WNBA Timeline & Abbreviations

start with the 1997 season teams: 
Charlotte StingNew York Liberty
Cleveland RockersPhoenix Mercury
Houston CometsSacramento Monarchs
Los Angeles SparksUtah Starzz
 
1998Detroit Shock began play
1998Washington Mystics began play
1999Orlando Miracle began play
1999Minnesota Lynx began play
  
2000Indiana Fever began play
2000Seattle Storm began play
2000Miami Sol began play
2000Portland Fire began play
2002Miami Sol disbanded
2002Portland Fire disbanded
2003Orlando Miracle became Connecticut Sun
2003Utah Starzz became San Antonio Silver Stars
2003Cleveland Rockers disbanded
2003Chicago Sky began play
2006Charlotte Sting disbanded
2008Atlanta Dream began play
2008Houston Comets disbanded
2008Sacramento Monarchs disbanded
  
2010Detroit Shock became Tulsa Shock
2016Tulsa Shock became Dallas Wings
2018San Antonio Silver Stars became Las Vegas Aces
 
List of abbreviations used in other pages:
Atlanta AtlAtlanta Dream (2008 - present)
Charlotte ChaCharlotte Sting (1997 - 2006)
Chicago ChiChicago Sky (2006 - present)
Cleveland CleCleveland Rockers (1997 - 2003)
Connecticut ConConnecticut Sun (2003 - present)
Dallas DalDallas Wings (2016 - present)
Detroit DetDetroit Shock (1998 - 2009)
Houston HouHouston Comets (1997 - 2008)
Indiana IndIndiana Fever (2000 - present)
Las Vegas LV Las Vegas Aces (2018 - present)
Los Angeles LA Los Angeles Sparks (1997 - present)
Miami MiaMiami Sol (2000 - 2002)
Minnesota MinMinnesota Lynx (1999 - present)
New York NY New York Liberty (1997 - present)
Orlando OrlOrlando Miracle (1999 - 2002)
Phoenix PhxPhoenix Mercury (1997 - present)
Portland PorPortland Fire (2000 - 2002)
Sacramento SacSacramento Monarchs (1997 - 2009)
San Antonio SA San Antonio Silver Stars (2003 - 2017)
Tulsa TulTulsa Shock (2010 - 2015)
Utah UtaUtah Starzz (1997 - 2002)
Washington WshWashington Mystics (1998 - present)