June 1, 2023

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ESPN to air 25 WNBA game titles with 9 on ABC

The ESPN family members of networks will air 25 frequent period online games all through the 2022 WNBA period and a file-tying nine of them will air on ABC, the league declared Thursday.

The nine nationally aired ABC online games ties the mark established in 2021. Prior to that, the last time there were being more than 3 was in 2008, according to a Yahoo Sports activities investigation. Five game titles will air on ESPN and 10 on ESPN2.

ABC will air four weekend afternoon games in May perhaps commencing with a rematch of the Phoenix Mercury and Seattle Storm playoff game on May perhaps 14. 4-time Storm champion Sue Hen has claimed it is probable her last calendar year, and it will be one particular of the last matchups with 3-time Mercury winner Diana Taurasi.

The station will air a Las Vegas Aces vs. Connecticut Sunshine matchup in mid-July and will shut the regular time with doubleheaders on the ultimate two weekends of Aug. 7 and 14. The Sun and reigning champion Chicago Sky are featured on each weekends.

The 25 includes the All-Star Game held on July 10. The company also holds the postseason rights, which could be a highest of 27 games less than the new playoff procedure.

The Disney networks fully commited to airing 25 games past year during the league’s 25th anniversary following Google agreed to underwrite an supplemental 8 video games to get to that range, for every an ESPN report. It was the most video games the networks aired in the earlier 14 several years, excluding the 2020 bubble time in which ESPN cameras ended up the only ones authorized at the internet site. Google, named a WNBA Changemaker in 2021, will all over again husband or wife with the networks to sponsor “WBNA on ESPN” telecasts that contain the playoffs.

The WNBA will increase to a 36-match season tipping off on May possibly 6 and will wrap up the Finals in time for the 2022 FIBA Globe Cup in September. The league reported the television and streaming schedules for CBS, CBS Athletics Community, NBA Tv, Primary Online video and Fb Look at will be unveiled in the coming weeks. There will be a overall of 40 game titles on the CBS channels.

WNBA on ABC game titles

Candace Parker and the 2021 winner Chicago Sky will be on the ESPN networks a complete of six times as section of the WNBA’s 2022 routine. (Christian Petersen/Getty Photographs)

The nationally televised game titles on ABC begin on the 2nd Sunday of the year. The very first team of them element Candace Parker and the reigning winner Sky staff as properly as 2020 MVP A’ja Wilson and her Aces on back again-to-again weekends.

  • May 14: Phoenix at Seattle, 3 p.m. ET

  • May 21: Phoenix at Las Vegas, 3 p.m. ET

  • May perhaps 22: Chicago at Washington, 3 p.m. ET

  • Could 28: Las Vegas at Chicago, 3 p.m. ET

ABC will air the Aces and Solar at 1 p.m. ET on July 17 out of the All-Star break. Game titles return for the final two weekends of the standard time with Parker’s Sky and the Solar, led by reigning MVP Jonquel Jones, featured two times each and every.

  • Aug. 7: Connecticut at Chicago, 1 p.m. ET

  • Aug. 7: Las Vegas at Seattle, 3 p.m. ET

  • Aug. 14: Minnesota at Connecticut, 1 p.m. ET

  • Aug. 14: Chicago at Phoenix, 3 p.m. ET

WNBA program on ESPN networks

The ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 program receives underway on the second working day of the 2022 year with a 6 p.m. ET activity amongst the Sun and New York Liberty on ESPN. It proceeds with a Sunday doubleheader on May 8 in primary time on ESPN2.

The highlights of the schedule: