- ESPN to Televise Performances -

NEW YORK, July 7, 2006 - Tony Award ® winner and two time Grammy ® Award nominee, Heather Headley will sing the U.S. national anthem at the WNBA All-Star Game from Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, July 12. Prior to the national anthem, Disney’s rising pop stars and sisters

Aly & AJ will perform their hit single "Rush" from their first gold album entitled, "Into the Rush" to introduce the WNBA All-Star squads from the Eastern and Western conference. ESPN will televise both performances beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

Headley rose to prominence on Broadway with her star-making performance as Nala in the acclaimed musical "The Lion King." She later garnered a Tony for her marquee role in the Elton John/Tim Rice show "Aida." Earlier this year the multi-talented performer released her second album "In My Mind" which debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200 and was certified gold last month.

"Rush" has been prominent in the WNBA’s 10th Anniversary brand campaign "Have you Seen her?" produced by NBA Entertainment and features :30 and :60-second spots that underscore the depth and breadth of the WNBA athletes who play this game.

With tickets starting at $10, fans can enjoy the unique experience of seeing the WNBA’s superstars together in one place at Madison Square Garden. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster.com, at Ticketmaster Retail Locations, or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-877-WNBA-TIX. Tickets are also available for purchase at Madison Square Garden’s Box Office, through WNBA.com and at the NBA Store in New York.

The WNBA All-Stars will be extremely visible in New York during the All-Star break as the league will host a number of on and off-court activities, including community initiatives and interactive events that are open to the public FREE of charge. Foremost among those will be the 2006 WNBA All-Star Summer Jam, the league’s free interactive basketball festival, and the WNBA All-Star Legacy project, which serves as the centerpiece of the WNBA’s community outreach efforts in the All-Star host city and leaves a lasting and positive impression for the community.

About the WNBA

Featuring 14 teams and the greatest female basketball players from around the world, the WNBA is the longest-running and most successful women’s professional team sports league in U.S. history. The league’s historic 10th Anniversary season, which tipped off on Saturday, May 20, features significant interactivity with fans who will play a key role in selecting the league’s All-Decade Team, the WNBA’s Greatest Moments and the starters for the 2006 WNBA All-Star Game set to take place on July 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City (live on ESPN at 7:30 ET). The WNBA’s "10 Years of Caring" initiative, which tipped off during the week of May 8, is another way in which the league is celebrating its milestone season. The "10 Years of Caring" platform, which underscores the continued commitment of WNBA teams and players to the communities in which they live and play, will see all 14 teams active in their respective markets, engaging with fans in a variety of programs throughout the year.

The WNBA’s 10th Anniversary season includes appointment viewing on Tuesday nights as ESPN2 will televise 14 WNBA games – including five doubleheaders – on Tuesdays this spring/summer. WNBA games and programming also will be shown in 198 countries via 79 telecasters in 34 languages this season.