The Cleveland Rockers was one of the original eight teams comprising the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Rockers existed from 1997 until 2003. Seven thousand fans, on average, attended the team's games each season. The Rockers made the league playoffs in 1998, 2000, and 2001, but the team never advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs. In 2003, the team's owner, Gordon Gund, released his rights to the Cleveland Rockers. In essence, he disbanded the team. In early 2004, the WNBA decided to not seek a new owner for the team and held a dispersal draft, where other WNBA teams drafted the former Rockers players. The Cleveland Rockers team formally ended with this draft.