The 2023 WNBA common season will run Could 19 via Sept. 10 and incorporates a file 40 video games per crew, the league introduced Wednesday.
Opening weekend consists of 4 video games on the primary evening of motion, a Friday: The Washington Mystics will host the New York Liberty, the Connecticut Sun will journey to tackle the Indiana Fever, the Minnesota Lynx will face the 2021 champion Chicago Sky in Minneapolis and the Phoenix Mercury will play the Los Angeles Sparks on the street.
The defending WNBA champion Las Vegas Aces will kick off their season on Saturday, Could 20, in opposition to the Seattle Storm in Seattle, a rematch of this fall’s dramatic semifinal sequence, whereas the Atlanta Dream and Dallas Wings may also face off that evening in Dallas. The primary weekend of play concludes on Sunday with the Solar internet hosting the Mystics, the Fever touring to New York and the Sky taking part in the Mercury in Phoenix.
The league will host its nineteenth All-Star Sport on July 15, with the placement but to be introduced. The 2023 marketing campaign may also characteristic the third yr of the Commissioner’s Cup, an in-season competitors that may run Could 19-July 12. The championship recreation shall be performed Aug. 15.
Amongst different intriguing matchups: The Aces and Solar, who confronted off within the 2022 Finals, will play thrice, beginning June 6 and eight in Connecticut.
The slate of 40 regular-season video games per crew — 20 on the street, 20 at residence — is 4 greater than 2022 and eight greater than 2021. The league will announce its tv and streaming schedule at a later date.
5 groups have new coaches heading into free company: The Solar (Stephanie White changing Curt Miller); the Wings (Latricia Trammell changing Vickie Johnson); the Fever (Christie Sides changing Marianne Stanley/Carlos Knox); the Mystics (Eric Thibault changing Mike Thibault); and the Sparks (Miller changing Derek Fisher/Fred Williams).
One of the extremely anticipated free company intervals in league historical past is about to kick off early subsequent yr, with free agent negotiations allowed to start Jan. 21 and signings permitted Feb. 1.
The 2023 WNBA Draft, the place the Fever have the No. 1 total choose, is scheduled for April 10, 2023.