NEW YORK – WNBA League Pass, the WNBA’s live game streaming platform, will broaden its content offering by providing subscribers at no additional cost access to 25 of the 30 basketball games to be played this winter by Athletes Unlimited (AU), the network of professional women’s sports leagues that includes basketball, the WNBA announced today.
“WNBA League Pass is the destination for women’s professional basketball and Athletes Unlimited is just the latest addition to our programming lineup,” said WNBA Chief Growth Officer Colie Edison. “We are committed to expanding our direct to consumer offering with year-round content, bringing our fans closer to the game they love. With a number of WNBA players set to star in AU’s upcoming season, and with an additional group of talented, young players on AU rosters looking to make their mark, WNBA League Pass provides a terrific platform to further showcase these players and women’s basketball and a great leadup to the upcoming 2023 WNBA season.”
“We are thrilled to partner with the WNBA to bring Athletes Unlimited’s exciting brand of basketball to the most passionate fans of the sport, WNBA League Pass subscribers,” said Cheri Kempf, Senior Vice President, Athletes Unlimited. “Fans will enjoy seeing world-class athletes competing as individuals with our unique scoring system and fast-paced season.”
The 2023 Athletes Unlimited season, which will feature 44 players competing on four teams, will get underway with its first weekly draft on Sunday, Feb. 19. Play during the league’s five-week season will tip off on Thursday, Feb. 23 and conclude on Sunday, March 25. Individual athletes earn points on every play and the leaderboard will change constantly. In addition, teams change each week, with the top four athletes in the standings serving as captains and drafting their teams. At the end of the five-week season, the player with the most points is crowned as individual champion.
Athletes Unlimited will play a 30-game schedule this season in Dallas, Tex., at the Fair Park Coliseum with WNBA legend Sheryl Swoopes providing analysis and Cindy Brunson handling the play-by-play, while Mariluz Cook will also join the broadcast team for in-action fan and player engagement. WNBA League Pass will offer subscribers live and archived coverage of 25 games. CBS Sports Network will present five games, while select games will be simulcast by the Women’s Sports Network and Bally Sports regional sports networks.
The WNBA Draft will be held Monday April 10, and the WNBA’s 27th season tips off on Friday May 19, 2023.