NEW YORK and SAN FRANCISCO – The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) announced today that the Los Angeles Sparks’ championship ring ceremony will be live streamed on Twitter and Periscope on Friday, May 19, beginning at approximately 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. The ceremony will be available live via @WNBA.
Led by 2016 WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike and 2016 WNBA Finals MVP Candace Parker, the Sparks defeated the defending champion Minnesota Lynx in five games to capture their third WNBA title last season. The championship was the franchise’s first since winning back-to-back titles in 2001 and 2002.
Earlier this month, the WNBA and Twitter announced a multiyear streaming deal that will bring 20 live WNBA regular-season games per year to Twitter in 2017, 2018 and 2019. More than 1.1 million unique viewers tuned in to the league’s first live streamed game on Twitter featuring the Dallas Wings vs. the Phoenix Mercury on May 14.
The next Twitter live stream of a WNBA game will take place just before the Sparks’ ring ceremony on May 19, when the Mercury visits the San Antonio Stars at 8 p.m. ET. The game between the Mercury and Stars will be available alongside the real-time Twitter conversation at wnba.twitter.com and via @WNBA.