June 5, 2022
Daily Briefing — June 5, 2022: Fire the schedule-maker
We now return to our irregularly-scheduled programming
Happy Sunday! Welcome to The Next’s Daily Briefing, featuring the W and NCAA Roundups and daily Watch List. Day 26 of the WNBA season is here, featuring, well, everything. For the 25th time in WNBA history — and for the 21st time in the middle of the regular season — the schedule features every team in the league playing on the same day, per Kurtis Zimmerman of Across The Timeline.
Now, you may be thinking ‘how wonderful, a day chock-full of basketball!’ But I’ve got bad news for you: all six of the games on today’s schedule tip off within a four-hour span, and four of them are completely concurrent! And none are on national television!
As the title reads: fire the schedule-maker.
The Next, a 24/7/365 women’s basketball newsroom
The Next: A basketball newsroom brought to you by The IX. 24/7/365 women’s basketball coverage, written, edited and photographed by our young, diverse staff and dedicated to breaking news, analysis, historical deep dives and projections about the game we love.
Subscribe to make sure this vital work, creating a pipeline of young, diverse media professionals to write, edit and photograph the great game, continues and grows. Subscriptions include some exclusive content, but the reason for subscriptions is a simple one: making sure our writers and editors creating 24/7/365 women’s basketball coverage get paid to do it.
But first, read:
- Our Antonio Losada gives you the EuroLeague rundown, including one Italian club’s bid to become the next superteam
- I open up a mailbag full of questions on the Storm, from vibes to Ezi Magbegor to matchups and more!
- Our Jacqueline LeBlanc details the odyssey of a Sun week that includes four games in six days
- Our Tony East recaps this week in Fever, including contextualizing their coaching change and the addition of a legend to the staff
- Basketball News’ Mark Schindler breaks down what makes the Sky’s defense so good
- OregonLive’s Aaron Fentress reports on Portland’s eagerness for an expansion team
Watch List, Sunday, June 5
(All times in Eastern, Game Of The Day in bold)
Minnesota @ New York, 2 p.m., League Pass (Local: Bally Sports North Extra, YES)
Indiana @ Atlanta, 3 p.m., League Pass (Local: Indiana Fever Livestream, Bally Sports South)
Washington @ Chicago, 6 p.m., Amazon Prime video (Local: Monumental, Marquee) — would be Game Of The Day, but Elena Delle Donne is out
Dallas @ Las Vegas, 6 p.m., League Pass (Local: Bally Sports Southwest Extra, My LV TV)
Los Angeles @ Phoenix, 6 p.m., League Pass/Facebook (Local: Spectrum SportsNet, Bally Sports Arizona)
Connecticut @ Seattle, 6 p.m., League Pass (Local: NESN+, JOEtv/Amazon Prime video)
Out of the portal:
- Morasha Wiggins: The off-ball guard out of North Carolina committed to Arizona State