How to watch the WNBA's 25th anniversary season

Yahoo Sports Staff
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The 2021 WNBA season will feature 100 nationally televised regular-season games across ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, CBS, CBS Sports Network and NBA TV. 

ESPN, which is partnering with WNBA "changemaker" Google, will have a 25-game slate across its networks to mark the 25th anniversary season. CBS will air 40 games, with up to three on CBS and others on CBSSN and the Paramount+ streaming platform. NBATV will carry 35 games this season.

Additionally, games will be streamed on social media platforms Twitter and Facebook. WNBA League Pass also returns and will stream more than 110 games.

The season tipoff will start on NBA TV with the Indiana Fever and New York Liberty at 7 p.m. ET, and on CBSSN with the Phoenix Mercury and Minnesota Lynx, 9 p.m. ET. 

Sabrina Ionescu dribbles the ball with one hand.
New York Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu is back and will face the Indiana Fever for the 25th anniversary season tipoff on NBA TV as one of 100 nationally televised games this season. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

How to watch the 2021 WNBA season on TV

Want to watch games through a traditional cable TV package? You're in luck. The league will have regular-season games on over-the-air channels — nine on ABC and three on CBS.

For sports fans with cable TV packages, ESPN and ESPN2 will televise 15 games and the All-Star Game. ESPN and ABC will expand coverage into the postseason with up to 19 games.

If you have a deep sports lineup on cable, CBS and CBS Sports Network will air 40 games.

Finally, NBA TV will have 35 games with the majority coming after the Olympic break as teams vie for the postseason.

How to stream WNBA games

For fans who want to stream games, WNBA League Pass is your most comprehensive option. 

For $16.99, you can access every team's games (subject to local and national blackout restrictions). This includes multi-game viewing and live DVR. All games will also be available on demand.

If you're a fan of a single team, you can purchase the team pass for $9.99 (blackout restrictions still apply).

ESPN and CBS also will have streaming games available. All ESPN games will be available on the ESPN app, but you'll need a cable provider. CBS games will also air on the Paramount+ platform.

Finally, Twitter and Facebook will stream a number of games. On the WNBA's official Twitter feed, 12 games will be available live with fan interactions and engagements. The WNBA Facebook page will broadcast 20 games and will also be available on Oculus.

A'ja Wilson with the ball in her hands looking for a play.
Reigning league MVP A'ja Wilson and the Las Vegas Aces tip off the season with an ABC matchup against the defending champion Seattle Storm. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

WNBA national TV schedule

Games listed are national broadcasts on non-streaming platforms. For Twitter and Facebook broadcasts, visit the WNBA schedule.

MORE: Yahoo Sports' Cassandra Negley breaks down the seven marquee matchups not to miss this season.

All times ET.

Friday, May 14

Indiana Fever at New York Liberty, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)

Phoenix Mercury at Minnesota Lynx, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)

Saturday, May 15

Chicago Sky at Washington Mystics, 1 p.m. (ABC)

Las Vegas Aces at Seattle Storm, 3 p.m. (ABC)

Sunday, May 16

New York Liberty at Indiana Fever, 2 p.m. (CBSSN)

Phoenix Mercury at Connecticut Sun, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)

Tuesday, May 18

Phoenix Mercury at Washington Mystics, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

Las Vegas Aces at Seattle Storm, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)

Wednesday, May 19

Indiana Fever at Connecticut Sun, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)

Thursday, May 20

Seattle Storm at Minnesota Lynx, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)

Friday, May 21

Los Angeles Sparks at Las Vegas Aces, 10:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

Sunday, May 23

New York Liberty at Chicago Sky, 1 p.m. (ESPN)

Tuesday, May 25

Atlanta Dream at Chicago Sky, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)

Connecticut Sun at Seattle Storm, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)

Wednesday, May 26

Las Vegas Aces at Phoenix Mercury, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)

Friday, May 28

Los Angeles Sparks at Chicago Sky, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)

Minnesota Lynx at Seattle Storm, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)

Tuesday, June 1

Phoenix Mercury at Chicago Sky, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

Indiana Fever at Seattle Storm, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)

Thursday, June 3

Chicago Sky at Phoenix Mercury, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)

Saturday, June 5

Las Vegas Aces at Washington Mystics, 1 p.m. (ABC)

Chicago Sky at Los Angeles Sparks, 3 p.m. (ABC)

Wednesday, June 9

Indiana Fever at Chicago Sky, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)

Dallas Wings at Phoenix Mercury, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)

Thursday, June 10

Los Angeles Sparks at Washington Mystics, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)

Friday, June 11

Seattle Storm at Atlanta Dream, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)

Sunday, June 13

Washington Mystics at Atlanta Dream, 3:30 p.m. (NBA TV)

Tuesday, June 15

Chicago Sky at Minnesota Lynx, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

Thursday, June 17

Minnesota Lynx at Dallas Wings, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)

New York Liberty at Las Vegas Aces, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)

Friday, June 18

Phoenix Mercury at Los Angeles Sparks, 10:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

Saturday, June 19

Connecticut Sun at Chicago Sky, 2 p.m. (CBS)

Sunday, June 20

New York Liberty at Los Angeles Sparks, 4 p.m. (ESPN)

Thursday, June 24

Dallas Wings at Indiana Fever, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)

Saturday, June 26

Washington Mystics at Dallas Wings, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sunday, June 27

Seattle Storm at Las Vegas Aces, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)

Tuesday, June 29

Connecticut Sun at Washington Mystics, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

Wednesday, June 30

Chicago Sky at Dallas Wings, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)

Minnesota Lynx at Phoenix Mercury, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)

Friday, July 2

Chicago Sky at Dallas Wings, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)

Las Vegas Aces at Los Angeles Sparks, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)

Saturday, July 3

Connecticut Sun at Indiana Fever, 1 p.m. (NBA TV)

Washington Mystics at New York Liberty, 1 p.m. (CBSSN)

Wednesday, July 7

Dallas Wings at Minnesota Lynx, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

Los Angeles Sparks at Seattle Storm, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)

Friday, July 9

Atlanta Dream at Connecticut Sun, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)

New York Liberty at Indiana Fever, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)

Seattle Storm at Phoenix Mercury, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Sunday, July 11

Las Vegas Aces at Dallas Wings, 1 p.m. (ABC)

Phoenix Mercury at Seattle Storm, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)

Minnesota Lynx at Los Angeles Sparks, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)

Sunday, Aug. 15

Seattle Storm at Chicago Sky, 1 p.m. (ABC)

Atlanta Dream at Phoenix Mercury, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)

Tuesday, Aug. 17

Dallas Wings at Chicago Sky, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)

Washington Mystics at Las Vegas Aces, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)

Atlanta Dream at Los Angeles Sparks, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)

Wednesday, Aug. 18

Seattle Storm at New York Liberty, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)

Thursday, Aug. 19

Minnesota Lynx at Connecticut Sun, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)

Atlanta Dream at Los Angeles Sparks, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)

Friday, Aug. 20

Indiana Fever at Dallas Wings, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)

Saturday, Aug. 21

Phoenix Mercury at Atlanta Dream, noon (ESPN2)

Minnesota Lynx at Chicago Sky, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)

Sunday, Aug. 22

Seattle Storm at Washington Mystics, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)

Tuesday, Aug. 24

Seattle Storm at Minnesota Lynx, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

Wednesday, Aug. 25

Phoenix Mercury at New York Liberty, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)

Thursday, Aug. 26

Las Vegas Aces at Atlanta Dream, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)

Friday, Aug. 27

Phoenix Mercury at New York Liberty, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)

Chicago Sky at Seattle Storm, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)

Saturday, Aug. 28

Las Vegas Aces at Indiana Fever, 1 p.m. (NBA TV)

Los Angeles Sparks at Connecticut Sun, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)

Sunday, Aug. 29

Chicago Sky at Seattle Storm, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)

Tuesday, Aug. 31

Connecticut Sun at Washington Mystics, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)

Chicago Sky at Phoenix Mercury, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)

Thursday, Sept. 2

Los Angeles Sparks at Minnesota Lynx, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)

Chicago Sky at Las Vegas Aces, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)

Saturday, Sept. 4

Phoenix Mercury at Indiana Fever, 1 p.m. (NBA TV)

Washington Mystics at Minnesota Lynx, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)

Sunday, Sept. 5

Las Vegas Aces at Chicago Sky, 1 p.m. (ABC)

Atlanta Dream at Dallas Wings, 4 p.m. (CBSSN)

Monday, Sept. 6

Phoenix Mercury at Indiana Fever, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)

Tuesday, Sept. 7

Washington Mystics at Seattle Storm, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)

Wednesday, Sept. 8

Phoenix Mercury at Atlanta Dream, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

Minnesota Lynx at Las Vegas Aces, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)

Thursday, Sept. 9

Connecticut Sun at Los Angeles Sparks, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)

Friday, Sept. 10

Atlanta Dream at Washington Mystics, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)

Saturday, Sept. 11

New York Liberty at Dallas Wings, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)

Connecticut Sun at Phoenix Mercury, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)

Sunday, Sept. 12

Washington Mystics at Chicago Sky, 3 p.m. (ABC)

Indiana Fever at Minnesota Lynx, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)

Seattle Storm at Los Angeles Sparks, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)

Monday, Sept. 13

Dallas Wings at Las Vegas Aces, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)

Tuesday, Sept. 14

Indiana Fever at Atlanta Dream, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)

Wednesday, Sept. 15

New York Liberty at Connecticut Sun, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)

Friday, Sept. 17

Las Vegas Aces at Chicago Sky, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)

Phoenix Mercury at Seattle Storm, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)

Sunday, Sept. 19

Atlanta Dream at Connecticut Sun, 1 p.m. (NBA TV)

Las Vegas Aces at Phoenix Mercury, 3 p.m. (ABC) 

Los Angeles Sparks at Dallas Wings, 5 p.m. (NBA TV)

Indiana Fever at Chicago Sky, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)

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