How to watch the WNBA season without cable

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FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2019 file photo, Washington Mystics' Natasha Cloud drives up the court against the Las Vegas Aces during the second half of Game 4 of a WNBA playoff basketball in Las Vegas.  Cloud and her WNBA colleagues continue to be active in the fight against social injustice and police brutality, participating in protests and continuing work that they began four years ago. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
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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