The WNBA has had a bit of bad luck over the last few months to say the least. Since it concluded its 2018 season, Maya Moore, Breanna Stewart and other major WNBA stars have been ruled out for next season. With that being said, the WNBA will keep moving forward as it fights for recognition in the ever competitive landscape of professional sports.
Despite missing a few key players, the WNBA still has star power heading in to the 2019 WNBA season. Elena Delle Donne will look to get back to the WNBA Finals and bring a title back to the nation’s capital. Meanwhile, Sue Bird will enter her seventeenth year with the Seattle Storm as she looks to bring a fourth title to city of Seattle. In addition, the league will welcome in rookies like Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale and Louisville’s Asia Durr.
This season, we’ll all have more opportunities to see how this WNBA season will play out. Thanks to a new partnership with CBS Sports Network, an additional forty WNBA games per year will be televised. This new deal adds on to the league’s existing sixteen game per year deal with ESPN. As the league continues to look for ways to grow its brand, this is a major step in the right direction.
CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said, “We are truly excited to partner with the WNBA, bringing the country’s premier women’s sports league to CBS Sports Network.” He added, “This partnership is one of the biggest and most impactful women’s sports programming arrangements ever at CBS Sports.”
The new agreement will launch with the Minnesota Lynx taking on the Chicago Sky on Saturday, May 25th