WNBA.com to Webcast More than 200 Games During 2009 WNBA Season
-- WNBA LiveAccess Makes Live Games Available For the First Time on Team Web Sites --
-- Comprehensive Slate of Webcasts Complements National TV Coverage of up to 29 Games on ESPN2 and ABC --
New York, May 13, 2009 - The WNBA today announced the launch of WNBA LiveAccess, a new feature on WNBA.com that will provide fans with free access to more than 200 live game Webcasts - the league’s most comprehensive offering - throughout the 2009 WNBA season.
For the first time, fans around the world will be able to access live game Webcasts on individual team Web sites. Some blackouts of live games will apply. All of the WNBA LiveAccess games will then be archived for on-demand viewing.
Overall, the extensive online offering will complement the WNBA’s broadcast coverage, which includes live national telecasts of up to 29 regular season and postseason contests on ESPN2 and ABC and another 50 games on NBA TV, as well as games streamed on ESPN360.com.
“This expanded offering of games is in response to the demand from fans who have requested an opportunity to see more of their favorite team's games and more games from around the league,” said WNBA President Donna Orender. “The passion for the WNBA continues to expand around the globe, making it important to connect with our fans in-arena, on television and online. And with the level of play, the skill and athleticism in the WNBA at an all-time high, this is the perfect time to provide multiple platforms for our fans to experience our game.”
During the season, many WNBA teams will utilize TriCaster, a portable live production and virtual set system, to stream select games from their arena, to a worldwide audience. The TriCaster technology used to create the live webcasts has already been proven in the NBA Development League the last two seasons, and provides a quality viewing experience by using existing cameras in each arena.
The WNBA featured the first live video webcast of a game in women’s professional sports history when WNBA.com streamed the Detroit Shock against the Charlotte Sting on May 31, 2003. Previously, the NBA became the first major professional sports league to webcast a live game when NBA.com streamed the Dallas Mavericks against the Sacramento Kings on April 13, 2001.
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