The WNBA will have 100 games broadcast on national TV during the 2021 season, the league announced on Monday.
In addition, the league revealed that Google will be supporting the season as a WNBA Changemaker, an Official Technology Partner and the Official Trends and Insights Partner, as well as the presenting partner of the WNBA on ESPN. There will be a “25 for 25” where 25 WNBA games get broadcast across ABC, ESPN and ESPN2.
There will be an ABC doubleheader on Saturday, May 15th as the Chicago Sky and Washington Mystics kick off their seasons at 1 p.m. and the Las Vegas Aces square off with the defending champion Seattle Storm in a rematch of last year’s Finals at 3 p.m (also a season opener).
The other national TV networks broadcasting games will be CBS Television Network, CBS Sports Network and NBA TV. CBS is slated to show 40 games and NBA TV will broadcast 35. Meanwhile, 12 games will be streamed on Twitter and 20 games will be streamed on Oculus from Facebook. The remaining games can be seen on WNBA League Pass.
“Providing significant opportunities to view WNBA games across traditional and streaming platforms drives expanded coverage to our growing fan base,” said WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert. “Our goal is to deliver as many WNBA games and content to our passionate fans and supporters across platforms that best match the evolution of content consumption. Also, we are grateful to Google and ESPN for collaborating on “25 for 25” and we will continue to look for ways to innovate and shape the future landscape of the fan experience.”