DREAM TIPS OFF 2009 WNBA SEASON JUNE 6
-- Dream To Open 2009 Season At Home Against Indiana Fever --

ATLANTA, December 18, 2008— After a busy week that saw the Dream land the first overall 2009 WNBA draft selection and trade for the rights of WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw, the Dream announced today its 2009 schedule. The Dream will tip off its second season on Saturday, June 6 against the Indiana Fever at Philips Arena, marking the first of 17 home games slated for 2009. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. against the Fever, which is led by WNBA All-Star Tamika Catchings.

The Dream’s 2009 schedule is highlighted by ten weekend home games and includes two home matchups against the defending champion Detroit Shock (June 26 and August 13). In August, the Dream will play seven of ten games at home, including a six-game home stand at Philips Arena. Other notable matchups include a visit from Lisa Leslie, Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday, August 23 and a nationally televised matchup on ESPN2 against the Minnesota Lynx on June 30.

The 2009 WNBA season will mark the first year of a new eight-year deal that allows ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 to televise games through the 2016 season. The agreement, officially announced in July 2007, will see the league receive a rights fee, a first for a U.S. professional women’s team sports league. It also extends the WNBA’s relationship with ESPN, which began with the league’s inaugural season in 1997, to 20 seasons.

2009 ATLANTA DREAM SCHEDULE (All Times EST)

Sat. June 6 vs. Indiana at 7 p.m.
Sun. June 7 at Washington at 4 p.m.
Fri. June 12 at Chicago at 8:30 p.m.
Sun. June 14 at Connecticut at 3 p.m.
Fri. June 19 vs. Washington at 7:30 p.m.
Sun. June 21 vs. New York at 3 p.m.
Tue. June 23 vs. Chicago at 12 p.m.
Fri. June 26 vs. Detroit at 7:30 p.m.
Sat. June 27 at Connecticut at 7 p.m.
Tue. June 30 vs. Minnesota at 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

Fri. July 3 vs. Washington at 7:30 p.m.
Sun. July 5 at Indiana at 6 p.m.
Tue. July 7 vs. Connecticut at 7:30 p.m.
Sat. July 11 at New York at 7:30 p.m.
Wed. July 15 at Minnesota at 1 p.m.
Fri. July 17 at Indiana at 7 p.m.
Sun. July 19 at New York at 4 p.m.
Wed. July 22 at Detroit at 12 p.m.
Thu. July 30 vs. Phoenix at 7:30 p.m.

Sat. Aug. 1 vs. New York at 7 p.m.
Thu. Aug. 6 at San Antonio at 8 p.m.
Sat. Aug. 8 vs. Chicago at 7 p.m.
Thu. Aug. 13 vs. Detroit at 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Aug. 15 vs. Seattle at 7 p.m.
Thu. Aug. 20 vs. San Antonio at 7:30 p.m.
Sun. Aug. 23 vs. Los Angeles at 3 p.m.
Tue. Aug. 25 vs. Sacramento at 7:30 p.m.
Thu. Aug. 27 at Detroit at 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Aug. 29 at Seattle at 10 p.m.

Tue. Sept. 1 at Los Angeles at 10:30 p.m.
Fri. Sept. 4 at Sacramento at 10 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 5 at Phoenix at 10 p.m.
Fri. Sept. 11 vs. Connecticut at 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 12 at Washington at 7 p.m.

The Dream was officially announced as the 14th team in the WNBA on October 17, 2007 and wrapped up its inaugural season of play at Philips Arena this past summer. For more information and to purchase season tickets, fans can call (404) 604-2626 or visit www.AtlantaDream.net.