WNBA’s 2018 Post Season Coverage Tips Off Tonight On ESPN2

2018 WNBA Playoffs

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The road to the WNBA championship for the 2018 season starts tonight, and the ESPN networks will have extended coverage of the first round.

Coverage of the league’s entire post season tips off at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2 as the Phoenix Mercury plays host to the Dallas Wings.  At 10:30 p.m. ET, another Western Conference matchup will take place as the Los Angeles Sparks will play host to the defending WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx,. That game is also scheduled to air on ESPN2.

Pam Ward will have the call for the early match.  She will be joined by analyst Kara Lawson and reporter LaChina Robinson for additional commentary, news and interviews.  Ryan Ruocco will have the call for the late game.  He will be joined by analyst Rebecca Lobo and reporter Holly Rowe for additional commentary, news and interviews.

Unlike so many other sports’ playoff formats, the WNBA’s playoffs are not set up via conference, so the winners of tonight’s matchups will face the Washington Mystics and the Connecticut Sun respectively on Thursday.  Those games will also air on ESPN2.  An explanation of the WNBA playoff tournament is available here.

ESPN2’s coverage of the Semi-finals tips off August 26 with the Atlanta Dream and Seattle Storm currently awaiting their opponents.  Coverage of the early game is expected to start at 3 p.m. and the late game at 5 p.m.

The remainder of the WNBA post season’s coverage on the ESPN networks will be announced as each game is completed.  More information on the ESPN networks’ coverage of the WNBA 2018 post season is available online now at:

 

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ESPN Announces 2017 WNBA Season Broadcast Schedule

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The 2016 – ’17 NBA season is winding down as the playoffs are in full swing, but for those wanting their basketball fix even after the season ends, ESPN and its networks have the answer.

The WNBA’s 2017 season officially tips off May 13 at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN.  Ryan Ruocco will have the call for the game.  He will be joined by analyst Rebecca Lobo for additional commentary. Reporter Holly Rowe will be courtside for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

The team of Ruocco, Rowe and Lobo won’t be the only well-known names scheduled to appear on espnW throughout its WNBA 2017 season broadcast schedule.  Pam Ward and LaChina Robinson will both appear on select games, too.  Prim Siripipat will serve as a studio analyst for the network’s broadcast schedule this season.

The worldwide leader in sports will carry coverage of 16 WNBA games this season beginning with the season opener between the Los Angeles Sparks and Seattle Storm.  Along with its 16-game broadcast schedule for the league’s regular season, ESPN’s networks will also carry full coverage of the league’s postseason.

This season’s broadcast schedule includes two matchups between the Sparks and Lynx (July 6 and Aug. 27), three games featuring the Storm and three featuring the Washington Mystics.  The New York Liberty and Dallas Wings each have three games on the network’s schedule, too.  ABC, which is also part of the ESPN family of networks, will carry full coverage of the 2017 WNBA All Star game Saturday, July 22 at 3:30 p.m. ET.  espnW’s full broadcast schedule for the 2017 WNBA season is noted below.

Date                  Time (ET)                                   Game                                   Network

Sat, May 13       5 p.m.            Seattle Storm at Los Angeles Sparks            ESPN

Thu, May 18      7 p.m.             Minnesota Lynx at New York Liberty            ESPN2

Tue, May 23      8 p.m.             Connecticut Sun at Minnesota Lynx             ESPN2

Tue, May 30      7 p.m.           Los Angeles Sparks at New York Liberty      ESPN2

Tue, Jun 6        8 p.m.             Washington Mystics at Dallas Wings            ESPN2

Tue, Jun 13      10 p.m.            Dallas Wings at Los Angeles Sparks           ESPN2

Fri, Jun 23        8 p.m.            Washington Mystics at Minnesota Lynx        ESPN2

Thu, Jun 29      8 p.m.              Seattle Storm at Connecticut Sun                ESPN2

Thu, Jul 6         8 p.m.             Los Angeles Sparks at Minnesota Lynx        ESPN2

Tue, Jul 18       9 p.m.                  Chicago Sky at Seattle Storm                    ESPN2

Sat, Jul 22       3:30 p.m.                WNBA All-Star Game 2017                        ABC

Tue, Jul 25       8 p.m.               New York Liberty at Minnesota Lynx            ESPN2

Thu, Aug 3      8 p.m.                 Atlanta Dream at Minnesota Lynx                ESPN2

Thu, Aug 10    8 p.m.                 Phoenix Mercury at Dallas Wings                ESPN2

Wed, Aug 16   7 p.m.         Los Angeles Sparks at Washington Mystics      ESPN2

Thu, Aug 24    9 p.m.            Los Angeles Sparks at Phoenix Mercury         ESPN2

Sun, Aug 27    7 p.m.            Minnesota Lynx at Los Angeles Sparks           ESPN2

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Lynx Look To Stay Perfect Tonight On ESPN2 Against New York Liberty

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The 2016 NBA Finals is all the talk right now around the sports world.  It isn’t the only basketball news to talk about today, though.  That is because the WNBA just recently tipped off its 2016 season.  And ESPN2 has one of the league’s big matchups tonight.

The Minnesota Lynx currently sit at 5 – 0 so far on the season.  Early in the season the team is in a very tight battle with the Los Angeles Sparks (also at 5 – 0 on the season) for the top spot not just in the West but in the league. Tonight, on ESPN2 the Lynx (3- 0 so far in the conference to L.A.’s 1 – 0 conference record) will look to keep that battle close as it faces off against the New York Liberty in New York.  Coverage of the game is currently scheduled to begin at 8pm ET on ESPN2.  Pam Ward will have the call for tonight’s game.  She will be joined by analyst Carolyn Peck for additional commentary.  Reporter LaChina Robinson will be courtside with additional news and interviews throughout the game.

Along with her duties tonight, Robinson will also host Around The Rim, ESPN Audio’s women’s basketball podcast throughout the season.  In the latest edition of Around The Rim, Robinson is joined by 2005 WNBA Champion Ticha Penicheiro and Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame coach Lin Dunn to discuss now former Indiana fever head coach Stephanie White. White left the team to take on a coaching position at Vanderbilt at the end of the 2015 – 2016 college basketball season.  They also discuss the troubles facing the Phoenix Mercury, the Sparks’ current win streak, and much more.  Audiences can hear it all online now at http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=15596514.  More information on ESPN’s WNBA coverage is available online now at:

 

 

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ESPN2 To Air 2014 WNBA Draft Live April 14th

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ESPN2 will present the 2014WNBA Draft Presented by State Farm Live next Monday, April 14th, 2014.

Monday’s WNBA Draft will be held at the Mohegan Sun Arena , home of the Connecticut Sun. Round will be broadcast live at 8pm ET on ESPN2. The second and third rounds of the WNBA Draft Presented by State Farm will be broadcast online via ESPN3 from 9 – 10:30pm ET. Kevin Negandhi will anchor ESPN2’s coverage of the draft. Analysts Rebecca Lobo and Carolyn Peck will join him to add their own insight on the draft, as will reporter Holly Rowe.

Additional content will be offered across the ESPN platforms including SportsCenter and espnW.com.

The Connecticut Sun will have the top pick in the draft for the second consecutive year. The Sun will have a big crop of players from which to choose this year as top picks Chelsea Gray (Duke), Bria Hartley (Connecticut), Kayla McBride (Notre Dame), Shoni Schimmel (Louisville), Meighan Simmons (Tennessee) and Odyssey Sims (Baylor) have all been named as top picks in this year’s draft. Also named among the most talked about names in this year’s draft are forwards Natalie Achonwa (Notre Dame), Natasha Howard (Florida State), Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford), Alyssa Thomas (Maryland), and centers Stefanie Dolson (Connecticut) and Markeisha Gatling (NC State). The draft order in the WNBA Draft is chosen through the WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm.

Tulsa holds the second pick in this year’s WNBA Draft, followed by the San Antonio Stars, New York Liberty, and Indiana Fever.

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ESPN Announces Details For Annual Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

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ESPN has officially announced that it will broadcast the 2014 edition of the Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.

The annual celebrity basketball game is scheduled to be broadcast February 14th at 7pm ET.  It will be broadcast live from the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.  This year’s broadcast marks the tenth anniversary of ESPN’s broadcast of the game. Fans can also catch the game online via WatchESPN. Veteran play-by-play man Mark Jones will have the call.  He will be joined by analyst Jon Barry and reporters Stuart Scott and Chris Broussard.

This year’s broadcast marks the first time that ESPN NBA Countdown analysts Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons will serve as coaches for the celebrity game.  Mike & Mike hosts Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg will play in the celebrity matchup for the first time ever, too.  And before the game, Mike and Mike will host their show live on-site from the Hyatt Regency hotel in New Orleans.  Fellow ESPN personalities including SportsCenter anchor Stan Verrett and three-time NBA Champion and ESPN NBA analyst Bruce Bowen will also be part of the game.

This year’s Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game is part of the NBA All-Star Jam Session.  It will feature stars from across the sports and entertainment world.  Two-time MVP Kevin Hart and America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon will take part in this year’s game.  They will be joined by a number of other celebrities including: Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), Columbus Short (Scandal), Michael B. Jordan (That Awkward Moment), Erin Heatherton (Victoria’s Secret model, philanthropist, actress), U.S Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, E! News anchor Terrence Jenkins, Kristin Ledlow (Co-host of NBA TV’s NBA Inside Stuff), and WNBA stars Skylar Diggins (Tulsa Shock) and Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky).  More information on this year’s Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game is available online at http://www.nba.com/news/as.celebrity.game/2014-celebrity-game-event-page/index.html.  More information on all of ESPN’s NBA coverage is available online at http://www.facebook.com/NBAonESPN and http://espn.com/nba.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Nine For IX Series Continues July 30th With “Swoopes”

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espnW and ESPN Films’  Nine for IX  series continues this coming Tuesday, July 30thSwoopes, will debut Tuesday night.  The film, which centers on women’s basketball star Sheryl Swoopes, was directed be ESPN’s own Hannah Storm.  It follows Swoopes’ career from college athlete to coach at Loyola University.  It also focuses on one of her most pivotal choices – the decision in 2005 to publicly come out as being gay.

Swoopes was considered to be as good as NBA legend Michael Jordan during her time on the hardwood.  She won a national title at Texas Tech, three Olympic Gold medals, three MVP awards, and three consecutive WNBA Championships with the Houston Comets.  She was also one of the pioneering players that helped to establish the WNBA.  As if these accolades weren’t enough, She also had a Nike shoe named after her, the Air Swoopes.  Her off-court life wasn’t as successful.  After giving birth to her son, Gavin, during the WNBA’s first season, Swoopes would later divorce her high school sweetheart before coming out publicly in 2005.

Through all of her issues with relationships, finances, and her personality, Swoopes never gave up.  Viewers will see in this profile of Swoopes, how she overcame it all.  Swoopes will air Tuesday, July 30th at 8pm ET on ESPN.  The schedule for the remaining four movies in the Nine for IX  series  is listed below.

August 6: The Diplomat

August 13: Runner

August 20: The 99ers

August 27: Branded

Each film will be available online the day after its broadcast via iTunes and Amazon.  A special DVD gift set containing each film in the Nine for IX series will be available October 15th, 2013.

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James, Williams, Heat Lead The Night At Annual ESPYs Awards

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Another year, another big night for the ESPYS.  LeBron James and his team mates with the Miami heat were some of the big winners at ESPN’s annual sports awards show.  Also on the list of the year’s big winners were Serena Williams and Michael Phelps.  James led the pack with three ESPY awards.  And his team mates took home the award in the “Best Team” category for the second consecutive year.  James’ awards were in the categories of: “Best Championship Performance”, “Best NBA Player”, and “Best Male Athlete.”  Just as his team mates won their award for the second consecutive year, so did James take home the same awards personally for the second consecutive year, too.  Last night’s win brings James’ ESPY total to nine awards over the course of his career. 

Serena Williams took home two awards on the night.  She won in the categories of “Best Female Athlete” and “Best Best Female Tennis Player.”

Game Six of the NBA Championship finals won the award in the “Best Game” category.  It was in that game that Ray Allen forced the game into overtime with a game-tying three-pointer with 5.2 seconds left in the game.  The Heat went on to win the game and the 2013 NBA Championship.

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick might not have won the big game this year.  But he did win at the ESPYs.  He took home the award in the “Best Breakout Athlete.”  Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby won in the category of “Best NHL Player.”  The award comes on the heels of a season that saw Crosby score fifteen goals and forty-one assists over the course of the regular season.  And from the world of Major League Baseball, Detroit Tigers player and triple crown winner Miguel Cabrera brought home the award for “Best MLB Player.”  Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps won the award for “Best Record-Breaking Performance.”  He won the award for his record setting the all-time record for most Olympic Medals at a total of twenty-two medals.  He also won this award in 2009. 

In one of the night’s more emotional moments, Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts took home the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.  Roberts, who also played a direct hand in the new ESPN/espnW film series, Nine for IX, was one of ESPN’s first female sports anchors in the 1990s.  Roberts has faced both cancer and MDS yet never wavered in her fight against either life-threatening illness.  The award was presented to Roberts by LeBron James. 

Another of the night’s more emotional moments came in the presentation of the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.  The award was given to the father and son team of Dick and Rick Hoyt.  The pair has competed together in over one thousand endurance events including thirty-one Boston Marathons.  The younger of the duo, Rick Hoyt, is 51-years old.  He was born with cerebral palsy.  The condition left him unable to use his hands and legs.  His father, 73-year old Dick Hoyt, pushes his son in a custom-made running chair during races including 5Ks, 10Ks, marathons and triathlons.  The award was given to the duo by actor Ben Affleck. 

Among some of the nights other notable winners were:  Rick Pitino (Best Coach/Manager), Candace Parker (Best WNBA Player), Floyd Mayweather (Best Fighter), Missy Franklin (Best Female Olympian), Usain Bolt (Best International Athlete) and Thierry Henry (Best MLS Player).  A full list of the night’s winners is available below.

SPECIAL AWARDS

 

ARTHUR ASHE COURAGE AWARD: Robin Roberts

JIMMY V AWARD FOR PERSEVERANCE: Dick and Rick Hoyt

 

BEST IN SPORT

 

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE: Serena Williams

BEST MALE ATHLETE: LeBron James

BEST FEMALE OLYMPIAN: Missy Franklin

BEST MALE OLYMPIAN: Michael Phelps

BEST MOMENT: Jack Hoffman TD at Nebraska spring game

BEST TEAM: Miami Heat

BEST COMEBACK: Adrian Peterson

BEST COACH/MANAGER: Rick Pitino

BEST GAME: Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs, Game 6 NBA Finals

BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE: LeBron James, NBA Finals

BEST PLAY:

BEST UPSET: 15-Seed Florida Gulf Coast over 2-Seed Georgetown

BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE: Colin Kaepernick

BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE: Michael Phelps 22 Olympic medals

BEST MALE COLLEGE ATHLETE: Johnny Manziel

BEST FEMALE COLLEGE ATHLETE: Brittney Griner

BEST MALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY: Jeremy Campbell

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY: Jessica Long

 

INDIVIDUAL SPORTS

 

BEST MLB PLAYER: Miguel Cabrera

BEST NBA PLAYER: LeBron James

BEST WNBA PLAYER: Candace Parker

BEST NFL PLAYER: Adrian Peterson

BEST NHL PLAYER: Sidney Crosby

BEST MLS PLAYER: Thierry Henry

BEST MALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE: Nyjah Huston

BEST FEMALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE: Stephanie Gilmore

BEST BOWLER: Pete Weber

BEST DRIVER: Ryan Hunter-Reay

BEST FIGHTER: Floyd Mayweather

BEST MALE GOLFER: Tiger Woods

BEST FEMALE GOLFER: Stacey Lewis

BEST INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE: Usain Bolt

BEST JOCKEY: Joel Rosario

BEST MALE TENNIS PLAYER: Novak Djokovic

BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER: Serena Williams

 

SPONSORED AWARD

 

CAPITAL ONE CUP: North Carolina Women’s Athletics and UCLA Men’s Athletics

 

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