2019 WNBA Futures
The WNBA has done a good job promoting their product over the years. This week the league announced a newly signed broadcast agreement with CBS Sports. The league opens the 2019 season on Saturday May 25 just a handful of days before the 2019 NBA Finals begin.The 2019 NBA Finals are scheduled for May 30th and will receive most of the world’s basketball viewing audience. However, count on the WNBA getting their fair share of looks as the new season opens. CBS Sports and the WNBA agreed to a new deal to televise a large number of the league’s games in 2019.
According to published report “the terms of the deal, CBS Sports Network, will broadcast 40 live WNBA games in primetime and on weekends.” The first of a summer filled of WNBA action begins on Saturday May 25. The league’s 2019 season openers.
“Through our partnership with CBS Sports Network, the WNBA is joining an elite lineup of premium sports programming,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told the media in a prepared statement. “We thank CBS Sports for making such a meaningful commitment to women’s basketball and for providing another platform to showcase the world-class athletes of the WNBA.”
The new deal guaranteed six appearances this season by defending WNBA champions Seattle Storm. Also included in the half dozen Storm broadcasts will be a 2018 WNBA Finals rematch against former league MVP Elena Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics on Friday June 14.
Seattle Storm lose Breanna Stewart for the 2019 season
The reigning 2018 champs lost Brenna Stewart to an Achilles injury. Stewart was lost for the season while she was playing in Hungary. The implications of the injury put a damper on the Storm’s chances of repeating as champions in 2019.
The 24-year-old, who was WNBA MVP and Finals MVP last season with Seattle will miss the 2019 WNBA season. Stewart was playing for her Russian-based team, Dynamo Kursk, when UMMC Ekaterinburg’s Brittney Griner (of the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA) fouled her on a jump shot resulting in an awkward misstep on Griner’s foot.
The Storm opened as the 9-5 favorites at the World’s Largest Race and Sportsbook, Westgate of Las Vegas. Seattle checks in at 15-1 in the latest WNBA Futures update.