On Tuesday afternoon, the WNBA and the Minnesota Lynx officially announced the schedule for the 2019 regular season.
The WNBA season will kick off on May 24 when the Indiana Fever visit the New York Liberty and the Dallas Wings play at the Atlanta Dream, both games will tip off at 6:30 p.m.
The Lynx will officially begin their year on May 25 at home in Minneapolis at 7 p.m. against the Chicago Sky, which features newly hired general manager and head coach James Wade, who was an assistant coach for Minnesota the past two seasons.
The WNBA also announced that the 2019 campaign will feature expanded coverage from ESPN’s networks with nationally televised games including ABC and ESPN in addition to an extensive schedule on ESPN2. The ESPN networks’ slate of 16 regular-season telecasts – which features three games on ABC, two on ESPN and 11 on ESPN2 – is up from 13 a year ago, when each of those telecasts was on ESPN2.
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The Lynx will have four games on national television throughout the season: one on ABC (June 8 vs. Los Angeles) and three on ESPN2 (July 6 at Connecticut, Aug. 22 vs. Dallas and Sept. 8 at Los Angeles).
Minnesota’s preseason schedule and 2019 local television schedule will be announced at a later date, the organization announced in its release.
The regular season, which will span from May to September this season, will include two games in May (both at home), 10 games in June (five at home, five on the road), eight games in July (four home, four away), 11 games in August (five home, six away) and three games in September (one home, two away).
The longest homestand for Minnesota will occur from Aug. 22-Sept. 1 with four consecutive games at Target Center. The longest road trip will take place from July 6-12 with three straight games on the road.
One key aspect to the regular season schedule for the Lynx is that they will not play any sets of games on back-to-back nights, which will be nice for Minnesota after having a more compact schedule in 2018.
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A season ago, Minnesota’s season came to an end in the opening round of the WNBA Playoffs with a loss to the Los Angeles Sparks on the road. It was the first time since 2004 that the Lynx were bounced from postseason action in the opening round.
With plenty of storylines once again surrounding the team, including the void left by Lindsay Whalen’s retirement and the potential future departures of other core players who are increasing in age, the 2019 season will be another interesting journey for Minnesota.
Here is a full breakdown of the 2019 regular-season schedule for the Lynx:
- Saturday, May 25 vs. Chicago, 7 p.m.
- Wednesday, May 29 vs. Seattle, 7 p.m.
- Saturday, June 1 at Dallas, 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, June 4 at Seattle, 9 p.m.
- Thursday, June 6 vs. Phoenix, 7 p.m.
- Saturday, June 8 vs. Los Angeles, 2:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, June 12 at New York, 6 p.m.
- Friday, June 14 vs. Connecticut, 7 p.m.
- Sunday, June 16 vs. Las Vegas, 6 p.m.
- Saturday, June 22 vs. New York, 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, June 25 at Indiana, 6 p.m.
- Sunday, June 30 at Dallas, 3 p.m.
- Tuesday, July 2 vs. Atlanta, 7 p.m.
- Saturday, July 6 at Connecticut, 1 p.m.
- Wednesday, July 10 at Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, July 12 at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m.
- Sunday, July 14 vs. Phoenix, 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, July 17 vs. Seattle, 7 p.m.
- Sunday, July 21 at Las Vegas, 5 p.m.
- Wednesday, July 24 vs. Washington, 12 p.m.
- Saturday, Aug. 3 at Indiana, 6 p.m.
- Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Atlanta, 6 p.m.
- Friday, Aug. 9 vs. Connecticut, 7 p.m.
- Sunday, Aug. 11 at Washington, 2 p.m.
- Tuesday, Aug. 13 at New York, 10 a.m.
- Friday, Aug. 16 vs. Washington, 7 p.m.
- Sunday, Aug. 18 at Seattle, 6 p.m.
- Tuesday, Aug. 20 at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m.
- Thursday, Aug. 22 vs. Dallas, 7 p.m.
- Sunday, Aug. 25 vs. Las Vegas, 6 p.m.
- Tuesday, Aug. 27 vs. Chicago, 7 p.m.
- Sunday, Sept. 1 vs. Indiana, 6 p.m.
- Friday, Sept. 6 at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
- Sunday, Sept. 8 at Los Angeles, 4 p.m.
Note: All times are Central
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