– ESPN Coverage Starts with League MVP Nneka Ogwumike and Finals MVP Candace Parker 

of Los Angeles Hosting Rookie of the Year Breanna Stewart and Seattle on Opening Day –

– WNBA Tip-Off Presented by Verizon Offers 16 Games over Nine Days –

NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2016 – The WNBA will tip off its 21st season on Saturday, May 13, 2017, with three games, highlighted by the defending WNBA champion Los Angeles Sparks hosting the Seattle Storm at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN.  Los Angeles, led by 2016 WNBA regular-season MVP Nneka Ogwumike and Finals MVP Candace Parker, will receive its championship rings in a pregame ceremony, while Seattle will feature nine-time All-Star selection Sue Bird and reigning WNBA Rookie of the Year Breanna Stewart.

In the other opening-day matchups, the New York Liberty, led by former league MVP Tina Charles, will host the San Antonio Stars, owners of the top pick in WNBA Draft 2017 presented by State Farm (3 p.m. ET); and two-time WNBA scoring leader Angel McCoughtry and the Atlanta Dream will visit All-Stars Chiney Ogwumike and Alex Bentley and the Connecticut Sun (7 p.m. ET).

WNBA Tip-Off 2017 presented by Verizon will consist of 16 games over nine days (May 13-21), showcasing the home opener of every team.

Throughout the 2017 season, ESPN’s family of networks will air up to 29 games, including every game of the WNBA Playoffs and WNBA Finals presented by Verizon.  All ESPN telecasts will also be streamed live on WatchESPN and the ESPN app.  NBA TV will televise more than 40 games during the regular season.  The network’s schedule will be announced at a later date.

Defending champion Los Angeles will appear on four ESPN/ESPN2 telecasts, while Stewart and the Storm as well as the three-time champion Minnesota Lynx will make three appearances each.  The Chicago Sky and Phoenix Mercury will appear twice each.

The 2017 WNBA regular season runs from Saturday, May 13 through Sunday, Sept. 3.  A complete game-by-game list is available at  The ESPN/ESPN2 game telecast schedule is below:


Day Date Visitor Home Local Time Eastern Time Network

Sat. May 13, 2017 Seattle Los Angeles 2:00 PM 5:00 PM ESPN

Thur. May 18, 2017 Minnesota New York 7:00 PM 7:00 PM ESPN2

Tues. June 6, 2017 Chicago Los Angeles 7:00 PM 10:00 PM ESPN2

Thur. June 29, 2017 Seattle Connecticut 8:00 PM 8:00 PM ESPN2

Thur. July 6, 2017 Los Angeles Minnesota 7:00 PM 8:00 PM ESPN2

Tues. July 18, 2017 Chicago Seattle 6:00 PM 9:00 PM ESPN2

Thur. Aug. 3, 2017 Atlanta Minnesota 7:00 PM 8:00 PM ESPN2

Thur. Aug. 10, 2017 Phoenix Dallas 7:00 PM 8:00 PM ESPN2

Thur. Aug. 24, 2017 Los Angeles Phoenix 6:00 PM 9:00 PM ESPN2

* Schedule subject to change

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