NEW YORK, July 10, 2002 -- The WNBA 2002 All-Star Game, which will showcase the most talented female basketball players in the world, will be televised in 178 countries around the globe in 24 different languages. The fourth annual WNBA All-Star Game will take place at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. on Monday, July 15, and will be broadcast live in the U.S. on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. ET.

This year's broadcast of the WNBA All-Star Game will reach a record number of countries and will be televised in the most languages ever. Among the telecasters who will be broadcasting the game for the first time, are: TV7 (Russia), Channel 13 (Costa Rica), Canal+ Flanders (Belgium), and Solar USA (Philippines).

"With basketball being one of the fastest growing sports among girls today and participation continuing to rise, we've seen an increased demand from international broadcasters to televise WNBA action," said Heidi Ueberroth, Executive Vice President of Global Media Properties and Marketing Partnerships for the NBA. "We are pleased to televise the WNBA All-Star Game to fans around the world."

The WNBA features 44 international WNBA players from 23 different countries and territories on team rosters this season. Among the international players on this year's WNBA All-Star rosters, are: the Seattle Storm's Lauren Jackson (Australia), the Cleveland Rockers' Penny Taylor (Australia), the Charlotte Sting's Tammy Sutton-Brown (Canada), the Sacramento Monarchs' Ticha Penicheiro (Portugal), and the L.A. Sparks' Mwadi Mabika (the Congo).