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What is the Commissioner’s Cup?

The Commissioner’s Cup presented by Coinbase is an annual in-season competition, which features 61 games this year, with a prize pool of $500,000 in the Championship Game for the players and at least $165,000 in charitable donations throughout this year’s series. Over the course of the season, the two teams with the highest winning percentage in Commissioner’s Cup play will face off in a Championship Game. New this year, the Championship Game will take place at the home venue of the team with the highest winning percentage in Commissioner’s Cup play.

What’s new about the Commissioner’s Cup this season?

This year, the Commissioner’s Cup presented by Coinbase will feature a new platform through which teams will provide funding to local nonprofits, and the league and teams have collaborated to select organizations in each market focused on civic engagement. The WNBA will donate $2,000 to the chosen organization of each cup game’s winning team and an additional $500 to the losing team’s organization. To spotlight the Championship Game for the Commissioner’s Cup presented by Coinbase, the league will donate $10,000 to the winning team’s chosen organization and $5,000 to the organization of the runner-up. The accumulating donation dollars will be presented to each organization at the conclusion of the Commissioner’s Cup presented by Coinbase. Additionally, as previously stated, the home team will be decided by the team with the highest winning percentage in Commissioner’s Cup play.

How will tie-breakers be decided?

If there is a tie in winning percentage after Commissioner’s Cup games, cross-conference tiebreaker scenarios will be used to determine the host team:
First Tiebreaker – Head-to-head record (if the teams have played each other)
Second Tiebreaker – Highest winning percentage in all regular-season games at the end of games on Thursday, July 7
Third Tiebreaker – Cumulative point differential (in Cup games), net result of total points scored minus total points allowed.
Fourth Tiebreaker – Coin flip

Where can I watch Commissioner’s Cup games?

Commissioner’s Cup games will be shown by six partners of the WNBA’s media partners – Prime Video, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2/ESPN3, CBS Television Network/CBS Sports Network, NBA TV, Facebook, and Twitter – which will combine to present all 61 Commissioner’s Cup presented by Coinbase games, including the championship game, which will once again be streamed by Prime Video on Tuesday, July 26

How will the charitable donations system work?

Donations to 12 charitable and civic organizations, designated by each of the league’s 12 teams, will benefit from this year’s series. These organizations include:
o Atlanta Dream: The King Center
o Chicago Sky: My Block. My Hood. My City.
o Connecticut Sun: League of Women Voters of Connecticut
o Dallas Wings: This Is Project Texas
o Indiana Fever: Indiana Black Expo
o Las Vegas Aces: ACLU of Nevada
o Los Angeles Sparks: Human Rights Campaign
o Minnesota Lynx: ACLU of Minnesota
o New York Liberty: A Little Piece of Light
o Phoenix Mercury: Black Mothers Forum
o Seattle Storm: ACLU of Washington
o Washington Mystics: Alliance for Youth Action

To learn more about each team’s Commissioner’s Cup community organization or interested in donating click here (insert link).

Who won the 2021 Commissioner’s Cup?

2021: The Seattle Storm defeated the Connecticut Sun, 79-57, in the Championship Game of the inaugural Commissioner’s Cup, which took place at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Ariz., on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021.

How does the prize pool work?

Players will be competing for a prize pool of $500,000 in the Championship Game. Members of the winning team will be able to earn in excess of $30,000 per player. Competitors on the runner-up team will have the opportunity to earn $10,000 per player. An additional $5,000 will be awarded to the MVP of the Championship Game. At least $165,000 in donations will be made to charitable and civic organizations during this year’s series.

Where else can I follow along the journey?

With an all-new WNBA League Pass interface, a unique category titled “Road to the Cup” will feature past games, highlights, and interviews related to Commissioner’s Cup play exclusively on the WNBA League Pass app.