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How to Watch WNBA Games: The Handy Guide

December 22, 2020
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Looking for how to watch the WNBA? Let’s go! You’re about to see some of the best women’s basketball on the planet. Though, between national games, local games, League Pass, and more, sometimes finding out where to watch a WNBA game can feel like solving a puzzle. 

So today, we’ll reveal all the ways to watch the WNBA on TV, online, or on the go. We’ll break down the best deals for streaming services that carry the WNBA, and show you how to watch your favorite WNBA team locally. Plus, we’ll provide a deep dive into the WNBA’s very own League Pass.

Discover the WNBA League Pass

The WNBA offers an official “League Pass” for watching games online, for the ridiculously low price of $4.99 a year. Here’s what League Pass gets you:

Stream WNBA games: Watch games from all 12 teams live as they broadcast. However, some restrictions apply:

  • Nationally televised games, as well as games broadcast on a local network in your area are on a “blackout” due to the terms of the WNBA’s broadcasting agreement.
  • “Blackout” games are available to stream on League Pass after they air.

Relive classics: WNBA League Pass hosts recordings of all WNBA games going back to the 2015 season, available on demand.

Added perks: Being a League Pass subscriber also gets you other occasional perks, such as coupon codes for discounts at the WNBA store. 

League Pass is available to purchase on the WNBA website, and can be streamed in browser. You can also use League Pass on iOS or Android tablets and phones, as well as Apple TV or Chromecast. However, WNBA League Pass is not currently available on the Roku or Amazon Fire TV Stick.

Don’t worry if you’re not looking to add another subscription service to your portfolio. In that case, there are also great options for catching free WNBA games streaming every season.

Where can I watch WNBA games online for free? 

Over the past few seasons, the WNBA has partnered with social media giants Twitter and Facebook to stream games for free on their platforms. These streams help introduce the WNBA to new fans, and help spark discussion about the WNBA in the replies and comments of the streams.

Explore free WNBA Live Streams

Here are three simple ways to free live stream the WNBA.

1. Twitter free WNBA streams

For the past three seasons, the WNBA has live-streamed select games through Twitter Sports directly on the Twitter platform. Find these games during the season on the @TwitterSports account.

2. Facebook free WNBA streams

In 2020, Facebook entered the fray as well. As the WNBA broadcast some games through their official Facebook page. Find these streams during the season at Facebook.com/wnba. Facebook also offers these streams on devices produced by their subsidiary Oculus, but at the moment, only in 2D. 

3. Team website free streams

Several teams, such as the Indiana Fever, also offer free live streams of their games on their websites (see below for quick links).

But Twitter and Facebook streams only cover a handful of games every year to give people a taste of the WNBA. If you want the full experience, you’re going to have to turn on your TV.

What channels is the WNBA on?

It’s easier than ever to watch WNBA games on television, with national games broadcast on several networks almost nightly during the season. If you’re looking to follow your home-team more closely, check out our guide to local broadcast deals below!

Here’s how to watch the WNBA on TV

The WNBA appears on different channels, based on whether the games are nationally broadcast or locally broadcast. Here’s how to watch on channels that work for you.

Where to watch nationally broadcast WNBA games

2020 saw a huge increase in nationally broadcast WNBA games, with 37 games broadcast on ESPN alone, and another 40 on CBS.  Find nationally broadcast WNBA games on:

  • ESPN/ESPN2
  • ABC
  • NBA TV
  • CBS/CBS Sports Network

And download these networks’ apps to your mobile device, tablet, streaming device or smart TV. So you can watch no matter where you are. Just make sure you login using your cable provider account.

Where to watch WNBA games locally

While many WNBA games are now broadcast nationally, some are still exclusively available through local broadcasts or League Pass. Look for your team in this list to find out where you can catch WNBA games on local TV during the season: 

Atlanta Dream: The Dream’s local broadcast partner is WSB-TV. Watch their games on WSB-TV2, or the WSB Now app, available on most streaming devices. 

Chicago Sky: Fans in Chicago can watch the Sky on local channel WCIU

Connecticut Sun: The Connecticut Sun’s games are broadcast locally on NESN, or New England Sports Network. While some games are broadcast on sister network NESNplus.

Dallas Wings: The Dallas Wings have a broadcasting agreement with Fox Sports. Find their local games on FSSW, or Fox Sports Southwest, or on FSSW+. Just use the Fox Sports Go app and FoxSportsGo.com to stream all games on either channel.

Indiana Fever: The Fever’s local affiliate is Fox Sports Indiana, with games also broadcast online and in-app through Fox Sports Go. You can also catch games for free online, through the Fever Facebook page, or at FeverBasketball.com

Las Vegas Aces: Aces games are locally broadcast on MyLVTV, a local Sinclair Broadcast affiliate, as well as the STIRR, Sinclair’s app for most streaming devices.

Los Angeles Sparks: Spectrum SportsNet is the long-standing broadcast partner of the Sparks. Fans in LA can catch most Sparks game on Spectrum, or on the Spectrum SportsNet app.

Minnesota Lynx: The Lynx have partnered with Fox Sports North since their first year in the WNBA. Fans can catch games locally on Fox Sports North, Fox Sports North PLUS, or online/in-app with Fox Sports Go.

New York Liberty: If you’re a Liberty fan in New York, you can find their games on the YES Network, or, through the YES App on most streaming devices.

Phoenix Mercury: Fans in Phoenix can watch Diana Taurasi and the Mercury on Fox Sports Arizona. Games also available online and in-app through Fox Sports Go.

Seattle Storm: Are you a Seattle fan looking to watch the reigning champs defend their title next season? Storm games are broadcast locally in Seattle on JOEtv, a FOX affiliate. 

Washington Mystics: The Mystic’s local broadcast deal is split between Monument Sports Network and NBC Sports Washington. Both networks have apps available for streaming options. 

How to watch the WNBA without cable

If you’re a WNBA fan and a cable-cutter, no problem. We’ve got you covered with the best options for watching games completely online.

First off, make sure to grab WNBA League Pass, outlined in further detail above. It’s just $4.99 for the whole season, and will get you live broadcasts of any game that isn’t on a national network.

Then, nationally televised games can be watched by cable-cutters using one of the many streaming services now offering live TV, such as:

Just purchase these services at the links above. Any of them will get you national games on ESPN. However, of these four, only YouTube TV and AT&T TV Now carry ESPN, ABC, CBS Sports Network, and NBA TV. Meaning they’re the only two that will give you access to all nationally broadcast WNBA games. 

WNBA-watching hacks and cheat codes

If you don’t have cable and are looking to save a quick buck while watching the WNBA, there are still plenty of good options for tuning in. 

  • Ask friends: You could organize watch parties with other friends of yours who watch the WNBA using one of their TVs, or cable log ins for streaming. 
  • Find a local bar: By the same token, you can go to a sports bar and ask the staff to turn on a channel showing the WNBA. This has the bonus of increasing exposure for the league, and helping you find other WNBA fans in your community. 
  • Go-in on a subscription with family: Lastly, you can always borrow a cable or live streaming log-in from a friend or family member, or offer to go in on one with them.
  • Buy tickets: Go to a game! You can easily purchase tickets from your team’s website or TicketMaster.

Enjoy watching WNBA games

We’ve covered every way to watch WNBA basketball during the regular season. And from League Pass, to catching local games, to streaming with your friends you have a lot of options.

Next, learn more about free agency to prepare for the upcoming season, or check out our guide to watching WNBA players play overseas.

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Written by Dani Bar-Lavi, a WNBA writer. Find them on Twitter, and visit their pages at NetsRepublic and Sports Are From Venus.

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