ESPN’s WNBA opening weekend coverage (July 25 and 26 tipped the season off strong with Saturday’s opener between the Los Angeles Sparks and Phoenix Mercury on ABC becoming the league’s most-watched opener on the ESPN family of networks since 2012, delivering an average 539,000 viewers.
ESPN has expanded its largest regular season WNBA schedule ever by including 13 more games, bringing the total for the 2020 season to 37.
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ESPN’s WNBA schedule will open on July 25, with a doubleheader featuring No. 1 draft pick Sabrina Ionescu and the New York Liberty vs. legend Sue Bird and the Seattle Storm at noon ET on ESPN, followed by Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks vs. Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury at 3 p.m. on ABC.
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ESPN’s multi-platform NBA coverage continues throughout the week.
The sixth annual Sports Humanitarian Awards, sponsored by Bristol Myers Squibb, were awarded throughout the past week via announcements on Get Up and SportsCenter, with the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award presented by Dove Men+Care, the Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award presented by Anthem Foundation, and the Sports Humanitarian Team Award sponsored by Bristol Myers Squibb presented tonight during The 2020 ESPYS Presented by Capitol One.
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ESPN will host SportsCenter Special: The Return of Sports on Monday, June 15, as the commissioners from six of the top American professional team sports leagues discuss the return to competition in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Get Up’s Mike Greenberg will host the two-hour primetime special with Gary Bettman (NHL), Cathy Engelbert (WNBA), Don Garber (MLS), Roger Goodell (NFL), Rob Manfred (MLB) and Adam Silver (NBA) expected to participate in conversations.
Geno Auriemma, who has won a record 11 women’s basketball national championships, joins Detail for the first time to host two new episodes analyzing the performances of former Oregon players Sabrina Ionescu and Satou Sabally, among the best players in the country and the projected top two selections in Friday’s WNBA Draft.
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Episodes 1 and 2 of the highly anticipated 10-part series, The Last Dance, chronicling Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls, premieres Sunday, April 19 at 9 p.m. The documentary features never-before-seen footage from the 1997-98 season as the team pursued its sixth NBA championship in eight years.
The WNBA Draft Presented by State Farm will air live on ESPN, Friday, April 17, at 7 p.m. ET, as the pinnacle event of ESPN’s week-long, multi-platform league coverage.
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ESPN continues its longstanding commitment to the WNBA with a 17-game television slate for the 2020 regular season with games available across ABC, ESPN and ESPN2.
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