Amazon and the Women’s National Basketball Association have announced a multi-year deal where several games are streamed live on Prime Video. It is the first time Amazon has ever obtained exclusive Prime Video rights to professional basketball, following previous forays into streaming sports content such as Thursday night football and the Premier League. Amazon’s Twitch also partners with USA Basketball to stream international matches from events such as the FIBA World Cup.
The WNBA deal includes exclusive international streaming rights to 16 regular season matches, as well as the inaugural Commissioner’s Cup match taking place on Aug. 12. The WNBA says this is “the first time Prime Video has exclusive worldwide streaming rights to a women’s professional sports competition.” But the rights don’t apply to every country – China, Japan, UK, Italy, Spain, Finland and Germany all disregarded.
Here is the schedule of regular season games coming to Prime Video this year:
- Saturday, May 29 – Atlanta @ New York, 2 p.m. ET
- Friday, June 4 – Dallas @ Seattle, 10 p.m. ET
- Saturday, June 12 – Chicago @ Indiana, 1:00 p.m. ET
- Wednesday, June 16 – Phoenix @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. ET
- Tuesday, June 22 – Chicago @ New York, 7 p.m. ET
- Wednesday, June 30 – Las Vegas @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. ET
- Thursday, July 1 – Connecticut @ Indiana, 7 p.m. ET
- Wednesday, July 7 – Phoenix @ Las Vegas, 10 p.m. ET
- Saturday, July 10 – Washington @ Chicago, 8 p.m. ET
- Tuesday, August 17 – Minnesota @ Connecticut, 7 p.m. ET
- Friday, August 20 – Seattle @ New York, 7 p.m. ET
- Thursday, August 26 – Dallas @ Washington, 7 p.m. ET
- Tuesday, August 31 – New York @ Minnesota, 8 p.m. ET
- Thursday, September 2 – New York @ Seattle, 10 p.m. ET
- Tuesday, September 7 – Connecticut @ Dallas, 8:00 PM ET
- Thursday, September 16 – Los Angeles @ Atlanta, 7 p.m. ET
The WNBA has experimented with various streaming platforms and provides access to live games through its own League Pass service, similar to that of the NBA. In addition to Prime Video, games will be streaming in the coming season on platforms as diverse as Oculus, Facebook Watch, Paramount Plus, and ESPN’s various apps and networks.