Business' (2005).
    She worked with the NCAA to make improvements of college women's basketball.

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