September 9, 2020
WNBA playoffs to air on ESPN networks
Every game of the WNBA playoffs will be available across ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and the ESPN App, the sports network announced Tuesday.
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Members of the Seattle Storm look on during a game against the Los Angeles Sparks on Sept. 4, 2020. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
Every game of the 2020 WNBA postseason will be available across ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and the ESPN App, the sports network announced Tuesday. The 2020 regular season, which was ESPN’s most extensive regular-season schedule to date, ends on Sunday, Sept. 13. The playoffs are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Sept. 15 with two first-round single-elimination games shown on ESPN2.
Though this year saw a shortened, 22-game regular season played entirely at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, the playoffs format remains the same.
The top eight seeds — regardless of the conference — advance to the playoffs, with the top two teams receiving a double-bye to the semifinal round. The first two round of the playoffs are single-elimination games: the first round matches up the No. 5 seed vs. the No. 8 seed and the No. 6 seed vs. the No. 7 seed. In the second round, the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds host the winners of each first-round game in another single-elimination game. After that, the semifinals and finals are both a best-of-five-games series.
Here are the current league standings:
Seattle Storm (16-3) – clinched playoffs
Las Vegas Aces (14-4) – clinched playoffs
Los Angeles Sparks (14-5) – clinched playoffs
Minnesota Lynx (13-6) – clinched playoffs
Phoenix Mercury (12-8) – clinched playoffs
Chicago Sky (11-9) – clinched playoffs
Connecticut Sun (10-10) – clinched playoffs
Dallas Wings (7-12) – have not yet clinched playoffs. The Washington Mystics, Indiana Fever, and Atlanta Dream are technically still in the running for the eighth seed.
The full T.V. schedule of the playoffs is as follows: