-- Sacramento Monarchs and Houston Comets Tip Off Network Coverage on Aug. 17 --

-- WNBA Conference Call Scheduled for Aug. 15 at 2:30 p.m. ET --

NEW YORK, August 14, 2006 – NBA TV will televise up to nine 2006 WNBA playoff games, including first-round and conference finals action, starting with the first game of the Western Conference playoffs between the defending WNBA champion Sacramento Monarchs and the four-time champion Houston Comets on Thursday, Aug. 17 at 9 p.m. ET. The following day, the network will broadcast a playoff doubleheader when the defending two-time Eastern Conference champion Connecticut Sun meet the Washington Mystics at 7 p.m. ET followed by the two-time WNBA champion Los Angeles Sparks against the Seattle Storm in a Game 1 Western Conference playoff matchup at 10 p.m. ET.

Prior to tipoff of the WNBA’s 10th postseason, NBA TV Insiders, the network’s basketball news and information show, will preview the playoffs during a special edition on Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. ET. Hosted by Andre Aldridge, NBA TV Insiders will return the next night with a recap of the first day’s action and a preview of the Friday doubleheader at 6:30 p.m. ET.

NBA TV’s coverage of the WNBA playoffs will compliment up to 14 games on ABC and ESPN2, which will present first round, conference final and finals action, beginning with the first game of the Eastern Conference playoffs between the Detroit Shock and the Indiana Fever on ESPN2 on Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. ET.

In addition to games, NBA TV will provide extensive, all-access coverage throughout the playoffs. Besides NBA TV Insiders previewing each matchup and providing updates on the latest playoff development, NBA TV Daily, the network’s basketball wrap-up show, will showcase highlights after each game day and will air postgame interviews with key players and coaches. NBA TV’s WNBA playoff schedule includes:

Thursday, Aug. 179 p.m. ET Western Conference, Game 1, Sacramento Monarchs at Houston Comets
Friday, Aug. 187 p.m. ETEastern Conference, Game 1, Connecticut Sun at Washington Mystics
Friday, Aug. 1810 p.m. ETWestern Conference, Game 1, Los Angeles Sparks at Seattle Storm
Monday, Aug. 218 p.m. ETEastern Conference, Game 3, Indiana Fever at Detroit Shock*
Monday, Aug. 2110 p.m. ETWestern Conference, Game 3, Houston Comets at Sacramento Monarchs*
Tuesday, Aug. 227 p.m. ETEastern Conference, Game 3, Washington Mystics at Connecticut Sun*
Thursday, Aug. 24TBDEastern Conference Finals, Game 1
Thursday, Aug. 24TBD
Western Conference Finals, Game 1
Sunday, Aug. 27TBDConference Final, Game 3*
* If Necessary  

WNBA Conference Call – Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 2:30 p.m. ET

ESPN2’s WNBA play-by-play announcer Linda Cohn and color analyst Doris Burke will preview the upcoming playoffs on a conference call on Tuesday, Aug. 15. Cohn and Burke will be followed by each of the WNBA playoff contending coaches.