WNBA’s full national broadcast schedule features 30 Sky games

One game noticeably missing from the national broadcast schedule is the Sky’s matchup May 24 against the Fever. That’s the night of the Sky’s ring ceremony, an event that’s traditionally broadcast nationally in the NBA.

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The WNBA champion Sky will be featured in 30 national broadcasts this season.

The WNBA champion Sky will be featured in 30 national broadcasts this season.

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The WNBA released its full broadcast schedule for the upcoming season, and it includes 148 national broadcasts in the -regular season, a 48-game increase from last year.

Last month, the league announced its broadcast schedule for ABC and ESPN, which includes 25 nationally broadcast games. It’s adding 123 games across CBS and CBS Sports Network (40), NBA TV (46), Amazon Prime Video (17) and Facebook Watch (20).

In addition to those 148 broadcasts, Google and the Disney networks (ABC and ESPN) will work together to broadcast every game of the league’s newly formatted postseason, which at most could be a record-high 27 games. The regular season tips off May 6 and runs through Aug. 14.

The Sky’s season opener May 6 against the Sparks at Wintrust Arena was picked up by NBA TV. But one game noticeably missing from the national broadcast schedule is the Sky’s matchup May 24 against the Fever. That’s the night of the Sky’s ring ceremony, an event that’s traditionally broadcast nationally in the NBA.

The Sky haven’t released their local broadcast schedule, but the May 24 game presumably will be included.

“Our continued goal is to deliver as many WNBA games and as much content to our passionate fans and supporters across platforms that best match the evolution of content consumption,” WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert said. “Providing significant opportunities to view WNBA games across traditional as well as streaming platforms drives additional coverage to our growing fan base.

“From tipoff weekend in May through our expanded postseason in August and September, our broadcast and streaming partners are continuing to offer an enormous national platform for WNBA players and fans. And we’re not done; we will continue to look for innovative and creative ways to shape the future landscape of media consumption and the WNBA fan experience.”

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