The WNBA has signed a six-year extension with ESPN that is separate from the network’s NBA deal, according to breaking news from Sports Business Daily. Sources said the deal is worth $12M per year, which amounts to about $1M per WNBA team, and runs through the 2022 season.
The last extension between the broadcasting network and WNBA was in 2007. That deal was to expire in 2016. The WNBA scheduled a press conference Thursday at 12:30pm PT to make an announcement with John Skipper, President of ESPN, Inc., Co-Chairman of the Disney Media Networks, and WNBA president Laurel J. Richie.
Coverage of the announcement will be streamed live at WNBA.com.
The Storm has the sixth overall pick in April’s WNBA draft. It opens its exhibition schedule May 12 against Los Angeles and its regular-season opener on the road at LA on May 26. The Storm’s home-opener against Phoenix is set for June 2 at KeyArena.
Naturally household names Brittney Griner, Elena Delle Donne and Skylar Diggins are prompting more television coverage.