Lynx to Webcast Games Live For the First Time

The WNBA today announced the launch of WNBA LiveAccess, a new feature on WNBA.com that will provide fans around the world with free access to more than 200 live game Webcasts - the league's most comprehensive offering - for the 2009 WNBA season. Included in those 200 live broadcasts are 26 Lynx games, 11 home and 15 away, which will be aired live and available to fans through lynxbasketball.com. The additional six home games will be available via FS North, and the Tuesday, June 30 contest at Atlanta will be aired locally on ESPN2, making a total of 33 Lynx regular-season games that will be obtainable to Lynx fans via the internet or television.

For the first time, fans 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 be archived for on-demand viewing.

Overall, the extensive online offering will complement Minnesota's local broadcast coverage, which includes six regular-season games televised by FS North and all 34 regular-season games broadcasted live on radio on BOB 106 FM.

"WNBA LiveAccess allows us to offer our fans the best coverage of Lynx basketball that we've ever been able to provide," said Conrad Smith, Lynx Chief Operating Officer. "With our ability to broadcast games live on the internet, fans can now see 2008 Olympian Seimone Augustus, 2008 Sixth Woman of the Year Candice Wiggins and the rest of our young and talented team 33 times throughout the course of the regular season. With the level of play, the skill and athleticism on our team at an all-time high, this is the perfect time to provide multiple platforms for our loyal fans to experience Lynx basketball."

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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