Kyrie Irving calls the newest Nike shoe sporting his name ‘trash’

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Nike Kyrie 7 (left) compared to leaked photos of the Nike Kyrie 8 (right)

  • Brooklyn Nets basketball player Kyrie Irving said the upcoming Kyrie 8’s are “trash.”
  • Irving said on his Instagram that “Nike plans to release it without my okay” and apologized to fans.
  • Last year’s Kyrie 7 shoe was a best-seller, according to Nike CEO John Donahoe.
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Brooklyn Nets basketball player Kyrie Irving is not a fan of the newest Nike shoe sporting his name, according to his verified Instagram account.

“I have nothing to do with the design or marketing of the upcoming Kyrie 8,” Irving commented on an Instagram post showing leaked photos of the shoes. “These are trash! I have absolutely nothing to do with them! Nike plans to release it without my okay, regardless of what I say, so I apologize in advance to all my sneaker heads and true supporters.”

Fans of Irving expressed disappointment around the claim that Nike did not “involve him in this design of his own signature shoe” after his past designs were best-sellers for the retailer. Nike did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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Irving signed with Nike in 2011, with Kyrie branded shoes launching three years later. Since then, Nike has created six signature shoes as part of Irving’s sponsorship deal.

On StockX, the highest Kyrie shoe resale bid is $4,000 for the Kyrie 3 Mountain Dew K.A.R.E Kit. The Kyrie 7 Expressions shoe sells for an average of $219 on the site.

“This quarter’s launches in basketball, including the LeBron 18 and the Kyrie 7, have sold incredibly well,” Nike CEO John Donahoe said in an earning’s call last year. “I’m particularly excited that both were launched digital-first.”

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How to watch basketball at the Tokyo Olympics, including the new 3-on-3 tournament

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Kevin Durant is one of the many NBA stars playing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

  • The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will feature men’s and women’s tournaments for 5-on-5 and 3-on-3 basketball.
  • Olympic basketball games will be spread across NBC, NBC Sports, USA, and CNBC.
  • The NBC sports app will stream every game, and US men’s games will also stream live on Peacock ($5/month).

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The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will feature professional basketball players from the top international leagues as well as the debut of 3-on-3 events, an Olympic first. Twelve nations have qualified for the traditional men’s and women’s 5-on-5 tournaments, while eight teams will play in men’s and women’s 3-on-3 events.

Players from the NBA, WNBA and other professional basketball leagues from around the world will compete in the 5-on-5 tournament. The US men’s team, a perennial favorite, is led by stars like Kevin Durant and Damian Lillard, but they’ll have to face top international talent like Rudy Gobert of France and Luka Doncic of Slovenia. The US women’s basketball team has won six consecutive Olympic gold medals dating back to 1996. This year’s squad is led by stars like Diana Taurasi, Breanna Stewart, and Brittney Griner.

The 3-on-3 basketball events will use a different format than traditional basketball, with shots being counted as one and two points, rather than two and three points. Teams win by scoring 21 points, or by leading after 10 minutes.

The 3-on-3 teams will play each other in a round-robin format to determine seeding for the medal tournament. The 5-on-5 teams are separated into three groups for match play leading to a final tournament.

How to watch Olympic basketball

Nigeria's Atonye Nyingifa (R) vies with United States' Katie Lou Samuelson during the FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament match between Nigeria and USA, on February 9, 2020, in Belgrade
Nigeria’s Atonye Nyingifa (R) vies with United States’ Katie Lou Samuelson during the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament match between Nigeria and USA, on February 9, 2020, in Belgrade.

Olympic basketball coverage begins with 3-on-3 events on July 23; 5-on-5 match play begins on July 24. To watch Olympic basketball you’ll need access to NBC’s family of networks. Select games will air on NBC, NBC Sports, USA, and CNBC.

If you already subscribe to a pay-TV provider with access to NBC’s channels, you can stream all Olympic basketball events through the NBC Sports app or NBCOlympics.com. This is the best way to catch all the action live, as a lot of the broadcast coverage will be shown as replays.

In addition, all US men’s basketball games will be streamed live on Peacock Premium, NBC’s standalone streaming service. Peacock Premium starts at $5 a month for ad-supported streaming.

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If you’re not already subscribed to NBC channels through your cable provider, you can sign up for a live TV streaming service to follow Olympic basketball online.

Sling TV is one of the most affordable options, starting at $35 a month for Sling Blue with NBC, NBC Sports, and USA ($10 for new subscribers), and an additional $17 for CNBC and the Olympic Channel, which require extra sports and news packages. That’s $52 in total, or $27 if you’re a new Sling subscriber.

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Other live TV options – like YouTube TV, FuboTV, and Hulu + Live TV – also include access to the necessary NBC stations but, while they all feature more channels than Sling, they’re also more expensive with prices starting at $65/month each. If you’re just signing up to watch the Tokyo Games, Sling is a more economical option.

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Men’s 5-on-5 Olympic basketball schedule

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Draymond Green and Kevin Durant of Team USA basketball.

July 25

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United States vs. France (Group A) 8 a.m. ET Peacock, NBCOlympics.com
United States vs. France (Group A) 4 p.m. ET (replay) NBC

July 26

Event Time Channel
United States vs. France (Group A) 12 a.m. ET (replay) NBC Sports Network
Argentina vs. Slovenia (Group C) 6 p.m. ET (replay) NBC Sports Network

July 28

Event Time Channel
United States vs. Iran (Group A) 12:40 a.m. ET Peacock, NBCOlympics.com
Australia vs. Italy (Group B) 11:30 a.m. ET (tape delay) NBC Sports Network
United States vs. Iran (Group A) 3 p.m. ET (replay) NBC
France vs. Czech Republic (Group A) 5:15 p.m. ET (tape delay) NBC Sports Network
United States vs. Iran (Group A) 11:30 p.m. ET (replay) NBC Sports Network

July 31

Event Time Channel
United States vs. Czech Republic (Group A) 8 a.m. ET Peacock, NBCOlympics.com
United States vs. Czech Republic (Group A) 4 p.m. ET (replay) NBC
Australia vs. Germany (Group B) 10:30 a.m. ET USA

August 1

Event Time Channel
United States vs. Czech Republic (Group A) 1:45 a.m. ET (replay) NBC Sports Network

August 2

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Men’s quarterfinals 12:40 a.m. ET Peacock

August 3

Event Time Channel
Men’s quarterfinals 10:45 p.m. ET (replay) NBC Sports Network

August 4

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Men’s semifinals 12:15 a.m. ET Peacock

August 5

Event Time Channel
Men’s semifinals 6 p.m. ET (replay) USA
Men’s semifinals 11 p.m. ET (replay) NBC Sports Network

August 6

Event Time Channel
Men’s gold medal game 10:30 p.m. ET NBC, Peacock

August 7

Event Time Channel
Men’s gold medal game 6 p.m. ET (replay) NBC Sports Network

August 8

Event Time Channel
Men’s gold medal game 1:30 a.m. ET (replay) NBC Sports Network

Women’s 5-on-5 Olympic basketball schedule

Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird for Team USA.
Diana Taurasi (left) and Sue Bird compete for Team USA.

July 27

Event Time Channel
United States vs. Nigeria (Group B) 12:40 a.m ET USA
United States vs. Nigeria (Group B) 2:45 a.m. ET (replay) NBC Sports Network
United States vs. Nigeria (Group B) 4:15 p.m. ET (replay) USA

July 30

Event Time Channel
United States vs. Japan (Group B) 12:40 a.m ET

USA

United States vs. Japan (Group B) 4:15 p.m. ET (replay)

NBC Sports Network

United States vs. Japan (Group B) 8 p.m. ET (replay)

NBC Sports Network

July 31

Event Time Channel
Canada vs. Spain (Group A) 11:30 p.m. p.m. ET USA

August 2

Event Time Channel
United States vs. France (Group B) 12:40 a.m. ET USA
United States vs. France (Group B) 4 p.m. ET (replay) USA
United States vs. France (Group B) 11 p.m. ET (replay) NBC Sports Network

August 4

Event Time Channel
Women’s quarterfinals 6 p.m. ET on (replay) USA
Women’s quarterfinals 10 p.m. ET (replay) NBC Sports Network

August 6

Event Time Channel
Women’s semifinals 10 a.m. ET USA
Women’s semifinals 4:15 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET NBC Sports Network

August 7

Event Time Channel
Women’s gold medal game 8 p.m. ET NBC

August 8

Event Time Channel
Women’s gold medal game 9 a.m. ET (replay) USA

3-on-3 Olympic basketball schedule

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A 3×3 basketball test event in Japan in May 2021.

July 24

Event Time Channel
Men’s and women’s pool play 12:30 a.m. ET (tape delay) NBC Sports Network
US vs. Mongolia and US vs. France 8 p.m. ET CNBC
Basketball and archery elimination rounds 10:40 p.m. ET USA

July 25

Event Time Channel
Men’s and women’s pool play 4 a.m. ET (tape delay) NBC Sports Network

July 27

Event Time Channel
United States vs. Japan 4 a.m. ET CNBC
Men’s and women’s pool play 6:30 a.m. ET (tape delay) NBC Sports Network

July 28

Event Time Channel
Men’s and women’s semifinals games 5:30 a.m. ET USA
Gold and bronze medal games 8 p.m. ET NBC Sports
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‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ stars LeBron James and the Looney Tunes in a new family adventure – you can watch the movie on HBO Max starting July 16

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“Space Jam: A New Legacy” stars LeBron James and the Looney Tunes.

  • “Space Jam: A New Legacy” will premiere on HBO Max and in theaters on July 16.
  • NBA icon LeBron James and the Looney Tunes star in this sequel to the 1997 family film.
  • You need the ad-free HBO Max plan ($15/month) to stream new theatrical releases like “Space Jam 2.”

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Nearly 25 years after the original “Space Jam” debuted, a sequel is finally arriving in theaters and on HBO Max. The new movie, titled “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” premieres on July 16. You can stream it for one month at no extra cost with HBO Max’s ad-free plan ($15/month).

The original movie starred basketball legend Michael Jordan, but the sequel features current NBA icon LeBron James as its new lead. In “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” James teams up with Warner Bros’ Looney Tunes characters for a basketball game against a group of digitized stars nicknamed the Goon Squad. The fate of James’ son, played by actor Cedric Joe, and the Looney Tunes themselves, will be decided by the outcome of the game.

Much like the original “Space Jam,” the Goon Squad characters are inspired by real NBA and WNBA players, including Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis, Diana Taurasi, and Nneka Ogwumike. “Space Jam: A New Legacy” also stars Don Cheadle, Khris Davis, and Sonequa Martin-Green.

Where to watch ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’

“Space Jam: A New Legacy” will premiere in theaters and on HBO Max on July 16. To watch the movie at home, you’ll need the ad-free HBO Max plan. “Space Jam: A New Legacy” will be available to stream until August 17.

The HBO Max ad-free plan costs $15 a month for on-demand access to thousands of movies and TV shows. A cheaper, ad-supported plan is available for $10 a month, but it doesn’t include Warner’s theatrical releases.

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You can watch HBO Max using the dedicated app on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple devices, Android, Xbox, PlayStation, Chromecast, and most smart TVs. You can also visit HBOMax.com to stream via your computer browser.

“Space Jam: A New Legacy” will be available to stream in 4K with support for Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and HDR10 formats on compatible devices.

What else is coming to HBO Max?

Warner Bros. will continue to bring its new theatrical releases to HBO Max throughout 2021. “The Suicide Squad” will arrive on August 6 while “The Many Saints of Newark,” a prequel film to HBO’s “The Sopranos,” will be released on October 1. “Malignant,” a new horror movie by “The Conjuring” producer James Wan, is due out in September.

The service is also home to several original series, including a brand-new reboot of “Gossip Girl.”

You can find more details on HBO Max in our full HBO Max guide and our HBO Max review.

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How to watch the NBA Finals without a cable subscription

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Giannis Antetokounmpo goes to the basket as Chris Paul looks on in game 2 of the NBA Finals.

  • The 2021 NBA Finals are now underway between the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks.
  • You can watch the remaining NBA Finals on ABC and ESPN3.
  • Many internet providers offer ESPN3 for free, and Sling is the cheapest streaming service with the channel.

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The 2020-21 NBA regular season concluded on May 16 and the Finals began on July 6. Remaining games are being broadcast live on ABC and ESPN3.

The Chris Paul-led Phoenix Suns defeated LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, NBA MVP Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets, and the Los Angeles Clippers to represent the Western Conference in the Finals. In the Eastern Conference, the Milwaukee Bucks beat the star-studded Brooklyn Nets, the Miami Heat team that eliminated them last year, and the surprising Atlanta Hawks to earn their first Finals appearance since 1974.

You can see the full 2021 NBA playoff bracket below, including the matchups following the play-in tournament that ended on May 21.

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The 2020-21 NBA playoff bracket.

Key dates for the 2020-21 NBA season

The 2020-21 NBA season is coming to a close with the Finals now in full swing. Here’s a rundown of key post-season dates.

  • May 22 – NBA playoffs officially began
  • July 8 – NBA Finals began
  • July 22 – NBA Finals Game Seven, if necessary

How to watch the 2021 NBA Finals

The NBA Finals are being broadcast live on ABC and ESPN3. ABC is available through several subscription streaming services without cable, and you may be able to stream the game online for free via ESPN3 depending on your internet provider. You can see if your internet provider includes ESPN3 here.

You can also stream the NBA Finals via the ESPN app, ABC.com, or the ABC app if you already pay for those channels through your TV provider.

If you don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, you can sign up for a live TV streaming service with access to ABC and/or ESPN3, like Sling TV, AT&T TV, Hulu + Live TV, Fubo TV, or YouTube TV, to watch the Finals live.

Sling TV

Sling TV includes ESPN3 as part of its Orange plan for $35 a month. Sling doesn’t include ABC, but NBA Finals airing on that network are simulcast on ESPN3.

New Sling subscribers can get their first month for a discounted rate of just $10, which makes Sling one of the cheapest options for people who just want to stream the NBA Finals.

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YouTube TV

YouTubeTV offers channels like ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV for $65 a month, providing full access to all of the major broadcast and cable networks that show NBA games, including the Finals.

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Hulu + Live TV

Hulu + Live TV features access to channels like ESPN, TNT, and ABC for $65 a month, offering full access to the NBA Finals. However, NBA TV is not offered which could be an issue for viewers who want to catch more games during the regular season.

On the plus side, Hulu + Live TV does include access to Hulu’s entire on-demand library of shows and movies. You can also bundle Hulu with ESPN+ and Disney Plus for an extra $8 a month.

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Fubo TV

Fubo TV includes ABC under its Starter plan for $65 a month, so you can catch the NBA Finals. On the downside, TNT is not currently available, which could be an issue for fans who want to watch games during the regular season and playoffs.

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AT&T TV

AT&T TV is one of the most comprehensive options for streaming the NBA all season long. Plans start at $70 a month, but NBA fans who want access to the most games will need the Choice plan for $85 a month. This package includes ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV.

That said, viewers who just need ABC or ESPN3 to watch the Finals have cheaper options to consider.

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2021 NBA Finals schedule

The 2021 NBA Finals began on July 8. You can find dates and times for the remaining games below.

Wednesday, July 14

Game Four: Phoenix Suns at Milwaukee Bucks, 9 p.m. ET on ABC and ESPN3

Saturday, July 17

Game Five: Milwaukee Bucks at Phoenix Suns, 9 p.m. ET on ABC and ESPN3

Tuesday, July 20

Game Six (if necessary): Phoenix Suns at Milwaukee Bucks, 9 p.m. ET on ABC and ESPN3

Thursday, July 22

Game Seven (if necessary): Milwaukee Bucks at Phoenix Suns, 9 p.m. ET on ABC and ESPN3

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The WNBA is more popular than ever, but watching the games on League Pass is an absolute nightmare. ‘It sucks being a fan’

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Guard Jazmine Jones of the New York Liberty shoots defended by guard Erica Wheeler of the Los Angeles Sparks on June 20, 2021.

  • The WNBA is more popular than ever. During any game, Twitter is overtaken by complaints about the league’s steaming platform.
  • WNBA League Pass has myriad problems that frustrate even the most ardent fans.
  • Highlights reels often favor white players, while the announcer regularly mispronounces players’ names.
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The WNBA is in its 25th season and more people are watching than ever.

But fans say that WNBA League Pass – the WNBA’s streaming platform and app – is not doing the sport any favors.

Local games are blacked out so that, without a cable subscription, such that fans in New England, for example, can’t watch the Connecticut Sun. Users have to repeatedly sign in to use the platform, sometimes multiple times per game, and can’t be logged in on more than one device at a time. So, if someone logs in on their phone to check a score, it will log them out on their AppleTV app.

The volume of the highlight packages played during commercial breaks is so poorly balanced that it’s 10 times louder than the broadcast itself. And the highlights don’t automatically update, so – for first month of the season – fans were stuck watching the same few highlights. Those clips heavily featured New York Liberty’s Sabrina Ionescu, a white player, reinforcing the league and the media’s tendency to over-promote white players at the expense of the Black players, who make up the majority of the WNBA.

During any game, Twitter is overtaken by complaints about the platform.

“Hey @WNBA your league pass audio levels are a hot mess,” a Minnesota Lynx fan account tweeted on July 3. “Every commercial break is twice as loud as the game. This has been an issue since the season started over a month ago.”

“Between the Sabrina highlights and the jersey reveal, WNBA League Pass I am tired,” another user said. “I can recite it at this point.”

“I shouldn’t need a subscription to Amazon Prime, CBS Sports, Bally Sports, and whoever else to watch all the games ‘in my region,'” a fan from Houston told Insider.

For anyone who cares about the WNBA, which has long fought against sexism to be seen as more than playing second fiddle to the men in the NBA, the problems that plague League Pass speak to a larger issue. The league is exciting, the players are fun, and the quality of play is superb; there are a lot of reasons to love this league, but you wouldn’t always know it based on the way it is promoted and supported.

This season, which runs from May to September, over 100 games will be nationally televised-the most in league history. For the first five games aired on ESPN this year, viewership was up 74% over 2020 and up 45% from 2019, while, on ABC, numbers are up 28% from last year.

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Jonquel Jones of the Connecticut Sun reacts to a play against the Washington Mystics on June 30, 2021 in Washington, DC.

The remaining games, which are not airing on a national platform, are available on League Pass, which costs $16.99 for the season.

Just before the start of the season, League Pass relaunched a huge redesign: fans could watch up to four games at once, statistics appeared on the screen, and there was a library of games going back to 2015.

But the overhaul failed to address several key user experience issues, including volume balance.

There’s also evidence of sloppiness: The version of the app that runs on AppleTV app displays a lot of the old Cyclone font branding and even the old Seattle Storm logo – both of which have been retired by the league. “Things like that, which are as simple as an artwork asset swap before an update, feel like sloppy oversights,” said Eric Schwarz, an Indiana Fever fan from Indianapolis.

When Schwarz complained to customer support about the volume isse, the response was less than satisfying: “We ask to please bring the volume to low when the game is about to go on break.”

For a sport that is desperately trying to grow the game and garner the respect it deserves, the quality of League Pass is a glaring oversight.

“The fact that nothing gets fixed, how do you expect to keep your new fans if every time they watch League Pass they are locked out, their screen goes black, they get signed out, or they have an issue where they can’t watch the games?” WNBA writer Drew Ivery said on a recent episode of the Leading With The W podcast. “If I were a new consumer, it would be hard to keep me.”

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Alysha Clark and Jewell Loyd of the Seattle Storm wear t-shirts honoring Breonna Taylor prior to Game Two of their Third Round playoff against the Minnesota Lynx on Sept. 24, 2020.

On its website, Turner Sports – which owns NBA Media Ventures and League Pass, and is a division of WarnerMedia and AT&T – says it is “giving fans the best content and experiences on the best platforms in sports.”

“WNBA League Pass is an integral part of the WNBA’s multimedia landscape,” Phil Cook, WNBA Chief Marketing Officer, told Insider. “As it relates to our digital footprint, we have a longer-term road map to transform our digital offerings and to continuously improve the fan experience.”

The league declined to answer specific questions about who is responsible for managing League Pass and addressing user issues, or how large the team who works on the platform is. A source within the league acknowledged that the league is aware that “the commercial break highlight experience could be improved” and also said the WNBA is working “with the appropriate resources” to create more highlights and to fix audio issues.

The viewing experience is so bad that some fans said they’ve stopped watching games that air on League Pass – or they’ll wait until the games are available on-demand.

“I have a disorder that comes with a sensitivity to sound, so if I have a game on and I don’t get to the remote in time, I get overstimulated and overwhelmed pretty much immediately when those loud commercials come on,” said Christine Salek, a freelance sports writer. “This season especially, if I see a game is on League Pass, it’s gotten to the point that I’ll just not watch. It ruins the experience for me to have to be on alert at all times just to watch a game unscathed.”

And it’s not just that the highlight packages are too loud; they’re also incredibly repetitive.

For the first month after the season kicked off on May 14, fans were subjected to the same few clips over and over again, all from the first two weeks of the season. Fans that wanted to relive the six buzzer beaters in the first month of the season were left watching multiple clips that focused on a single player, Ionescu.

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Forward Nia Coffey of the Los Angeles Sparks handles the ball defended by center Kia Vaughn of the Phoenix Mercury on June 18, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

This might have simply been frustrating, but Black players are routinely promoted and written about at a lower rate than their white teammates. According to an analysis published in May in the Sports Business Journal, Black WNBA players won 80% of postseason awards, including Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year, and make up 80% of the league. Yet the three players most mentioned in media coverage are all white.

After the first month, League Pass did switch up the highlight packages, featuring a much larger and more diverse range of players, but the same package plays back-to-back.

The announcer who reads League Pass’ “Top 5” countdowns regularly mispronounces the players names-one recent clip bungled the names of both the Dallas Wings’ Satou Sabally and the New York Liberty’s Betnijah Laney. It’s bad enough when the mispronunciations come from broadcasters; it’s even worse when it’s happening on the league’s own streaming platform.

Despite the major user experience issues on the streaming platform, there are a lot of things fans like about the service. The flat rate of $16.99 is a huge selling point, making it accessible to more fans.

Fans and media members are doing what they can to make sure League Pass is available to the ever-growing fanbase. Subscriptions to The Next, an independent newsroom dedicated exclusively to women’s basketball, comes with a League Pass subscription.

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Natasha Cloud of the Washington Mystics and Candace Parker of the Chicago Sky dive for a loose ball on May 15, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Terrika Foster-Brasby, the espnW Around the Rim podcast host, teamed up with Alexis Robinson, the owner of One Brand Agency, on a “pay it forward” campaign to give away League Pass subscriptions to fans who couldn’t afford it. As Foster-Brasby told ESPN in May, “people find it hard to find or access the games” and “would watch more WNBA if they knew where the games were airing.” In the end, they gave away over 350 subscriptions.

Some fans mentioned they’d be willing to pay more for a better quality app, or other features like a way to stream games on AT&T U-Verse, like they can for NBA games, or on other apps or consoles like X-Box, Roku, or Firestick-which NBA League Pass is also compatible with, and would make it easier for fans to watch the games on a TV rather than a computer or tablet.

“The WNBA could definitely attract more eyes if they made it easier on us,” Travis Ostrander, an Indiana Fever fan living in North Carolina. “Furthermore, I’d be able to entice friends to watch if I just had it on the TV during game nights or cookouts.”

At this point in the league’s existence, fans are ready for more.

As Schwarz, the Indiana Fever fan, puts it: “I’m getting a little sick of the ‘well, it’s great they’re being broadcast’ attitude that some fans have. With the player name misspellings, mispronunciations, using the wrong photos, it just makes it seem like no one running the whole thing actually watches the games.”

“And, it sucks being a fan who cares and I would hope the people getting paid also care.”

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How to watch the WNBA season without cable

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Natasha Cloud of the Washington Mystics drives up the court.

  • The WNBA season began on May 14 and will continue through October after a break for the Olympics.
  • Select WNBA games air nationally on ABC, ESPN2, CBS Sports Network, NBA TV, and Prime Video.
  • You can stream games that aren’t televised nationally all season long with WNBA League Pass for $17.

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The 2021 WNBA season is here, with teams returning to their home arenas after playing all of last season in Orlando, Florida.

WNBA League Pass is the easiest way to stream regular season games. The League Pass website and app let you watch games from all 12 WNBA teams for just $17. That said, the service is subject to blackout restrictions for nationally televised and local games. It includes replays for these matchups, however, along with live DVR and multi-game viewing so you can catch up on any action you missed.

Regular season WNBA games air nationally on cable networks like ESPN2, YES, and CBS Sports Network, but some are also available on streaming services like Amazon Prime Video. If you don’t have cable, you can access select channels through a live TV streaming service like Hulu + Live TV, Fubo TV, and YouTube TV.

Amazon Prime Video will air a WNBA game each week during the season (16 in total) as well as the league’s inaugural Commissioner’s Cup tournament on August 12. The first game on Prime Video will be a meeting between the New York Liberty and Atlanta Dream on May 29. You can see a full list of the WNBA games on Amazon Prime here.

WNBA regular season dates

This year’s WNBA season will be split in two halves to give players a chance to compete in the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo; the first half began May 14 and will end on July 11 for the Olympic break.

After the Olympics, the WNBA season will resume on August 15 with the playoffs scheduled to begin September 23. The eight teams with the best record at the end of the season will make the playoffs, regardless of conference. The four top performing teams receive byes during the early playoff rounds as well. You can see a full breakdown of the WNBA playoff format on the league website.

  • May 14 – WNBA regular season begins
  • July 11 – Regular season pauses for Olympic Break
  • August 12 – WNBA Commissioner’s Cup
  • August 15 – WNBA regular season resumes
  • September 23 – WNBA Playoffs Begin
  • October 19 – WNBA Finals conclude

How to watch the WNBA season

WNBA League Pass will let you stream select WNBA games from every team during the season for a set fee. WNBA League Pass costs $10 for access to a single team’s games, and $17 for access to the entire league schedule, including live DVR and multi-game viewing for the full season. You can also buy a pass for a single game for $2.

That said, League Pass won’t let you watch nationally broadcast WNBA games live. Those matchups can be streamed on-demand after they’ve been televised.

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WNBA regular season games scheduled for national broadcast air on a variety of network and cable channels, including ABC, ESPN2, CBS Sports Network, and NBA TV. If you’re already a cable subscriber with access to those channels, streaming options are included through your TV provider.

If you don’t have a cable or satellite TV subscription, you can sign up for a live TV streaming service to watch games. Hulu + Live TV, Fubo TV, and YouTube TV are the only options that include CBS Sports Network. That said, Hulu is missing NBA TV.

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Amazon will stream 16 pre-selected WNBA games for Prime subscribers during the regular season. Those games will be available to watch through local affiliates as well. Prime Video will also air the first WNBA Commissioner’s Cup, an in-season tournament with $500,000 in prize money on the line. Prime costs $13 a month or $120 per year, but new users can get a 30-day trial.

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Some WNBA teams also have local affiliates that let you watch all of their games, like the New York Liberty via YES Network, and the Washington Mystics via NBC Washington. Local affiliates will also air games scheduled for Amazon Prime. In a unique case, the Indiana Fever is providing a free stream for fans in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky.

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Knicks fan who used bitcoin to buy tickets in 2013 lost out on almost $30,000 worth of profit

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  • A 2013 purchase of basketball tickets using bitcoin meant Alex Taub lost out on almost $30,000.
  • At the time, he felt like he was getting into Madison Square Garden for free, essentially.
  • When asked if he’ll ever pay with crypto again, he told CNBC it’s “not happening.”
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In 2013, Alex Taub agreed to buy a pair of Christmas day tickets to a New York Knicks game from a friend. At the time, the tickets sold for $550 for third-row seats – a bargain.

But the purchase was no ordinary one. Taub chose to pay in bitcoin, as reported by CNBC.

When Taub bought his tickets eight years ago with 0.7688 bitcoin, one token was valued at about $730. But at the time of writing, one bitcoin is worth $33,730, making the value of those tickets fall within the $30,000 range.

Taub, CEO of professional networking startup, Upstream, told CNBC that at the time, buying the prized Christmas Day tickets without spending any cash gave him the feeling that he was getting into Madison Square Garden for free.

Years later, he was struck with the realization of the deal he made with his friend. In 2017, Taub tweeted that the tickets were “looking like they could become the most overpriced tix of all time” when he noticed they worth $5,000.

Time continues to make the transaction increasingly unbalanced. When bitcoin soared at an all-time high price of $64,829 earlier this year, the bitcoin Taub traded for seats was valued at $49,840, CNBC reported.

“In hindsight, clearly it would be nice to have the money,” he told the outlet. “But at the same time, if you start to harp on this stuff you’re going to be immobilized, you’re going to be frozen and not be able to function.”

When asked if he’ll ever pay with crypto again, he said it’s “not happening.”

“I will not be using speculative currency to buy Knicks tickets again,” he added.

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How to watch the NBA playoffs without a cable subscription

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  • The 2020-21 NBA postseason began on May 18 with a play-in tournament to decide playoff seeding.
  • Play-in tournament games are airing on ESPN and TNT; the playoffs will also air on ABC and NBA TV.
  • Streaming options for the NBA playoffs include live TV services, like AT&T TV, Sling TV, and more.

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The 2020-21 NBA regular season has concluded, leaving 20 teams remaining in the league’s newly adopted postseason format. Before the playoffs officially begin, the league is hosting a play-in tournament to decide the final seeding of the 2021 playoff bracket.

You can see the full 2021 NBA Playoff bracket below, including the matchups for the play-in tournament that began on May 18. So far, the Los Angeles Lakers have won the seventh seed in the Western Conference, while the Boston Celtics earned the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference.

NBA Play-in tournament

Last year, the NBA was able to finish the regular season and playoffs with 22 teams at a quarantined site in Orlando, Florida, but teams have been traveling for games this season and fans have been in attendance at some arenas. The NBA installed a detailed protocol to handle coronavirus outbreaks prior to the season and has revised guidance as necessary.

Key dates remaining in the 2020-21 NBA season

May 18 to 21 – Playoff play-in tournament

May 22 – NBA Playoffs officially begin

July 22 – NBA Finals Game Seven, if necessary

2021 NBA play-in tournament schedule

NBA play-in tournament games will be shown on TNT and ESPN.

Friday, May 21

  • (9) Memphis Grizzlies at (8) Golden State Warriors, 9 p.m. ET on ESPN

How to watch the 2021 NBA playoffs

This year’s NBA Playoffs will air on TNT, ESPN, ABC, ESPN 3, and NBA TV. Scheduling information will be announced once the play-in tournament is completed on May 21.

You can stream playoff games via the ESPN app, NBA.com, TNT.com, ABC.com, or the ABC app if you already pay for those channels through your TV provider. Games broadcast on ABC will also be available to stream via ESPN3, which is free through most popular internet providers.

If you don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, you can sign up for a live TV streaming service with access to one or more of those channels, like Sling TV, AT&T TV, Hulu + Live TV, Fubo TV, or YouTube TV to watch games live.

AT&T TV

AT&T TV is one of the most comprehensive options for streaming the NBA. Plans start at $70 a month, but NBA fans who want access to the most games will need the Choice plan for $85 a month. This package includes ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV.

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YouTube TV

YouTubeTV offers ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV for $65 a month, providing full access to all of the major broadcast and cable networks that show NBA playoff games.

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Sling TV

Sling TV includes ESPN and TNT as part of its Orange plan for $35 a month. Sling doesn’t include ABC, but NBA playoff games airing on that network will be simulcast on ESPN 3, which is included with Sling’s Orange plan. Subscribers can add NBA TV via the Sling Sports Extra package for an additional $11 a month.

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Hulu + Live TV

Hulu + Live TV features access to ESPN, TNT, and ABC for $65 a month. However, NBA TV is not offered. On the plus side, Hulu + Live TV does include access to Hulu’s entire on-demand library of shows and movies. You can also bundle ESPN+ and Disney Plus with the service for an extra $8 a month.

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Fubo TV

Fubo TV includes ESPN, ABC, and NBA TV for $80 a month under its Elite plan. On the downside, TNT is not currently available.

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NBA TV

If you just need access to NBA TV or are only interested in watching the games televised on that network, you can sign up to stream the NBA TV channel directly. The service costs $7 a month or $20 for the rest of the season.

2021 NBA playoff schedule

The NBA playoffs will officially begin on May 22. Dates listed in the schedule below only go up to game four of the first-round playoff series. Later games in each series will be added as times are confirmed.

The two top-seeded teams, the Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers, will know their first-round opponents after the conclusion of the play-in tournament.

Saturday, May 22

  • (6) Miami Heat at (3) Milwaukee Bucks, 2 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • (5) Dallas Mavericks at (4) Los Angeles Clippers, 4:30 p.m. on ESPN
  • (7) Boston Celtics at (2) Brooklyn Nets, 8 p.m. ET on ABC/ESPN 3
  • (6) Portland Trail Blazers at (3) Denver Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

Sunday, May 23

  • TBD at (1) Philadelphia 76ers, 1 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • (7) Los Angeles Lakers at (2) Phoenix Suns, 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC/ESPN 3
  • (5) Atlanta Hawks at (4) New York Knicks, 7 p.m. ET on TNT
  • TBD at (1) Utah Jazz, 9:30 p.m. ET on TNT

Monday, May 24

  • (6) Miami Heat at (3) Milwaukee Bucks, 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT
  • (6) Portland Trail Blazers at (3) Denver Nuggets, 10 p.m. ET on TNT

Tuesday, May 25

  • (7) Boston Celtics at (2) Brooklyn Nets, 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT
  • (7) Los Angeles Lakers at (2) Phoenix Suns, 10 p.m. ET on ABC/ESPN 3
  • (5) Dallas Mavericks at (4) Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 p.m. on NBA TV

Wednesday, May 26

  • TBD at (1) Philadelphia 76ers, 7 p.m. ET on NBA TV
  • (5) Atlanta Hawks at (4) New York Knicks, 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT
  • TBD at (1) Utah Jazz, 10 p.m. ET on TNT

Thursday, May 27

  • (3) Milwaukee Bucks at (6) Miami Heat, 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT
  • (2) Phoenix Suns at (7) Los Angeles Lakers, 10 p.m. ET on TNT
  • (3) Denver Nuggets at (6) Portland Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. ET on NBA TV

Friday, May 28

  • (4) New York Knicks at (5) Atlanta Hawks, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • (2) Brooklyn Nets at (7) Boston Celtics, 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC/ESPN 3
  • (4) Los Angeles Clippers at (5) Dallas Mavericks, 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

Saturday, May 29

  • (3) Milwaukee Bucks at (6) Miami Heat, 1:30 p.m. ET on TNT
  • (3) Denver Nuggets at (6) Portland Trail Blazers, 4 p.m. ET on TNT
  • (1) Philadelphia 76ers at TBD
  • (1) Utah Jazz at TBD

Sunday, May 30

  • (4) New York Knicks at (5) Atlanta Hawks, 1 p.m. ET on ABC/ESPN 3
  • (2) Phoenix Suns at (7) Los Angeles Lakers, 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC
  • (2) Brooklyn Nets at (7) Boston Celtics, 7 p.m. ET on TNT
  • (4) Los Angeles Clippers at (5) Dallas Mavericks, 9:30 p.m. ET on TNT
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March Madness 2021 concludes with the Men’s NCAA Championship Game tonight on CBS – here’s how to watch live without cable

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  • March Madness 2021 will come to a close with the Men’s NCAA Championship Game tonight at 9 p.m. ET.
  • You can watch the game live on CBS through cable or select streaming services like Paramount Plus.
  • Paramount Plus starts at $6 a month for ad-supported streaming.

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March Madness 2021 reaches its conclusion with the Men’s NCAA Championship Game tonight on CBS. You can watch the game live at 9 p.m. ET on cable, or via streaming services with access to CBS, including Paramount Plus. You can sign up for Paramount Plus for as little as $6 a month.

After canceling the annual event for the first time in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA revived its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments for 2021 with precautions in place. Rather than splitting tournament games across several different cities, the NCAA invited all 68 qualifying men’s teams to Indianapolis and the 64 women’s teams to San Antonio.

The Women’s NCAA Championship Game was held on April 4 between the Stanford Cardinal and Arizona Wildcats. Stanford won the game with a final score of 54-53.

March Madness 2021 dates and times

March Madness 2021 began with the First Four on March 18. The Women’s NCAA Championship Game was broadcast on April 4 at 6 p.m. ET. The tournament reaches its end with the Men’s NCAA Championship Game tonight at 9 p.m. ET.

The Men’s Championship Game will pit the Baylor Bears against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

How to watch March Madness 2021 Championship Game: Baylor vs. Gonzaga

March Madness will conclude with the Men’s NCAA Championship Game tonight at 9 p.m. ET on CBS. If you don’t have cable or satellite, there are several streaming services you can use.

One of the cheapest options to watch the Men’s NCAA Championship Game is Paramount Plus. The service offers live CBS streaming and on-demand content with ads for just $6 a month. You can get ad-free on-demand streaming for $10 a month.

For detailed impressions on Paramount Plus, check out our full Paramount Plus review and our Paramount Plus guide.

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Another option to stream CBS is Hulu + Live TV. This service offers around 65 channels for $65 a month. You get to watch on two devices at once, and new members get a free one-week trial.

The service also includes access to Hulu’s entire on-demand library of movies and shows.

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Youtube TV features a total of over 85 channels for $65 a month, including CBS. You can get two weeks free up front if you’re new, and you get three simultaneous streams.

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Fubo TV also include access to live CBS streaming in its packages. The service costs $65 a month for its Starter plan with around 120 channels, support for three devices at the same time, and 250 hours of cloud DVR storage. New members can get a free one-week trial.

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March Madness 2021 nears its end with the Final Four this weekend – here’s how to watch every game without cable

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  • The 2021 NCAA Basketball tournament, commonly known as March Madness, began on March 18.
  • This weekend, the men’s Final Four will air on CBS, while the women’s Final Four will air on ESPN.
  • To stream all the games through a single app, we recommend Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV.

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March Madness is nearing its conclusion as the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball tournaments are both down to their Final Four. The women’s Final Four will play first on April 2 with ESPN airing the game live from San Antonio, Texas; CBS will broadcast the Men’s Final Four on April 3 from Indianapolis, Indiana.

After canceling the annual event for the first time in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA revived its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments with precautions in place. Rather than splitting tournament games across several different cities, the NCAA invited all 68 qualifying men’s teams to Indianapolis and the 64 women’s teams to San Antonio.

If you don’t already have access to CBS through your TV provider, you can stream the men’s Final Four and national championship game with a Paramount Plus subscription starting at $6 a month. The women’s Final Four and championship game will only air on ESPN, so if you’re not a cable subscriber you’ll need to pay for a service like Sling, Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV to watch live.

March Madness 2021 dates and times

March Madness 2021 began with the First Four on March 18 and continues with the Final Four this weekend. The tournament will conclude with the Men’s NCAA Championship Game on April 5.

The men’s Final Four will feature a clash of two Texas schools when Houston plays Baylor, while a surprising UCLA team will continue its run towards the school’s 12th tournament championship against Gonzaga, an undefeated powerhouse.

In the women’s tournament, three of the four top seeded teams remain, including the perennial favorite UConn Huskies, led by freshman and AP Player of the Year Paige Bueckers.

Below you can find a chart of the remaining games, dates, and times for the 2021 NCAA Basketball Tournament, as laid out by the official March Madness website.

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Women’s Final Four:
South Carolina (1) vs. Stanford (1)

6 p.m. ET on April 2 ESPN

Women’s Final Four:
Arizona (3) vs. UConn (1)

9:30 p.m. ET on April 2 ESPN

Men’s Final Four:
Houston (2) vs. Baylor (1)

5:14 p.m. ET on April 3 CBS

Men’s Final Four: UCLA (11) vs. Gonzaga (1)

8:34 p.m. ET on April 3 CBS
Women’s Championship Game 6 p.m. ET on April 4 ESPN
Men’s Championship Game 9 p.m. ET on April 5 CBS

How to watch March Madness 2021

The remaining men’s March Madness 2021 games are airing on CBS, while the remaining women’s games are being broadcast on ESPN.

If you don’t have cable or satellite, and you want a single streaming service with access to all of the women’s and men’s March Madness games, Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV will be your best bet.

If you just need access to the men’s games, Paramount Plus is your cheapest option. If you just need access to the women’s games, Sling Orange is your most affordable option.

Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV both offer every March Madness game

Hulu + Live TV offers around 65 channels for $65 a month, including CBS and ESPN. You get to watch on two devices at once, and new members get a free one-week trial. The service also includes access to Hulu’s entire on-demand library of movies and shows.

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Youtube TV features a total of over 85 channels for $65 a month, including CBS and ESPN. You can get two weeks free up front if you’re new, and you get three simultaneous streams.

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You can use Paramount Plus to watch the March Madness games on CBS

If you just want access to the men’s March Madness games on CBS, one of your cheapest options is Paramount Plus. The service offers live CBS streaming along with some exclusive on-demand content for plans starting at just $6 a month.

You can find more information about Paramount Plus in our full guide here.

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You can use Sling Orange to watch the March Madness games on ESPN

If you just want access to the women’s March Madness games on ESPN, Sling TV’s Orange plan is your cheapest streaming option. Sling Orange offers live ESPN along with several other channels for $35 a month. New members can get their first month of service for just $25.

You can find more information about Sling in our full breakdown of Sling TV channels.

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