ESPN is Again the Exclusive Home to the WNBA Playoffs Presented by Google

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ESPN is Again the Exclusive Home to the WNBA Playoffs Presented by Google

After 25 televised regular season games to honor the 25th season of the WNBA, ESPN continues as the exclusive home of the WNBA postseason with the WNBA Playoffs Presented by Google beginning Thursday, September 23. The first round, single elimination games will feature No. 7 Dallas at No. 6 Chicago and No. 8 New York at No. 5 Phoenix, airing at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET, respectively, on ESPN2. The single elimination second round will take place Sunday, September 26 at 3 p.m., on ABC and 5 p.m. on ESPN2.

The semifinals will run Sept. 28-Oct.8 leading into the WNBA Finals Presented by YouTube TV, with Game 1 on Sunday, Oct. 10, at 3 p.m. on ABC. The WNBA Finals will move up to start on October 6 or 8 if both semifinals end in three or four games, respectively. Every game of the postseason – a potential 19 total games – will be available across ABC, ESPN and ESPN2, with all games available to stream in the ESPN App.

Two commentating teams will be on the call for all the action through the WNBA Playoffs semifinals:

  • Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo and Holly Rowe
  • Pam Ward, LaChina Robinson and Ros Gold-Onwude

Monica McNutt and Carolyn Peck will also provide studio coverage from ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. studios through the semifinals. In addition, McNutt and Peck will host two WNBA editions of Hoop Streams Presented by Google on Thursday, Sept. 23 and Tuesday, Sept. 28, both at 7 p.m., on the @ESPN Twitter handle, on the ESPN Facebook page and in the ESPN App.

Throughout the playoffs, guest analysts in the form of current WNBA players will be on hand to provide unique insight to game coverage.

ESPN.com, which recently released its ranking of the 25 greatest players in WNBA history, will continue tracking all the action throughout the playoffs. Highlights include:

  • Round-by-round primers previewing each single-elimination game or series, including predictions and breakdowns of the first round
  • WNBA playoff predictions: Experts pick the winners of each round and their projected 2021 WNBA champion
  • WNBA survey results: Players, coaches and more discuss the league’s first 25 years and the changes they’d like to see
  • Ranking every WNBA championship team: The league is about to crown its 25th champion. ESPN.com ranks the strength of the first 24
  • Upcoming profiles of reigning MVP A’ja Wilson, 2021 MVP front-runner Jonquel Jones and dunking phenom Brittney Griner.

WNBA Playoffs Presented by Google – Television Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Sep 23 8 p.m. First Round (Single Elimination)
No. 7 Dallas at No. 6 Chicago
Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe
ESPN2
  10 p.m. First Round (Single Elimination)
No. 8 New York at No. 5 Phoenix
Pam Ward, LaChina Robinson, Ros Gold-Onwude
ESPN2
Sun, Sep 26 3 p.m. Second Round (Single Elimination)
No. 5 Phoenix at No. 4 Seattle
Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe
ABC
  5 p.m. Second Round (Single Elimination)
No. 6 Chicago at No. 3 Minnesota
Pam Ward, LaChina Robinson, Ros Gold-Onwude
ESPN2
Tue, Sep 28 8 p.m. Semifinals Game 1
No. 6 Chicago at No. 1 Connecticut
Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe
ESPN2
  10 p.m. Semifinals Game 1
No. 5 Phoenix at No. 2 Las Vegas
Pam Ward, LaChina Robinson, Ros Gold-Onwude
ESPN2
Thu, Sep 30 8 p.m. Semifinals Game 2
No. 6 Chicago at No. 1 Connecticut
Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe
ESPN2
  10 p.m. Semifinals Game 2
No. 5 Phoenix at No. 2 Las Vegas
Pam Ward, LaChina Robinson, Ros Gold-Onwude
ESPN2
Sun, Oct 3 1 p.m. Semifinals Game 3
No. 1 Connecticut at No. 6 Chicago
Pam Ward, LaChina Robinson, Ros Gold-Onwude
ESPN
  3 p.m. Semifinals Game 3
No. 2 Las Vegas at No. 5 Phoenix
Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe
ABC
Wed, Oct 6 8 p.m. Semifinals Game 4*
No. 1 Connecticut at No. 6 Chicago
Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe
ESPN
  10 p.m. Semifinals Game 4*
No. 2 Las Vegas at No. 5 Phoenix
Pam Ward, LaChina Robinson, Ros Gold-Onwude
ESPN
Fri, Oct 8 9 p.m. Semifinals Game 5*
No. 5 Phoenix at No. 2 Las Vegas
Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, Ros Gold-Onwude
ESPN2
Sun, Oct 10 3 p.m. WNBA Finals Game 1 ABC
Wed, Oct 13 9 p.m. WNBA Finals Game 2 ESPN
Fri, Oct 15 9 p.m. WNBA Finals Game 3 ESPN2
Sun, Oct17 3 p.m. WNBA Finals Game 4* ESPN
Tue, Oct 19 9 p.m. WNBA Finals Game 5* ESPN2

*If Necessary

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