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When you ask many WNBA fans what they would like to see the league do, in particular starting next year when a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is expected to be in effect, they often want to see the league invest more money by paying players more and adding expansion teams. But there is a valid point made by fans who say that the league should not go in that direction, so let's examine that a little more here.
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These are the top two teams in the USA and they will be playing in the Jimmy V Classic. If you want to watch online, do so on WatchESPN.com.
There's a cool tool for SBN sites to use to track comment activity, known as a roll call. So let's put it to use.
We'll finally know what the first round draft order will look like later today. Watch it on ESPN's SportsCenter and online on WatchESPN.com if you have the right cable provider.
Tomorrow, it's Thanksgiving. But here are some thoughts that I can see for the fans of each WNBA team in general, in terms of what things they are thankful for this past season and right now in the offseason.
Unable to get answers from the traditional channels, Swish Appeal has the psychics at PsychicSource.com weigh in on the WNBA's great questions with their clairvoyant know-how.
The Washington, DC area is the place to be tonight in women's college basketball with three top 10 teams playing tonight, starting at 6 PM ET.
Happy Veterans Day! Two big college games are on tonight starting at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN 2, and also online through ESPN3.com.
I've been meaning to put something on this but didn't want to do it during the playoffs. But now that the WNBA season is over, let's take a playful look at some of those terms and other facts that we saw in our comments over the past year. You can call this the Swish Appeal Glossary.
The conference now known as the American Athletic Conference was a casualty of the most recent college conference realignment in Division I. One of the schools in that conference, the University of Connecticut, was left as a school on the outside looking in when other conferences such as the ACC and the Big Ten decided to go with other options, mostly with football as the main driving factor. Given all of this, how do you think UConn will do in the American?
Tonight, the WNBA Finals head to Duluth, Georgia because "Disney on Ice: Let's Celebrate!" is on at the Philips Arena. ESPN2, a network that is coincidentally majority-owned by The Walt Disney Company will have the game at 8:30 PM ET. The Minnesota Lynx look to win their second championship over the Atlanta Dream while the Dream looks to turn this series around and climb out of a 2-0 hole.
The Finals continue today at 8:00 PM ET tonight on ESPN 2 as the Minnesota Lynx try to get to a 2-0 lead in their best of five series over the Atlanta Dream where they won the first game, 84-59.
The Finals begin tonight between the Minnesota Lynx and Atlanta Dream at 8:30 PM ET on ESPN. At the same time since many of you are also football fans, the San Francisco 49ers host the Houston Texans on NBC.
Earlier today, as M. Robinson pointed out in a FanShot, Georgetown University women's basketball coach Keith Brown and assistant coach Tim Valentine are on administrative leave following complaints regarding their conduct to their players.
As usual on Sundays, the W likes having games in the afternoon. But at this time of the year, it's time to watch NFL football, and the New England Patriots play the Atlanta Falcons tonight at 8:30 PM ET on NBC. There's never a perfect time to have these games, so arrange your TV watching accordingly. Game 2 of the Conference Finals begin at 3:00 PM ET, and they should be done before the Pats/Falcons game. Watch on ESPN2 or Watch ESPN.
I'm still not over DC's WNBA season ending, but life goes on with or without Mike Thibault, Ivory Latta, and Tayler Hill. The second round of the playoffs begin today everyone! All games are on ESPN 2 or Watch ESPN.
With both #1/#4 series coming to a close yesterday, tonight we'll see the winners of the #2/#3 seeded matchups.
Sunday games are early so you can watch the Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Steelers on NBC at 8:30 PM ET. Playoff games are on at 3:00 PM ET on ESPN 2.
The Mystics and Mercury will try to punch tickets for the Conference Finals in Game 2 of their Conference Semifinal matches tonight. Watch it all on NBA TV or LiveAccess unless you are in the DC area.
The other two Conference Semifinals series begin, and you can watch them on NBA TV or LiveAccess
Hello ladies and gents. Playoffs begin tonight at 8:00 PM ET and all games are on ESPN 2.
The regular season is over and the Playoffs will begin on Thursday. So let's reflect on it before Thursday when the "second season starts."
The eight teams that didn't play yesterday all have their regular season finales today starting at 1:00 PM ET which is right when football is going on! Games are on LiveAccess unless I say so.
Happy Saturday! The Alabama-Texas A&M football game is still currently going on and is as exciting as advertised (Nate's Michigan Wolverines had a tougher than expected match against Akron), and later tonight, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. will fight Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on Pay Per View. In the meantime, we have two WNBA games where the regular season will come to an end for four teams. Games are on LiveAccess.
Happy Friday the 13th! Most teams know exactly where they'll be next week. The Mystics and Fever don't as they have even records and are trying to secure the third seed in the East. We'll get one step closer to finding out with tonight's games, which start at 7:00 PM ET. All games on LiveAccess unless you're in the DC area.
Four Western Conference teams play tonight, and their seedings are all decided. But maybe something will be interesting. Games are all on LiveAccess, one on old media via NBA TV.
Middle of the work week. One game on ESPN 2, the other on LiveAccess. While the playoff teams have been decided, the seedings haven't, so we should still see some competitive ball tonight.
At this point in the season, most teams are either playing for the future or for playoff seeding. But the Mystics and Liberty are still fighting for a shot at Chiney Ogwumike or a likely date with the Chicago Sky, definitely if it's New York. Either way, games start at 7:00 PM ET on LiveAccess.
Happy Sunday! Three games in the afternoon. Let's get to them.
Happy Saturday. Two games on the docket, one on NBA TV, and all on LiveAccess.
Unless you are a Lynx or Storm fan, your team is playing tonight. The Lynx and Storm play tomorrow. One game is on NBA TV, some on local TV, and all on LiveAccess.
Today, the NBA officially announced that it will implement SportVU, an advanced analytics and player tracking technology in all 29 of its arenas. SportVU is a product by STATS, LLC, a sports information services and data company.
Our partners in the SB Nation NBA family are having "Most Hyped" day, where they get to talk about players who entered their favorite teams with the most hype, and whether they lived to those expectations. Unlike most of the SBN NBA sites, this site doesn't just follow one team, but an entire league, so I'll talk briefly on some hyped players and whether they're living up to the hype.
Two games on the docket for today. One on NBA TV, all on LiveAccess.
Happy first day after Labor Day everyone!
Happy Labor Day! One game on the docket as the Atlanta Dream (14-13) tries to stay above .500 and plays against the Los Angeles Sparks (21-8) at 6:00 PM ET. It's on old media via NBA TV, or you can watch it on new media on LiveAccess.
Usually Sunday is a big game day in this league as everyone plays in the afternoon. Not today. Only one game with the Liberty (11-18) playing at the Shock (9-20). It's on LiveAccess.
All games on LiveAccess, one on NBA TV.
TGIF and welcome to the long Labor Day Weekend. Two games are on tonight in the evening. One is on NBA TV, all are on LiveAccess.
Late night for me (10:00 PM ET), primetime for you West Coasters. This game is on LiveAccess nationally and worldwide, and in Seattle, watch LiveWell.
One game for Wednesday between what could be a potential first round playoff matchup. It's on NBA TV and in the Atlanta area, turn on Fox Sports South.
Three games tonight. Watch on LiveAccess and one is also on NBA TV.
Let's head to the games shall we? They're on LiveAccess and one is on NBA TV.
Do NOT watch LiveAccess. Go to WatchESPN.com for BOTH games for online viewing, and one is on ESPN 2.
All on LiveAccess, two on NBA TV, and one on Monumental Network if you live near the nation's capital.
The league's best team faces the league's worst team, standings-wise tonight at 7:00 PM ET. Watch the game
unleash, I mean unfurl itself on LiveAccess, or if you're in Connecticut, it's on CPTV Sports.
Happy Wednesday. One game tonight on LiveAccess between the Fever (11-14) and Stars (9-15) at 7:00 PM ET.
There are many critical moments in a team's history that could set a franchise forward for years to come or set it back by just as much. Sometimes it happens totally by chance. Since the 2002 WNBA Draft, there has been a lottery system in order to allocate the top draft picks. For the Washington Mystics, they historically have been a perennially bad team, and yet they have never gotten the right draft combination to select some of the league's biggest names during the 2002, 2004, 2009, and 2013 Drafts when they had that chance. So, if I could hit the reset button, I'd like to go back to 2002 when this string of bad luck started, and just be really delusional in this extremely long and optimistic take for the Mystics and see what could have happened if the balls fell their way. What would have happened if the Washington Mystics, instead of the Seattle Storm got the first pick in the 2002 WNBA Draft to select Sue Bird, a guard out of Connecticut?
Four games. Let's get started. Watch all but one game on LiveAccess, as one game is on ESPN 2. In addition, another game is on NBA TV.
A couple weeks ago, the SB Nation NBA network, which we're part of had a Commissioner for a Day series where a number of our fellow bloggers put what they'd want the NBA to do if they got to be in David Stern's shoes for a day. This is a really late post on it, but here is what I would do if I was David Stern and how I would use that position to influence the WNBA which is one of his major creations during his tenure.
Happy Sunday! We have three games today starting at 3:00 PM ET as teams look to gain playoff positioning. One is on NBA TV.
Games are on LiveAccess starting at 8:00 PM ET. Entertaining comments encouraged, mediocrity discouraged.
Four games tonight. Fans who are from both sides of the contiguous US should feel good tonight with at least one game at a comfortable hour. All games on LiveAccess, two on NBA TV.
Hello everyone. Late game today if you're East, and if you're out West, it's at a good time. The Seattle Storm (10-12) hosts the Chicago Sky (15-8) tonight in the Emerald City at 10:00 PM ET. Watch on LiveAccess or KONG if you're in Seattle.
Middle of the work week and there's a game that both east and west coasters can enjoy without interfering with work or bedtime. Watch on LiveAccess and one game's on NBA TV.
Sparks (16-7) and Sky (15-7). At Staples on NBA TV and LiveAccess. Game time is past the East Coasters' bedtime at 10:30 PM ET, but I work late and am up late so... whatever.
Unless you follow the Sparks and/or Fever, your team is playing today. Two games on NBA TV. All on LiveAccess.
The weekend starts with an early basketball game and another one at night, all on NBA TV, or on LiveAccess.
We have three games going on tonight, so let's get to them. Two of these games are in the West Coast which is prime time for you, late night for me. Watch on LiveAccess, if it's working that is.
Happy Thursday! There are two games on the docket and they're on LiveAccess so here we go!
Everyone except the Dream and Shock play today and tonight. Four are on LiveAccess, one on NBA TV, and one on ESPN 2.
Happy Sunday everyone! Today is the last day for the Free Preview for WNBA LiveAccess by the way and all games are viewable there by the way unless I say otherwise.
From Monumental Network. This isn't a Mystics video as this was an event for Wizards VIP season ticket holders last Thursday where Ted spoke to them in a Q&A, along with guard John Wall who signed his sophomore contract extension worth about $80 million over five seasons. At the 11-13 minute mark he mentioned about the desire to get the Wizards to perform at a level to where season ticket holders can sell their tickets at a profit and talked about season ticket renewal rates as well by the Capitals and the Wizards. This ties into point three of my post last month about some suggestions for all WNBA teams. Sure 17 games isn't as much as 41 for the regular season, but WNBA teams shouldn't be pushing for perfect attendance by season ticket holders all the time in part because I don't see any NBA or NHL team doing the same but this is the NBA fan-side of me talking. Then again, non-big four teams will push for butts in seats so I get that too. Lastly, at the beginning, Ted did mention the slash and burn rebuilds that the Wizards and Capitals have gone through in order to get the teams on a path for future success, and while it's painful on the record books, I'm of the mindset that slash and burn is the best way to rebuild a team regardless of the league.
Three more games tonight from East to West. Two are on NBA TV, and everything's on LiveAccess unless I say otherwise. There's also a free preview for it too by the way through this weekend.
LiveAccess is on a free trial through August 4, or this Sunday and will air all games tonight. Three games to be exact.
One game tonight, as the Liberty (7-11) heads to DC to face the Mystics (9-9) tonight at 7:00 PM ET. Game's on NBA TV nationally, and online on LiveAccess. In the DC area, you won't be able to watch NBA TV. Turn on Monumental Network for it.
Two games in the East and West. Games start at 7:00 PM Eastern. Watch on LiveAccess.
Now that we are at around the midpoint for the season, the next significant point for the season is on August 15, and to be even more specific, it's at 8:00 PM Eastern according to the Mercury's Media Guide. What is this date for? It's the trade deadline!
The 2013 WNBA All-Star Game is today at 3:30 PM ET on ABC held at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Any team that didn't play yesterday plays today in the daytime. It does make sense that the games are in the daytime today considering that the All-Star game is on Saturday, for what it's worth. Let's head to the games.
Good morning. Every team will play today or tomorrow as they wrap up their schedules before All-Star break. Three games are on today, but two are matinees. Two of them are on NBA TV. Otherwise, turn on LiveAccess.
Hi everyone, there is one game tonight on ESPN 2 and ESPN 3 as the surging Indiana Fever (7-8) plays at home against the New York Liberty (6-10) at 7:00 PM ET.
Happy Sunday! There are three games, all on LiveAccess unless I say otherwise.
The weekend is in full swing, and we have three games tonight for you to watch starting at 8:00 PM ET which you can see on LiveAccess.
TGIF everyone! There are three games tonight on the docket as you kick off the weekend and you can watch them on LiveAccess. Let's cut to the chase and get to the games.
Like yesterday in some ways, we have both a matinee game on LiveAccess nationally and an evening game which is on ESPN2 or ESPN3 as well. The big difference is that there is a game on ESPN2 and yesterday we didn't get that luxury.
Two games in the W today starting at 3:00 PM ET or noon Pacific Time.
Happy Tuesday and we now head to the second half of July. There's one game tonight as the Washington Mystics (7-7) host the San Antonio Silver Stars (4-10) at 7:00 PM ET. The game can be seen online on LiveAccess nationally, and if you're in the DC area, log online to Monumental Network.
Sunday seems to be a big day for games in the W, especially in the afternoon. This Sunday is no exception as we'll see three games this afternoon. Watch them on LiveAccess unless I say otherwise.
Happy Saturday, and there are two games tonight. All on LiveAccess unless I say otherwise.
TGIF Everyone! It's a cloudy day here in DC, but hopefully it's a better day for the rest of you guys out there weather-wise. Games start at 7:00 PM ET on LiveAccess and locally on TV depending where you are.
Good morning all. Two games are on today, one is a matinee on the East Coast, and the other is a prime time game on the West Coast.
If there's something in the WNBA that angers me almost as much as 11 man rosters, it's matinee games during the work week. I love kids and I loved being a kid. I just hate that these games don't allow many if not most season ticket holders to attend it without altering their schedules. There are two such games and you can stream them on LiveAccess.
Happy Sunday! Two games are on today, both on LiveAccess unless I say otherwise.
Happy Saturday everyone. Three games two of them on NBA TV, but you know where to watch at this point if you want to watch them online or on local TV.
Happy 4th of July from the nation's capital! There are barbecues, fireworks, and there will be a game today featuring the LA Sparks (6-4) as they play the New York Liberty (5-5) at home. Game is at 3:30 PM ET and on NBA TV nationally, on TWC SportsNet in the Los Angeles area, and online through LiveAccess.
I've been meaning to do a post on this for quite some time, but I'm just not able put this into one coherent post and keeping things in the aggregate. But here are three things that I think could improve things for WNBA season ticket holders (STH's). Much of it comes from my own experience as an NBA season ticket holder which I want to see applied to the W.
Early returns for the 2013 WNBA All Star Game at the Mohegan Sun Casino are in, and Chicago Sky rookie forward Elena Delle Donne is leading all players with 16,761 votes in this round of returns according to a press release from the league.
Happy Tuesday! Four games tonight, one on ESPN 2 which isn't on LiveAccess, but everything else will be unless I say otherwise.
Happy end of June everyone! Three games are on tap for today as we finish out the first half of 2013 all on LiveAccess unless I say otherwise.
Two games in the evening, at least if you're on the East Coast, and they both feature inter-conference matches.
Today, four games will be on LiveAccess, starting at 7:00 PM ET.
The Washington Mystics (4-4) will try to stop a three game losing streak as they host a Phoenix Mercury team that is now at 5-4 and looks to sweep DC out of the building. The 2013 NBA Draft is also the big focus tonight in the basketball world, and that's on at 7:30 PM ET. The game is online through LiveAccess nationally , but in the DC area, it's online through Monumental Network.
One game today, which is in the daytime once again as the Chicago Sky (5-3) hosts the New York Liberty (4-3) with the 2nd place spot in the East on the line. Game is on LiveAccess at 12:30 PM ET.
Two games today. One is during lunch hour in the East or rush hour in the West, but tonight, there will be an ESPN 2 match.
There are four games today in the W, and one will be on NBA TV. Otherwise, yo can watch them on LiveAccess.
NBA TV's rookie weekend continues with four notable first round draft picks playing or expected to play tonight. The action starts at 7:00 PM ET with one game on TV, but everything's also on LiveAccess.
At any professional basketball game you go to, the game may be the product that you're paying to see, but games are entertainment experiences as much as they are games. Music plays a big part of it.
Three games tonight starting at 8:00 PM ET. All games are on WNBA LiveAccess unless I say otherwise. Two games will be on NBA TV.
After a roller coaster ride where both teams traded blows and appeared to gain so much momentum but ended up losing the very next game, it finally comes to this. Game Seven of the NBA Finals, Tonight at 9:00 PM Eastern Time on ABC or ESPN3.com. This is Epic. This is BIG.
A matinee WNBA game today as the Tulsa Shock (1-7) hosts the Chicago Sky (4-2). For many of you grownups you can watch this game on LiveAccess, at the risk of your own employment. SB Nation, Vox Media, and the NBA are not responsible for any community members' employment sanctions or terminations as a result of watching this game during company time...
Tonight, the Minnesota Lynx (4-1) will play against the Phoenix Mercury (3-3) at 7:00 PM Arizona and Pacific Time or 10:00 Eastern. Game's only on LiveAccess.
Tonight, in the WNBA, Ivory Latta and the Washington Mystics head to Washington State as they play the Seattle Storm where they will try extend their winning streak to four games at 10:00 PM ET. Before then, we'll also be seeing Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat with the Spurs having a chance to win the championship tonight which you can watch on ABC at 9:00 PM ET.
Happy Father's Day everyone! Four afternoon WNBA games are on tonight from 2:00 PM ET and this evening at 8:00 PM ET we'll get to see Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat.
One game tonight and it's going to be a late one for me, but for our West Coast crowd, the timing's just right. The Silver Stars are traveling to LA for a 7:30 PM Pacific Time match or 10:30 for me and folks in the East
Yeah, LeBron and Dwyane Wade were both in "attack mode" and set good examples on how the Washington Mystics' top draft pick should play this Sunday against the Indiana Fever which has another rookie guard who is showing some signs why she is a steal at her position. Wait, that's for Sunday's Dad's Day Thread! Anyway, TGIF everyone! Four games are on tap for tonight from East to West, all on LiveAccess ($14.99 for the year), so here they are.
There are no WNBA games on today, but we'll still have an open thread tonight for two things. First, Game 4 of the NBA Finals is on tonight at 9:00 PM ET between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat. Second, we've talked about this here and there in the comments, but now here is an open topic on the 11 man rosters and what should be done about it.
Yesterday, we got to see the Lynx take care of business against the Stars after losing the Mystics last Saturday. We also saw the San Antonio Spurs return the Miami Heat a similar blowout to what we saw last Sunday in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Tonight, there's one game on ESPN 2 as the Connecticut Sun travels to Indianapolis to play the Fever.
If you're in San Antonio and you follow both Spurs and Stars basketball, this will be a pretty tough day when it comes to watching all of the Starts as both of your teams are playing tonight. And also... more songs, per the request of the guys who supervise me!
Two games in the WNBA today on LiveAccess and the NBA Finals continue on ABC tonight at 9:00 PM between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat. Both matches in the W are rematches from last Friday.
Three games including an afternoon game on ABC, plus two more this evening on LiveAccess.
After an exciting finish to Game 1 of the NBA Finals yesterday as the San Antonio Spurs drew first blood against the Miami Heat, there are four games in the W tonight, all on LiveAccess from the Casino in the East to the Key in the West. Three will be on TV as well.
That's a long title. A good number of you here are NBA fans, and today the NBA Finals begin between the San Antonio Spurs, the Western Conference Champions, and the Miami Heat, the Eastern Conference Champions, and also the Defending NBA champions starting at 9:00 PM ET. All NBA Finals games will be on ABC in the US of A, and on TSN in Canada. We will post a thread for the NBA Finals, even when there is no WNBA game scheduled. There is only one game, Game 4 on Thursday, June 13 that is in that category. All that said, we have one WNBA game which will headline the Minnesota Lynx as they host the Phoenix Mercury at 8:00 PM ET which is only on LiveAccess.
I think this thread will have less activity than usual, but it's here because there's a game this morning during lunch hour or the morning rush if you're in the West Coast. The Indiana Fever (1-1) travels to Newark, NJ to play the New York Liberty (1-1) for a game at 11:00 AM Eastern. If you're in the New York City area, turn on MSG Plus.
We're really happy to see increased activity on our site, both in terms of people coming to our website for coverage and fan insights on the WNBA and women's college basketball. We're also really happy to see that more of you are participating in open threads and commenting on our posts. However, we have recently seen increased instances of inappropriate conduct on our site and feel that though there's never really a good time to have such a post, now this is that time.
Today, there will be three games that begin in Washington and end in Washington (there's a pun here), and once again, Tayler Hill and the "Other Three" will be playing on the same day, or in nicer terms, the top four picks in this year's draft. All games are on LiveAccess unless I say otherwise.
Happy Saturday! Two WNBA games tonight, both at 8 PM ET, all on LiveAccess or on TV if I note otherwise. And Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals is tonight at 8:30 PM ET on TNT.
Tonight we have three games on tap starting at 7:00 PM Eastern which can be viewed on local TV in some cases, and LiveAccess in others. Note that the fee for LiveAccess is $14.99 this season and you now must pay to watch games as the free trial weekend has passed.
We had some good reactions from our open thread regarding the Big Three marketing campaign going overboard and possibly at the expense of other teams. Also, we have seen a drop in community member produced content lately, most notably FanPosts.
I know this season is supposed to be a big one given that Brittney Griner, Elena Delle Donne, and Skylar Diggins are now pros and playing for the Phoenix Mercury, Chicago Sky, and the Tulsa Shock respectively. I'm excited to see them make an impact myself. I really am. But is the WNBA's and ESPN's campaign to market them aggressively coming at the expense of all the other teams and players in the league?
Happy Memorial Day everyone! Give thanks to the troops today for their service because this day is for them. Today is the start of the WNBA season that most wished for. At 3 PM until the early evening we will see two WNBA games which feature the top four picks in this year's WNBA Draft who all come from the teams that didn't make the playoffs last year. All games are on ESPN 2 and WatchESPN. Then at 9:00 PM Eastern, the Grizzlies look to stave off elimination vs. the Spurs in Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference Finals which you can see on ESPN.
Tonight, there will be games in both the NBA and the WNBA, all at the same time at 8:30 PM Eastern. In the W, the Los Angeles Sparks will host the Seattle Storm in their home opener which can be sen on LiveAccess or Time Warner Cable if you live in LA and everywhere else on NBA TV. In the NBA, Indianapolis will be at the center of the basketball world (well it's in the Hoosier state after all) as the Pacers host the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals which can be seen on TNT.
Tonight two more games in the W with the Shock and Dream, and the Libs and Sun starting at 7:00 PM Eastern all on LiveAccess. Then at 9:00 PM Eastern, watch Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference Finals as the Memphis Grizzlies try to get out of a 2-0 deficit vs. the San Antonio Spurs.
Tonight, the WNBA regular season finally starts tonight at 8:00 PM Eastern as the Indiana Fever, the 2012 WNBA Champions starts its title defense. Then at around 8:30 PM Eastern, watch the Indiana Pacers take on the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. If you're both a Pacers and Fever fan, tonight should be a great night for you, especially if both teams win!
Tonight, the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas will be on television. You can watch it on ABC at 8:00 PM Eastern after the conclusion of Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Memphis Grizzlies which the Spurs won pretty soundly, 105-83. Even better, one of the main subjects of this post, country/pop singer Taylor Swift will be there and is expected to perform too! And one of our community members wrote up a parody of one of her songs as it relates to Washington Mystics fans and their former guard Natalie Novosel, who was cut last Thursday.
Two more games this afternoon. None on national TV. But the NBA Western Conference Finals are.
Last night we got an email from the Vox Media Product Team that the network infrastructure issues have been cleared.
It's our site manager's birthday today!
If you've been on our site last couple of days and tried to comment or browse and found that you just weren't able to do so, well you're not alone. We've tried to post things and nothing was sticking half the time as well. Sometimes it updates, and sometimes it won't. In short, the entire SB Nation network is having technical difficulties since this past Tuesday night which is making us all feel dead today.
There will be three preseason games this morning and early afternoon in the WNBA. But I have a topic that I'm more interested in talking about than preseason games which are for the most part, tuneups. My question is this. Are grassroots ticket drives and word of mouth sales something that can build a casual fanbase?
Okay, we haven't had too many posts this week and we apologize for that. But the good news is that things should finally change pretty dramatically next week. On Sunday, teams will start training camp and we finally see get to see how rosters shape up. No more hypothetical talk about things that may or may not happen. Now the players get to just show what they're made of and before you know it the 2013 WNBA season will finally begin.
Last year, reported attendance at WNBA games overall was at an all time low at 7,457 and this was despite the fact that the Olympics were held which is often a time when WNBA players get more exposure. This year, we hope that it changes given the three players you see above. So how would you like to see teams try to increase their attendance this year?
Well, we've talked a bit about improving the WNBA product mostly with player salaries, and whether Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner, Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne, and Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins will be be the real deal as they play for their new teams. However, we haven't talked too much about the fans and what specifically could be done to improve their experience.
Okay, the big day is finally here. The WNBA Draft will be held tonight at 8:00 PM on ESPN2 at ESPN Headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.
After the Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team completed their end of the bargain last night by defeating the Michigan Wolverines 82-76 in the men's national championship last night, the Cardinals' women's basketball team looks to do the same tonight against the Connecticut Huskies. Game is at 8:30 PM Eastern on ESPN and ESPN 3.
Tonight with no NBA basketball on tap, all eyes will be on college basketball with the NCAA men's basketball national championship game. It will feature the Louisville Cardinals as they go for their first national championship since 1986 against the Michigan Wolverines, as they go for their first national championship since 1989. Tipoff is at around 9:23 PM Eastern Time, and you can watch the game on CBS or at ncaa.com.
The Final Four starts in New Orleans today which features a team with a transcendent college superstar, a mainstay college power, and two rising programs. Which teams will come out on top to play in the national championship? All games are on ESPN or ESPN 3.
The 2013 WNBA season is supposed to be a highly anticipated season because of the "Big Three" players who we have talked about in a previous thread not too long ago. We have seen that the league is implementing new rules and introducing new logos to rebrand itself. But we have also seen that the league lose four star players in this offseason due directly or indirectly from year round play which includes international league play which generally pays more than the WNBA. So, is this hurting the WNBA's on the court product and its long term future?
Today we will see the remaining Regional Finals of the NCAA Tournament, featuring our remaining WNBA "Big Three" prospect still playing: Skylar Diggins of Notre Dame. Games start at 7:00 PM Eastern Time and will be on ESPN and WatchESPN.
We saw two number 1 seeds fall over the last couple days, and now we'll see which teams make the Final Four. The Regional Finals are today in Bridgeport and Spokane and here's the place to talk about it. You can watch all games on ESPN or WatchESPN in certain circumstances.
Baylor Lady Bears center Brittney Griner reflects on her career after an 82-81 loss to the Louisville Cardinals in which she scored 14 points on 4-for-10 shooting.
Sweet 16 games continue today on this Easter Sunday. The Easter Bunny gives us two presents in the form of Brittney Griner and Skylar Diggins playing at separate times so we can watch during lunch time and at dinner time as well on ESPN and ESPN 2 respectively. Or do I mean breakfast time and before dinner time if you're out in the western US of A?
Two regional rounds start today in Bridgeport and Spokane. Which teams advance to the Elite Eight today?
After seeing a number of great second round games which featured Kansas going into the Sweet 16 as a 12 seed, and Cal needing to defeat South Florida in overtime, we hope to see more of the same tonight. Games start at approximately 7:00 PM Eastern Time and games can be watched on ESPN3.com and games will continue to be cycled through ESPN 2. As noted on Sunday, the 2013 WNBA Draft Class' "Big Three" all played their first round matches, all three of them won and will attempt to get to the Sweet 16 tonight.
There are now 32 teams remaining in the 2013 NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament. Starting at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN3 and ESPN2, you will have a chance to see 16 of these teams fight for eight of the Sweet 16 spots.
After 32 teams squared off yesterday, the other 32 teams that didn't play yesterday get to show what they can do in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Games start at noon or so Eastern Time, all available on ESPN3.com, and ESPN2 will also cycle through games as appropriate.
Feel free to talk about today's games, and whatever else is on your mind here.
The Division I NCAA women's basketball tournament will start this Saturday on March 23. Many of the top seniors who are playing in the tournament will not only try to take their teams as far as they can and hopefully win it all on April 9 in New Orleans, but they also may be hoping to increase their draft stock to WNBA teams. However, in college basketball, there are four classes playing at any one time, and at least some think that the junior class, or in WNBA terms, the 2014 Draft class also consists of many players who may also be very effective at the next level. My question to you all: Is this 2013 Draft Class deeper than next year's 2014 Draft Class?
We had a good showing in last Sunday's open thread in regards to what you thought about the top of the 2013 Draft class. Though the "media" wants you to believe that there are three game changers and impact players in this draft, many, if not most of you believed that this class was more of a Big Two if not a Big One class featuring the woman, the myth, the legend: Brittney Griner. Regardless, there are going to be 33 additional players drafted after the "Big Three" and the media believes this will be a deeper than usual draft, which indicates that there may be some additional players who may also provide a significant impact on the right team. Which players who aren't part of this chosen "Big Three" have a shot to become impact players?
With some conference basketball tourneys coming up later this week and with the NCAA Tournament on the horizon, this gives college basketball's top seniors a chance to give their last, and hopefully their best impressions on WNBA teams in regards to their draft status. There's been plenty of talk by the league that this is a draft headlined with three game changing draft prospects: Baylor center Brittney Griner, Delaware forward Elena Delle Donne, and Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins. However, is this draft class really a headlined by "Big Three", or are there more or less prospects who figure to be game changers or impact players in the WNBA this season?
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