The WNBA on ESPN
refers to the presentation of Women's National Basketball Association
games on the ESPN
family of networks. Under the title of WNBA Tuesday
, games are broadcast throughout the WNBA season on Tuesday nights on ESPN2
In June 2007, the WNBA signed a contract extension with ESPN
. The new television deal runs from 2009 to 2016. A minimum of 18 games will be broadcast on ABC
, and ESPN2
each season. Additionally, a minimum of 11 postseason games will be broadcast on any of the three stations.
Along with this deal, came the first ever rights fees to be paid to a women's professional sports league. Over the eight years of the contract, "millions and millions of dollars" will be "dispersed to the league's teams."
Beginning with the 2009 WNBA season
, all nationally broadcast WNBA games are shown in high definition
Announcers change from year to year, but recent play-by-play personalities have included: Terry Gannon
, Mark Jones
, Dave Pasch
and Pam Ward
. Generally, game broadcasts include a pair of announcers--alongside those providing play-by-play are the color analysts which have included: Doris Burke
, Nancy Lieberman
, Carolyn Peck
, Rebecca Lobo
These broadcasts also commonly include a sideline reporter. Recent sideline reporters have included: Heather Cox
, Holly Rowe
and previously Rebecca Lobo
During halftime of the broadcasts, Cindy......