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.
ESPN’s live presentation of every game of the WNBA Playoffs 2016 presented by Verizon will begin Wednesday, Sept. 21, with a first-round, single-elimination doubleheader on ESPNEWS. The Phoenix Mercury will visit the Indiana Fever in the first matchup at 6 p.m. ET, followed by the Seattle Storm visiting the Atlanta Dream at 8 p.m. Commentator Pam Ward and analyst LaChina Robinson will call the early game, with play-by-play commentator Ryan Ruocco, analyst Rebecca Lobo and reporter Holly Rowe calling the second tilt.
ESPN’s Saturday tip-off of the 2016 WNBA season delivered the best audience for a WNBA regular-season game on the ESPN networks (excluding ABC) since 2001, with an average of 505,000 viewers. The 7:30 p.m. ET telecast between the Minnesota Lynx and Phoenix Mercury posted a 0.3 household rating.
The Lynx defeated the Mercury at home, 95-76, led by a double-double from Maya Moore, who scored 27 points and had 10 assists. ESPN’s coverage of the historic 20th season of the WNBA will continue Tuesday, May 24, as the Chicago Sky host the Los Angeles Sparks at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. Full Schedule
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ESPN’s Saturday tip-off of the 2016 WNBA season was the highest-rated, regular-season WNBA game on the ESPN networks (excluding ABC) since 2011, and the highest-rated, regular-season weekend WNBA game on the ESPN networks (excluding ABC) since 2005. The 7:30 p.m. ET telecast between the Minnesota Lynx and Phoenix Mercury delivered a 0.4 overnight rating.
The top 5 markets were Minneapolis-St. Paul (1.6), Memphis (1.4), New Orleans (1.1), Albuquerque-Santa Fe (0.9) and Dayton, Ohio (0.8).
The Lynx defeated the Mercury at home, 95-76, led by a double-double from Maya Moore, who scored 27 points and had 10 rebounds. ESPN’s coverage of the historic 20th season of the WNBA will continue Tuesday, May 24, as the Chicago Sky host the Los Angeles Sparks at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. Full Schedule
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ESPN3 will present 18 WNBA regular-season games live during the historic 20th season of the league, beginning with four games on Opening Weekend on Saturday, May 14 – Dallas Wings at Indiana Fever (6 p.m. ET); New York Liberty at Washington Mystics (7 p.m.); Connecticut Sun at Chicago Sky (8 p.m.); and Atlanta Dream at San Antonio Stars (8 p.m.).
ESPN networks will showcase 32 regular-season games in total this year, with every team in the league appearing at least three times on the ESPN schedule. In addition, for the first time, ESPN networks will combine to televise the entire postseason including the WNBA Finals.
ESPN will tip off its 14-game regular-season television schedule of the WNBA’s historic 20th year on Saturday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. when the defending champion Minnesota Lynx and four-time WNBA All-Star Maya Moore host the Phoenix Mercury and nine-time All-Star Diana Taurasi. Ryan Ruocco will return as the lead play-by-play voice alongside analyst Carolyn Peck and reporter Holly Rowe. Full Details
ESPN3 is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices through WatchESPN. The network is currently available to more than 99 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.
ESPN3 Schedule (subject to change):
|Sat, May 14||6 p.m.||Dallas Wings at Indiana Fever||ESPN3|
|Sat, May 14||7 p.m.||New York Liberty at Washington Mystics||ESPN3|
|Sat, May 14||8 p.m.||Connecticut Sun at Chicago Sky||ESPN3|
|Sat, May 14||8 p.m.||Atlanta Dream at San Antonio Stars||ESPN3|
|Tue, Jun 14||7 p.m.||Washington Mystics at Connecticut Sun||ESPN3|
|Tue, Jun 14||7 p.m.||Dallas Wings at New York Liberty||ESPN3|
|Tue, Jun 14||8 p.m.||Seattle Storm at San Antonio Stars||ESPN3|
|Tue, Jun 21||8 p.m.||San Antonio Stars at Chicago Sky||ESPN3|
|Tue, Jun 28||10 p.m.||Atlanta Dream at Seattle Storm||ESPN3|
|Tue, Jul 5||7 p.m.||Seattle Storm at Atlanta Dream||ESPN3|
|Tue, Jul 5||8:30 p.m.||Phoenix Mercury at Dallas Wings||ESPN3|
|Sun, Aug 28||7 p.m.||San Antonio Stars at Washington Mystic||ESPN3|
|Tue, Sep 6||8 p.m.||Indiana Fever at San Antonio Stars||ESPN3|
|Tue, Sep 13||7 p.m.||Indiana Fever at Connecticut Sun||ESPN3|
|Tue, Sep 13||7 p.m.||Washington Mystic at New York Liberty||ESPN3|
|Tue, Sep 13||7 p.m.||San Antonio Stars at Atlanta Dream||ESPN3|
|Sun, Sep 18||4 p.m.||Connecticut Sun at Washington Mystic||ESPN3|
|Sun, Sep 18||4:30 p.m.||Phoenix Mercury at San Antonio Stars||ESPN3|
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