WNBA playoffs to be on ESPN networks and ABC

Disney networks will televise every game of the 2022 WNBA Playoffs Presented by Google beginning Wednesday, Aug. 17, with a doubleheader featuring the top-seeded Las Vegas Aces and defending WNBA champion Chicago Sky. The newly expanded WNBA Playoff format will include as many as 27 games through the conclusion of the WNBA Finals Presented by YouTube TV.

The Aces and Sky, who led the WNBA with identical 26-10 regular season records, take the court Wednesday night for their respective game 1 matchups. Candace Parker and the defending champion Sky host Sabrina Ionescu and the New York Liberty (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2). Then, A’ja Wilson and Kelsey Plum – the first WNBA teammates to each score 700 points in a season – lead Las Vegas against the Phoenix Mercury (10 p.m., ESPN).

On Thursday, Aug. 18, the Dallas Wings travel to Connecticut to face Jonquel Jones and the Sun (8 p.m., ESPNU), followed by Elena Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics going head-to-head against Breanna Stewart and the Storm (10 p.m., ESPN2), who hope to bring another title home to Seattle in Sue Bird’s 19th and final WNBA season.

How to watch Game 2 matchups from the WNBA playoffs

Game 2 matchups are scheduled for this weekend, Aug. 20-21, across ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC. If necessary, the series-deciding Game 3 games will be played Aug. 23-24. The WNBA Playoffs Presented by Google semifinal series begin Sunday, Aug. 28, while the 2022 WNBA Finals Presented by YouTube TV tips off Sunday, Sept. 11 on ABC.

In addition to featuring every game of the WNBA Playoffs, the Disney networks’ presentation will include WNBA Countdown Presented by Google studio shows, as well as Hoop Streams Presented by GoogleWNBA digital pregame shows. The first Countdown special is a 30-minute edition on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2 leading into the Liberty-Sky game. The first Hoop Streams playoffs show is Sunday, Aug. 21, from 11:15-11:45 a.m., before game 2 of the Wings-Sun matchup on ABC at noon.

ESPN’s experienced and talented commentator team for the WNBA Playoffs will be led by the main crew of Ryan RuoccoRebecca Lobo and Holly Rowe with analysts LaChina RobinsonCarolyn Peck, Andraya Carter and other top voices to be featured.

2022 WNBA Playoffs Presented by Google – Round 1 Games on Disney Networks:

DateTime (ET)MatchupNetwork
Wed, Aug 177:30 p.m.WNBA Countdown Presented by Google
Christine Williamson, Carolyn Peck, Andraya Carter
 8 p.m.New York Liberty at Chicago Sky – Game 1
Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe
 10 p.m.Phoenix Mercury at Las Vegas Aces – Game 1
Tiffany Greene, Stephanie White, Christy Winters-Scott
Thurs, Aug 187:30 p.m.WNBA Countdown Presented by Google
Williamson, Peck
 8 p.m.Dallas Wings at Connecticut Sun – Game 1
Angel Gray, Andraya Carter and Terrika Foster-Brasby
 10 p.m.Washington Mystics at Seattle Storm – Game 1
Pam Ward, LaChina Robinson and Ros Gold-Onwude
Sat, Aug 2011:30 a.m.WNBA Countdown Presented by Google
Williamson, Peck, Carter
 NoonNew York Liberty at Chicago Sky – Game 2
Ruocco, Lobo, Rowe
 9 p.m.Phoenix Mercury at Las Vegas Aces – Game 2
Greene, White, Winters-Scott
Sun, Aug 2111:15 a.m.Hoop Streams Presented by Google
Carter, Peck
ESPN App, Twitter,YouTube
 NoonDallas Wings at Connecticut Sun – Game 2ABC
 3 p.m.WNBA Countdown Presented by Google Williamson, Peck, CarterESPN
 4 p.m.Washington Mystics at Seattle Storm – Game 2ESPN
Tues, Aug 23TBDChicago Sky at New York Liberty – Game 3*TBD
 TBDLas Vegas Aces at Phoenix Mercury – Game 3*TBD
Wed, Aug 24TBDConnecticut Sun at Dallas Wings – Game 3*TBD
 TBDSeattle Storm at Washington Mystics – Game 3*TBD

* Game 3 (if necessary)

** Commentator assignments for Aug. 21-24 games will be announced as the series progress

*** WNBA Playoffs Presented by Google Semifinal series begin Sun., Aug. 28; WNBA Finals Presented by YouTube TV begin Sun., Sept. 11 on ABC

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