WNBA Unveils Regular Season Schedule Featuring WNBA Tip-Off 2013 Presented by Boost Mobile
2012 WNBA Champion Indiana Fever Begins Title Defense in San Antonio May 24
WNBA Tip-Off 2013 presented by Boost Mobile Includes National Telecasts
Featuring Debuts of Highly Anticipated Rookie Class
NEW YORK, Feb. 6, 2013 The defending WNBA champion Indiana Fever tips off the leagues 17th season as part of WNBA Tip-Off 2013 presented by Boost Mobile on Friday, May 24, when 2012 WNBA Finals MVP Tamika Catchings leads the Fever into San Antonio to face the Silver Stars.
WNBA Tip-Off 2013 presented by Boost Mobile will feature a total of six games including a nationally televised doubleheader on ESPN2 on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, featuring the Washington Mystics at the Tulsa Shock (3 p.m. ET) followed by the Chicago Sky at the Phoenix Mercury (5 p.m. ET). The Memorial Day games are likely to include the debuts of the top four picks from the highly anticipated 2013 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm, widely considered to be one of the deepest draft classes ever.
Theres lots of excitement heading into the 2013 season. Fueled by the anticipated draft class, ESPN has decided to move the telecast of the WNBA Draft presented by State Farm into a primetime window on April 15th and to tip off our broadcast season with a doubleheader on Memorial Day, said Laurel J Richie, WNBA President. Needless to say, we think this is a wonderful way to start the season.
Also highlighting the national television schedule will be Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2013, when ABC showcases the best womens basketball players in the world Saturday, July 27. Tip off at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., is set for 3:30 p.m. ET.
ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and NBA TV will feature over 80 contests, including postseason games, and showcase the leagues most talented players and competitive rivalries.
ESPN2 will air 13 regular-season games throughout the season and cap it off with extensive coverage of the WNBA Playoffs presented by Boost Mobile. All games will be available in high definition and telecasts on ESPN and ESPN2 will also be available on WatchESPN. In addition, WNBA LiveAccess provides online and mobile viewing of live and archived WNBA games all season long.
The 2013 WNBA season marks the fifth year of the leagues eight-year deal that allows ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 to televise games. The agreement extends the leagues relationship with ESPN, which commenced in 1997, to 20 years.
NBA TV will broadcast more than 40 games throughout the regular season and provide additional post-season coverage. The NBA TV schedule will be announced at a later date.
Other key television match-ups during the 2013 WNBA regular season will put MVPs, All-Stars, and key rookies front and center:
Following the Memorial Day telecasts, ABC and ESPN2 will telecast a pair of matchups featuring the last three WNBA Most Valuable Players 2009 MVP Diana Taurasi and the Mercury will visit 2011 MVP Catchings and the Fever June 8 (ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET); and the Connecticut Sun, led by last years MVP, Tina Charles, will tip off against the Fever at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on June 12 (ESPN2, 8 p.m. ET).
ESPN2 will feature a rematch of the 2011 WNBA Finals presented Boost Mobile when the Atlanta Dream, led by All-Star Angel McCoughtry, visits the All-Star laden Minnesota Lynx, led by Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus, and Lindsay Whalen on July 9 (9 p.m. ET).
The Shock hosts the Sparks in a nationally televised clash of Western Conference foes on ESPN2 July 11 (9 p.m. ET). An improving Tulsa team won its final two meetings with playoff-bound Los Angeles last year.
Each of the final seven ESPN2 telecasts will feature former league MVPs, with a pair of MVPs going head-to-head July 18 at 10 p.m. ET when Phoenix (Taurasi, 2009) visits Los Angeles (Candace Parker, 2009).
The defending Western Conference champion Lynx will try to exact a measure of revenge against the Fever when it hosts Indiana Aug. 24 (ESPN2, 7:00 p.m. ET).
The 2013 WNBA regular season runs from Friday, May 24, to Sunday, Sept. 15.