For the upcoming 25th season, the Women’s National Basketball Association will broadcast games on Twitter, Facebook Watch, Oculus and the Paramount Plus streaming platform, announced the competition.
Twelve games will air on Twitter and fans’ tweets will be included as part of the broadcast. Facebook will stream 20 WNBA games on its Watch platform and its Oculus Quest and Quest 2 VR headsets, and three games will be shown on Paramount Plus.
ESPN’s platforms will show 25 regular season games, three on ESPN, 12 games on ESPN2, and nine games on ABC. The WNBA’s All Star Game will also air on ESPN, and ESPN networks will beat 19 post-season games in the playoffs. All regular season and post-season games that air on ESPN will also be streamed live via the ESPN app.
The league also announced a new partnership with Google, which will join Deloitte, Nike and AT&T as WNBA ‘Changemaker’. Said Lorraine Twohill, chief marketing officer at Google in a blog post announcing the deal that the company will be the presenting partner for the games airing on ESPN and ABC, and that it will serve as a technology partner for the competition. Twohill said Google is also working with ESPN to add a special segment on women’s sports for the SportsCenter show.
Google also partners with ESPN on a 30 for 30 documentary focused on four-time WNBA champion Maya Moore, who took a sabbatical from the Minnesota Lynx to push for criminal justice reform. Moore was instrumental in the overthrow the unfair conviction of her now-husband Jonathan Irons, who was facing a 50-year prison sentence.
The new WNBA season starts on May 14. The full schedule of regular season games is here.