The Verizon WNBA All-Star Game 2017 will highlight the league’s stars in the 12th edition of the star-studded event, broadcasting live on ABC on Saturday, July 22, at 3:30 p.m. ET from KeyArena in Seattle. Ryan Ruocco will call the game alongside analyst Rebecca Lobo, with reporters Holly Rowe (Western Conference) and LaChina Robinson (Eastern Conference).
The immersive digital experience for ESPN The Magazine’s ninth annual BODY Issue launched today at www.espn.com/bodyissue. Created in celebration of the athletic form, the issue features 23 world-class athletes from the Olympics, NFL, NBA, WNBA, NHL, tennis, and rugby among other sports around the world from Denmark to New Zealand. Photos, videos, and interviews of the athletes are showcased in the unique new digital gallery experience and the issue hits newsstands Friday, July 7.
WNBA and Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi is poised to make history tonight, sitting only 29 points away from becoming the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer. Taurasi and the Mercury will face the Chicago Sky tonight at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN3/NBA TV and streaming live on the ESPN app.
ESPN will live stream 11 regular-season games during the 2017 WNBA season, beginning Tuesday, May 30, as Skylar Diggins-Smith and the Dallas Wings host Candice Dupree and the Indiana Fever.
Several of the top women’s college basketball prospects will gather at Samsung 837 in New York, for the 2017 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm on Thursday, April 13. Samsung 837, the brand’s experiential flagship and cultural hub, is hosting draft for the first time. Airing in prime time for the fifth-straight year, coverage and analysis of the first round will begin at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2, followed by coverage of the second and third rounds on ESPNU starting at 8 p.m. WNBA Draft host Ryan Ruocco will be joined by analysts Rebecca Lobo and LaChina Robinson, and reporters Holly Rowe and Cassidy Hubbarth.
The Mag’s Tall Ball Issue is an exploration of how height has impacted the NBA and college hoops, and how it will continue to impact the game of basketball in the future.
Sunday’s Game 1 of the 2016 WNBA Finals was the most-watched Game 1 ever on ABC, with an average audience of 597,000, according to Nielsen.
Game 1 of the 2015 WNBA Finals, which aired Sunday, Oct. 9, on ABC, delivered a 0.5 overnight rating, the best since 2010. The matchup between the Minnesota Lynx and the Los Angeles Sparks resulted in a +25% increase from last year’s Game 1.
ESPN’s exclusive coverage of the 2016 WNBA Finals presented by Verizon featuring the top two teams in the league – defending WNBA champions Minnesota Lynx and the Los Angeles Sparks — will tip off Sunday, Oct. 9, at 3 p.m. ET on ABC. All other games in the best-of-five series will be played on ESPN or ESPN2.
Four teams remain as the 2016 WNBA Playoffs semifinals tip off Wednesday, Sept. 28, with a doubleheader on ESPN2 beginning at 8 p.m. as the eighth-seeded Phoenix Mercury visit the top-seeded Minnesota Lynx in the best-of-five series.