The WNBA announced its broadcast and streaming schedule for the 2021 season on Monday, which includes 100 telecasts across ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, CBS Television Network, CBS Sports Network and NBA TV.
Additionally, there will be 12 games streamed on Twitter, and 20 on Facebook Watch and Oculus from Facebook.
The league also announced on Monday the addition of Google as a presenting partner with ESPN as the league celebrates its 25th anniversary season with "25 for 25," a 25-game schedule on ABC/ESPN/ESPN2. That includes two doubleheaders on ABC: on opening weekend May 15 and on June 5. CBSSN/CBS will show 40 regular-season games, and NBA TV 35.
ESPN will air the league's all-star game (details of that will be announced at a later date), and ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 will provide coverage of up to 19 games during the WNBA playoffs. All ESPN telecasts during the regular-season and postseason will stream live on the ESPN app.
The WNBA season tips off on May 14 with New York hosting Indiana at 7 p.m. ET on NBA TV, followed by Phoenix at Minnesota on CBSSN at 9 p.m. Twitter will carry Connecticut at Atlanta at 7:30 p.m., and Facebook will show Dallas at Los Angeles at 10:30 p.m.
On May 15, ABC will carry a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. as Chicago, with Candace Parker making her Sky debut, at Washington, which has back Elena Delle Donne, who missed last season. Both Parker and Delle Donne are two-time MVPs.
That's followed by a rematch of last year's WNBA Finals, with defending champion Seattle hosting Las Vegas at 3 p.m. The Aces' A'ja Wilson was last season's MVP, while the Storm's Breanna Stewart was the WNBA Finals MVP.
Opening weekend concludes on May 16 with two games on CBSSN: New York at Indiana (2 p.m.) and Phoenix at Connecticut (7 p.m.).
The regular season finishes on Sept. 19. There will be a break from July 15-Aug. 11 for the Summer Olympics.
"Providing significant opportunities to view WNBA games across traditional and streaming platforms drives expanded coverage to our growing fan base," WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert said. "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."