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:
|The Vegas, Nevada||KMCC (TV)||3. 4|
|Los Angeles California||KPXN-TV||30|
|Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Florida.||WPXM-TV||35|
|Minneapolis-St. Cube, Minnesota.||KPXM-TV||41|
|New Orleans, Louisiana||WPXL-TV||49|
|New York, NY||WPXN-TV||31|
|Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Fla.|
|Salt Lake City, Utah||KUPX-TV||sixteen|
|San Antonio, Texas||KPXL-TV||26|
|San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, California||KKPX-TV||Sixty-five|
|Saint Louis, miss.||WRBU (TV)||46|
|Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida||WXPX-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?|
|Hulu + Live TV||No||No||$69.99/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.
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Here is his whiteboard:
|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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