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WNBA sets the stage for 25th season with Google, TV partnerships

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The WNBA’s 25th season promises to be a big one. 

Along with the plethora of talent that will be featured throughout the league, the WNBA has now announced that their broadcast and streaming schedule will feature 100 national broadcasts during the regular season.

A link to the full 2021 schedule can be found here.

Google, recently announced to be a “WNBA Changemaker” and now one of the league’s premier supporters, will be partnering with ESPN and the WNBA to present “25 for 25,” a 25-game schedule of telecasts across ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 in celebration of the league’s 25th season. The slate will include three games on ESPN, 12 on ESPN2 and an all-time high nine regular season games on ABC. 

The partnership with Google will also include other content on ESPN, including upcoming ESPN films projects and a new weekly montage on ESPN’s SportsCenter that will cover the best women’s sports highlights each week.

Other highlights include CBS Sports extending their partnership with the WNBA to include 40 regular season games per season. The deal is a multi-year extension on their partnership that began in 2019. 

Twitter will also offer a 12-game slate on #WNBATwitterLive in the fifth year of their partnership with the WNBA. Facebook, meanwhile, in the second year of their partnership with the WNBA, will present 20 games available through both Facebook Watch and Oculus. 

Fans can also watch over 110 games through the WNBA League Pass. 

“Providing significant opportunities to view WNBA games across traditional and streaming platforms drives expanded coverage to our growing fan base,” said WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert in a press release.  “Our goal is to deliver as many WNBA games and content to our passionate fans and supporters across platforms that best match the evolution of content consumption. Also, we are grateful to Google and ESPN for collaborating on ’25 for 25′ and we will continue to look for ways to innovate and shape the future landscape of the fan experience.”

The WNBA’s 25th regular season tips off Friday, May 14 and continues through the weekend with all 12 teams in action.