Aly and AJ to Perform in New York at NBA Store for Celebration of WNBA’S Historic 10th Anniversary Season
--Performance to Tip-Off WNBA Festivities at NBA Store on Thursday, May 18 at 4 p.m. ET.--
--WNBA Legends and Players on Hand to Meet and Greet Fans and Local Youth Groups--
NEW YORK, NY (Monday, May 15, 2006) Disneys rising pop stars Aly & AJ are teaming up with the WNBA for a free, live performance at the worlds only NBA Store on Fifth Avenue and 52nd Street in New York on Thursday, May 18 at 4:00 p.m. ET. The performance will celebrate the WNBAs historic milestone as the longest running and most successful womens professional team sports league in U.S. history. The leagues 10th season tips off on Saturday, May 20 with games airing nationwide on ABC and NBA TV. ESPN2s WNBA Tuesdays coverage begins on Tuesday, May 23, with the first of five regular season doubleheaders.
Aly & AJ will perform songs from their first gold album entitled Into The Rush, including their hit single Rush which appears in the WNBAs new brand campaign Have You Seen her? The campaign, produced by NBA Entertainment, features :30 and :60-second spots that underscore the depth and breadth of the WNBA athletes who play this game multi-faceted role models, believers, dreamers, achievers, students, teachers, leaders, and champions. The spots can be seen on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, NBA TV, and AZN Television, as well as in English speaking markets worldwide.
In addition to the performance, NBA TVs Andre Aldridge and ESPNs Linda Cohn will lead a panel of WNBA Legends and players including Teresa Weatherspoon, Sue Wicks, Kym Hampton, Teresa Edwards and Alana Beard in a discussion regarding the overall growth of womens basketball and its impact in the world of sports. The discussion will air live on NBA TV.
The league also announced that tickets for the 2006 WNBA All-Star Game will go on-sale the morning of May 18 and fans will be able to purchase tickets at the NBA Store at this event. The 2006 WNBA All-Star Game, featuring the worlds best women basketball players, will be played at Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Liberty, on Wednesday, July 12 with tip-off set for 7:30 p.m. ET live on ESPN. With tickets starting at $10, fans can enjoy the unique experience of seeing the WNBAs superstars together in the leagues premier event in The Worlds Most Famous Arena. Tickets also may be purchased via Ticketmaster.com, at Ticketmaster Retail Locations, or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-877-WNBA-TIX. Tickets will also be available for purchase at Madison Square Gardens Box Office, through WNBA.com and at the NBA Store in New York.
Celebrating their first gold album with over 800,000 units sold, the aptly entitled "Into The Rush" has propelled Aly & AJ to the top of the music charts at an astonishingly rapid pace. The single, "Rush," immediately became one of the most added songs at Top 40 radio and the video for "Rush" is a mainstay in power rotation on MTV. Impressively, music is not Aly & AJ's only talent. The sisters are also accomplished actresses, who recently signed a multi-layer deal with Disney, which includes their own pilot on the Disney Channel called: Haversham Hall," and their highly rated made for TV movie "Cow Belles." With so much activity, Aly & AJ are truly a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood.
About the WNBA
The WNBAs 10th anniversary season tips off on Saturday, May 20, 2006 and will include ABCs broadcast of the defending WNBA Champion Sacramento Monarchs as they commemorate their 2005 WNBA title by raising the championship banner prior to squaring off against All-Star guard Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury at ARCO Arena beginning at 4 p.m. EDT. The leagues 10th season also will feature appointment viewing on Tuesday nights as ESPN2 will televise 14 WNBA games including five doubleheaders on Tuesdays this spring/summer. For more information on the WNBA, visit WNBA.com.