NEW YORK, Sept. 10 -- WNBA Finals 2003 will be televised to 183 countries and 26 languages around the globe. Game 1 coverage tips off on ESPN2 on Friday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. ET as Lisa Leslie and the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Sparks face Swin Cash and the Detroit Shock.

WNBA Finals 2003 will be broadcast live in the U.S. on ABC and ESPN2.

For the first time ever, Game 2 of the WNBA Finals, tipping off Sunday, Sept. 14 at 4 p.m. ET on ABC will be seen on ABC's Jumbotron in Times Square, one of New York City's most visited tourist attractions.

This year's broadcast of the WNBA Finals will reach a record number of countries and will be televised in the most languages ever, including Thai, Flemish, Catalan, Creole and Mandarin. Among the 52 telecasters who will be broadcasting the game, the following seven will do so for the first time: Alpha (Macedonia), PTA (Armenia), TVM (Mozambique), Imedi TV (Georgia), Solar Sports (Philippines), Deportes 13 (Puerto Rico) and NTV (Turkey).

The WNBA features 28 international WNBA players from 19 different countries and territories on team rosters this season. Among the international players participating in this year's finals are: Los Angeles Sparks forward Mwadi Mabika of Congo and Detroit Shock forward Astou Ndiaye-Diatta of Senegal.

During WNBA Finals, more than 550,000 fans will log onto WNBA.com, where they can join in live global cybercasts with fans and basketball personalities, view exclusive video highlights through WNBA Broadband Season Pass, and access interactive photo gallery slide shows.