ESPN’s live presentation of the 2019 WNBA Finals presented by YouTubeTV tips off Sunday, Sept. 29, with the Connecticut Sun visiting the Washington Mystics at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN. Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo and reporter Holly Rowe will call the best-of-five game series. All games will also stream live on the ESPN app.
ESPN’s live presentation of every game of the 2019 WNBA Playoffs will begin Wednesday, September 11, with a first round, single-elimination doubleheader on ESPN2. Brittney Griner and the Phoenix Mercury will visit Diamond DeShields and Chicago Sky at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Minnesota Lynx and Napheesa Collier visiting Seattle Storm and Jewell Loyd at 10 p.m.
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The 16th AT&T WNBA All-Star Game will be broadcasted live on ABC on Saturday, July 27, at 3:30 p.m. ET from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, highlighting ESPN’s extensive coverage of AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019.
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ESPN2 will air the WNBA All-Star Team Selection Special on Tuesday, July 23, at 9:30 p.m. ET in advance of the AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 featuring the 16th WNBA All-Star Game airing on ABC on Saturday, July 27.College sports analyst and reporter, Maria Taylor will host the draft selection with special guest appearances by analyst Rebecca Lobo and WNBA MVP in 1997 and 1998 Cynthia Cooper-Dyke.
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ABC’s presentation of the Seattle Storm vs. Connecticut Sun on Sunday, June 16, was up 129% from last year’s fourth game on ESPN2, according to Nielsen. The key sales demo (P18-49) is up 30% year-over-year with female viewership currently up 189% and P2-17 up 83%.
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ABC’s presentation of the Los Angeles Sparks vs. Minnesota Lynx on Saturday, June 8, delivered a 0.6 rating according to Nielsen. The third game of this year’s regular season lineup was up 200% from last year’s comparable matchup of Seattle Storm/Los Angeles Sparks (0.2, ESPN2). This year’s first three WNBA games are averaging 413,000 viewers across ABC and ESPN2, which is an increase of 64% compared to 2018’s first four games on ESPN2.ESPN’s coverage of the 2019 WNBA season will continue Sunday, June 16, with the Seattle Storm at Connecticut Sun at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.-30-Contact: Belen Michelis, ESPN, (860) 766-1425, email@example.com
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ABC’s presentation of the Seattle Storm vs. Phoenix Mercury on Saturday, May 25, delivered a 0.5 overnight rating according to Nielsen (excluding Chicago market), marking it the highest-rated WNBA opening game on ESPN networks since the 2012 matchup between the Phoenix Mercury and Minnesota Lynx (0.8, ABC).
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ESPN’s coverage of the 2019 WNBA season will tip off Saturday, May 25, at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC when the defending champion Seattle Storm and Sue Bird host the Phoenix Mercury and Brittney Griner, the first of 16 regular-season games, including three on ABC. In addition, ESPN will televise one All-Star Special (ESPN), the All-Star Game (ABC) and each game of the 2019 WNBA postseason from the First Round to the Finals. All games will also stream live on the ESPN App.
A special WNBA pre-season matchup will tip off Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNEWS as the New York Liberty host the Chinese Women’s National Basketball team at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. ESPN’s commentators David Resnick and analyst Rebecca Lobo will call the game.
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Detail, the unique sports analysis program from five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant and ESPN, has returned for a new season of 15 episodes, exclusively on ESPN+.
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