WNBA’s New York Liberty Finds Regional TV Home on the YES Network
The YES Network will become the official regional TV partner of the WNBA New York Liberty this season. YES will televise 16 Liberty home games this season, the first being Friday, May 24 (8:00 pm ET), when the Liberty hosts the Indiana Fever at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, N.Y. All 16 games on YES’ Liberty schedule will also be streamed live on the Fox Sports GO app. Chris Shearn and former Marist College basketball star Julianne Viani will handle play-by-play and analyst duties, respectively, on Friday’s telecast.
The Liberty will be led this year by center Tina Charles, the five-time All-WNBA player and the 2012 WNBA MVP who averaged 19.6 points per game last season. She will be joined by, among others, guards Kia Nurse, Bria Hartley and Brittany Boyd, and center Amanda Zahui B.
The team’s first-round 2019 draft pick, Asia Durr of Louisville, was a two-time first-team All-American who twice was a finalist for National Player of the Year. New York’s second-round selection this year was center Han Xu from China, a member of the Chinese Women’s National Team.
Coach Katie Smith, 15-year WNBA veteran and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, enters her second season as head coach and her fifth overall season with the franchise.
“Boasting a healthy mix of veterans and newcomers, the Liberty is primed to be a force in the WNBA this season,” said John J. Filippelli, President of Production and Programming, YES Network. “The WNBA features the finest women’s basketball in the world, and we at YES look forward to bringing this exciting brand of ball to our viewers.”
“We want to showcase Liberty basketball to as many fans as possible and we have a unique opportunity to do that with YES Network this year,” said Keia Clarke, COO, New York Liberty. “This partnership is the first of its kind, as the WNBA hasn’t been broadcasted on YES in the past,” Clarke added. “We are thrilled to work with the team at YES to expand the reach of women’s basketball to new and different audiences.”
YES Network 2019 New York Liberty Telecast Schedule
- Friday, May 24 vs. Indiana Fever at 8:00 pm ET
- Tuesday, June 4 vs. Los Angeles Sparks at 11:00 am ET
- Friday, June 7 vs. Washington Mystics at 7:30 pm ET
- Sunday, June 9 vs. Las Vegas Aces at 3:00 pm ET
- Wednesday, June 12 vs. Minnesota Lynx at 7:00 pm ET
- Wednesday, June 19 vs. Chicago Sky at 7:00 pm ET
- Friday, June 28 vs. Dallas Wings at 7:30 pm ET
- Sunday, July 7 vs. Las Vegas Aces at 3:00 pm ET
- Saturday, July 20 vs. Los Angeles Sparks at 3:00 pm ET
- Sunday, August 4 vs. Connecticut Sun at 3:00 pm ET
- Sunday, August 11 vs. Seattle Storm at 3:00 pm ET
- Tuesday, August 13 vs. Minnesota Lynx at 7:00 pm ET
- Tuesday, August 27 vs. Phoenix Mercury at 7:00 pm ET
- Friday, August 30 vs. Connecticut Sun at 7:30 pm ET
- Tuesday, September 3 vs. Washington Mystics at 7:00 pm ET
- Friday, September 6 vs. Indiana Fever at 7:00 pm ET