How to watch WNBA games on Ion TV: full schedule, live streams and more for the new Friday night broadcasts

The WNBA and Ion TV are partnering this season to bring fans a new feature, “Friday Night Spotlight.”

Throughout the league’s 27th season, Ion TV will broadcast a handful of key WNBA games nationwide, starting on Friday, May 26, when the Mystics take on the Sky and the Wings take on the Storm.

The deal will bring a new level of growth to the league that has been fueling expansion in recent years through what’s known as viewing appointments. Here’s what other leagues have been doing, including NBA Thursdays on TNT and NFL Sundays on NBC.

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Here’s everything you need to know about the WNBA on Ion TV, a new weekly meeting ushering in the league’s second quarter century.

What channel is Ion TV?

There are dozens of markets that carry Ion TV on cable. Below are some of the biggest, and the full list can be found here:

Market affiliate station Channel
Atlanta Georgia. WPXA-TV 14
Boston, Mass. WDPX-TV 58
WPXG-TV twenty-one
chicago sick WCPX-TV 38
Dallas, Texas KPXD-TV 68
Houston Texas KPXB-TV 49
Jacksonville, Florida WPXC-TV twenty-one
Knoxville, Tennessee. WPXK-TV 54
The Vegas, Nevada KMCC (TV) 3. 4
Los Angeles California KPXN-TV 30
Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Florida. WPXM-TV 35
Milwaukee, Wisconsin WPXE-TV 55
Minneapolis-St. Cube, Minnesota. KPXM-TV 41
Nashville, Tennessee. WNPX-TV 28
New Orleans, Louisiana WPXL-TV 49
New York, NY WPXN-TV 31
Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Fla.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. WPPX-TV 61
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. WINP-TV sixteen
Salt Lake City, Utah KUPX-TV sixteen
San Antonio, Texas KPXL-TV 26
San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, California KKPX-TV Sixty-five
Seattle-Tacoma, Wash. KWPX-TV 33
Saint Louis, miss. WRBU (TV) 46
Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida WXPX-TV 66
Washington D.C. WPXW-TV 66

Also, you can go to the platform’s official website to find your local providers and channels based on your zip code.

How to live stream the WNBA on Ion TV for free without cable

If you’re a household that has gone without wires in recent years, there are still a variety of options that will allow you to access Ion TV and live WNBA Friday night game highlights, including Fubo, which offers a seven-day free trial for new subscribers

transmission option Is cable subscription required? Free? Cost Free Trial?
fubo No No $74.99/month Yeah
Hulu + Live TV No No $69.99/month Yeah
DirecTV streaming No No $74.99/month Yeah
YouTube television No No $72.99/month Yeah

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WNBA on Ion TV National Time

Ion TV will broadcast 44 games, courtesy of the new agreement between the broadcaster and the league. The WNBA is the first professional league to air on this platform, and its “Friday Night Spotlight” will give fans a chance to sit on the couch and watch a game or two at the end of each week.

MORE: WNBA National TV Schedule 2023

Here is his whiteboard:

Date Match Time (ET)
May 26 Washington mystics in the Chicago sky 20:00
Dallas wings in the Seattle storm 22:00
June 2nd Dallas Wings at Washington Mystics 7:00 p.m.
Las Vegas Aces at Atlanta Dream 7:30 pm
New York Liberty on Chicago Sky 18:00
Los Angeles Sparks at Phoenix Mercury 22:00
June 9 New York Liberty in Atlanta Dream 7:30 pm
Phoenix Mercury at Dallas Wings 20:00
Indiana Fever in Minnesota Lynx 20:00
Chicago Sky at Los Angeles Sparks 22:00
Washington Mystics in the Seattle Storm 22:00
June 16 Phoenix Mercury in Washington Mystics 7:00 p.m.
Minnesota Lynx at Los Angeles Sparks 22:00
June 23 New York Liberty in Atlanta Dream 7:30 p.m.
Dallas Wings at Los Angeles Sparks 22:00
June 30th Washington mystics in the Atlanta dream 7:30 pm
Los Angeles Sparks on Chicago Sky 20:00
July 07 Indiana Fever in Washington Mystics 7:00 p.m.
Atlanta Dream in Chicago Sky 20:00
Las Vegas Aces at Dallas Wings 20:00
Phoenix Mercury at Minnesota Lynx 20:00
July 21 New York Liberty in Washington Mystics 7:00 p.m.
28 of July Seattle storm in the sky over Chicago 20:00
Washington Mystics at Dallas Wings 20:00
August 4th Connecticut Sun in Indiana fever 7:00 p.m.
Los Angeles Sparks at Washington Mystics 7:00 p.m.
Chicago Sky at Dallas Wings 20:00
New York Liberty in Minnesota Lynx 20:00
August 11 Chicago sky in New York freedom 7:30 pm
Washington Mystics at Las Vegas Aces 22:00
August 18th Dallas Wings in Connecticut Sun 7:00 p.m.
Washington Mystics in Indiana fever 7:00 p.m.
Chicago sky in Atlanta dream 7:30 pm
New York Liberty on Phoenix Mercury 22:00
Minnesota Lynx in the Seattle storm 22:00
August 25th Los Angeles Sparks in Atlanta Dream 7:30 pm
September 1st Dallas wings in Indiana fever 7:00 p.m.
Connecticut Sun in New York Liberty 7:30 pm
Atlanta Dream at Minnesota Lynx 20:00
September 8th Indiana Fever in the Connecticut Sun 7:00 p.m.
Atlanta Dream in Washington Mystics 7:00 p.m.
Minnesota Bobcat in the Chicago Sky 20:00
Seattle Storm at Dallas Wings 20:00
Las Vegas Aces on Phoenix Mercury 22:00

When does the WNBA start on Ion TV?

  • Date: Friday May 26
  • Time: 8 pm ET | 7 p.m. Central Time

The WNBA officially kicked off its first weekend with high-pressure games, including the return of Brittney Griner to the Phoenix Mercury and the Seattle Storm’s first debut without their rock stars Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart.

“Friday Night Spotlight” with Ion TV will kick off on Friday, May 26 when the Washington Mystics travel to the Chicago Sky. There will be a second game when the Seattle Storm hosts the Dallas Wings.

Both games on Ion TV’s First Friday are Commissioners Cup games.

The WNBA season is playing a record number of games this year, 40 per team with 20 road and 20 home appearances each, and will run through September 10.

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