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CBS Sports Net Signs Deal To Broadcast 40 WNBA Games In '19

CBS Sports has "signed a multiyear deal with the WNBA to broadcast 40 games per season beginning next month," according to Doug Feinberg of the AP. The games will be in primetime and on weekends and "will be shown" on CBS Sports Network. Coverage will start with Sky-Lynx on May 25. CBSSN will use the "local broadcast feeds for now, similar to what NBA TV does in showing WNBA games." The sides are "still discussing expanding the coverage to include features and other WNBA programming." It is "unclear how the WNBA will decide which games will air on ESPN or CBS going forward after this year," but league officials "didn't seem too concerned." NBA Entertainment Senior VP/Global Media Distribution & Business Affairs David Denenberg: "We have enough games we think we'll put together a robust schedule for everyone" (AP, 4/22). The WNBA is the middle of a nine-year deal with ESPN that pays the league an average annual value of $25M per season through '25 (THE DAILY).