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Season Opens with Memorial Day Doubleheader; Plus WNBA All-Star Game on ABC
ESPN2 and ABC will combine to present 14 regular-season WNBA games, plus the return of the WNBA All-Star Game from Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. The 2013 schedule opens with a brand-new ESPN2 Memorial Day doubleheader featuring the WNBA Draft’s top four picks on Monday, May 27 when the Washington Mystics meet the Tulsa Shock at 3 p.m. ET, followed by Chicago Sky at the Phoenix Mercury at 5 p.m. The unveiling of the games coincides with the first-ever prime-time telecast of the WNBA Draft Presented by State Farm to be held at ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., headquarters on Monday, April 15, beginning at 8 p.m.
ESPN will continue to enhance its production and commitment to the sport through access to WNBA teams, players and coaches, including in-depth interviews and in-game elements such as microphones on players, coaches and referees.
espnW.com will take an in-depth look at the transition from college to the WNBA of ESPN’s season-long campaign focusing on the “3 to See” of Elena Delle Donne (Delaware), Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame) and Brittney Griner (Baylor). espnW.com will also further the network’s dedication with exclusive on-line content. The all-encompassing site will engage fans with storytelling and distinctive elements, continuing the momentum as the home of women’s sports.
ESPN2 will showcase the majority of the 2013 WNBA postseason. The WNBA Finals begin on Sunday, Oct. 6 for a best-of-five series.
The WNBA and ESPN have been affiliated for 17 years, dating back to the league’s inaugural season in 1997, and recently extended the relationship six years through the 2022 season.
2013 WNBA Regular-Season Schedule (subject to change)
|Mon, May 27||3 p.m.||Washington Mystics at Tulsa Shock||ESPN2|
|5 p.m.||Chicago Sky at Phoenix Mercury||ESPN2|
|Sat, June 8||3:30 p.m.||Phoenix Mercury at Indiana Fever||ABC|
|Wed, June 12||8 p.m.||Connecticut Sun at Indiana Fever||ESPN2|
|Tue, June 25||8 p.m.||Phoenix Sun at San Antonio Silver Stars||ESPN2|
|Tue, July 2||8 p.m.||Tulsa Shock at Connecticut Sun||ESPN2|
|Tue, July 9||9 p.m.||Atlanta Dream at Minnesota Lynx||ESPN2|
|Thu, July 11||9 p.m.||Los Angeles Sparks at Tulsa Shock||ESPN2|
|Thu, July 18||10 p.m.||Phoenix Mercury at Los Angeles Sparks||ESPN2|
|Tue, July 23||7 p.m.||New York Liberty at Indiana Fever||ESPN2|
|Sat, July 27||3:30 p.m.||WNBA All-Star Game
(Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Conn.)
|Tue, Aug 6||10 p.m.||Seattle Storm at Phoenix Mercury||ESPN2|
|Tue, Aug 20||10 p.m.||Los Angeles Sparks at Seattle Storm||ESPN2|
|Sat, Aug 24||7 p.m.||Indiana Fever at Minnesota Lynx||ESPN2|
|Wed, Sep 11||8 p.m.||Phoenix Mercury at Chicago Sky||ESPN2|