REPORT: ESPN To Broadcast More WNBA Games In 2019
The WNBA is capitalizing on last season’s growth, announcing today that the ESPN brand of networks will carry 25% more nationally televised games during the 2019 season.
ESPN networks will broadcast two regular-season games in May, four in June, three in July plus the All-Star Game, five in August, and two in September.
“ESPN is thrilled to once again bring fans a stellar lineup of WNBA action,” said Carol Stiff, ESPN vice president of programming and acquisitions. “We are committed to showcasing the sport and its stars with more marquee matchups than ever before available on ABC and ESPN.”
All 16 matchups on the ESPN networks will feature at least one former No. 1 draft pick. Seattle, Phoenix and Los Angeles will appear five times on ESPN network-televised games, while Minnesota, Washington and Connecticut will appear four times.
“We’re excited that ESPN will feature expanded coverage of WNBA games in the 2019 season,” WNBA interim president Mark Tatum said. “The enhanced schedule reflects ESPN’s commitment to the WNBA and gives our fans additional opportunities on ESPN networks to see the best players in the world compete at the highest level.”
This could prove to be extremely huge for current WNBA players who have been wanting to increase salaries among players and get a bigger percentage like their NBA counterparts currently do.
The entire 2019 WNBA schedule is available on the league’s website.