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WNBA players head overseas to make money they don’t get here

By now, many of you can probably name the final four teams competing for the NCAA Men's basketball championship title. But what about the women's? With March Madness coming to end in a few weeks and the Men's NBA playoffs set to begin later in April, many of these male players look forward to a relaxing off-season. But for an increasingly high number of professional women's basketball players, there is no off-season. WNBA stars like Chicago's Candace Parker and veteran Diana Turasi have been playing nearly continuous cycles of basketball for years. How? By splitting their seasons at home and abroad. As countries like Russia and China increase demand for star players, they also offer salaries that are tough to say no to. Some players, like Turasi, are even saying goodbye to the WNBA entirely. We've got head coach of the Chicago Sky women's basketball team, Pokey Chatman, to talk about the chance many WNBA players are cashing in on.(Flickr/Kevin Coles)

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