Women's Hoops Blog
Jayda Evans covers college and pro women's basketball. While its her first year on the Washington beat, she has covered the Storm since its inception. She'll offer observations, critiques, occasional off-beat tales and answers to select e-mail inquires. Evans also has written a book on the Storm and women's hoops, called "Game On!"
June 3, 2008 8:59 PM
Posted by Jayda Evans
Well, the Storm will be on TV twice locally. FSN announced tonight that it will broadcast the home-and-home games against Detroit on Wednesday and Saturday. The deal continues a relationship that began with the Storm being tacked on to Sonics contracts with the station. Here's the release: Back-to-back games vs. Eastern Conference power Detroit begin tomorrow night
FSN TO BROADCAST STORM GAMES THIS SEASON
Back-to-back games vs. Eastern Conference power Detroit begin tomorrow night
SEATTLE, Tuesday, June 3, 2008 -- The Seattle Storm and FSN today announced that the network will broadcast the two games against the Detroit Shock this week. The first game is against the Shock is tomorrow in Detroit at 4:30 pm PT, followed by a home game at KeyArena on Saturday, June 7 at 7 pm.
"We're proud to announce our first two FSN telecasts this season and we look forward to bringing Storm basketball to fans throughout the Seattle area," said Storm CEO Karen Bryant. "The FSN partnership gives us a chance to showcase our All-Star roster."
Seattle Storm on FSN (all times PT)
Wednesday, June 4 Seattle @ Detroit 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 7 Detroit @ Seattle 7:00 p.m.
In addition to the games broadcast on television locally by FSN Northwest, four of the Storm's games are nationally televised, including Sunday, August 31 against the Connecticut Sun on ESPN2 and Sunday, September 14 against the Los Angeles Sparks on ABC.
About FSN Northwest
FSN Northwest is the cable home of the Seattle Mariners, Seattle SuperSonics, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Storm, Portland Beavers, Portland Timbers, Washington Huskies, Washington State Cougars, Oregon State Beavers and Gonzaga Bulldogs. The region reaches more than 3.4 million cable homes in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. FSN Northwest is a member of the Liberty Sports Group, which also includes the regional sports networks FSN Pittsburgh and FSN Rocky Mountain. The three networks combined reach more than 8.5 million viewers across 17 states and own exclusive programming and distribution partnerships with more than 24 professional and collegiate teams. Liberty Sports Group is a division of Liberty Media Corporation, which owns interests in a broad range of electronic retailing, media, communications and entertainment businesses. For more information, please visit libertysportsgroup.com.
June 3, 2008 4:56 PM
Posted by Jayda Evans
In case you were wondering, we didn't travel for this two-game road trip. Budget. But you can watch the game through the league's broadband pass on your computer. Or if you have MSG, you can catch New York's feed.
The Storm is getting clobbered by the Liberty's zone defense 22-6 after the first quarter -- their worst of the season. Apparently former UCLA star Lisa Willis' family is in attendance and getting tons of air time.
A warning to anyone who wants to listen to the local braodcast while watching the MSG feed through the WNBA, they are a couple minutes apart, so the radio broadcast spoils the online version.
June 3, 2008 10:05 AM
Posted by Jayda Evans
No, the Storm hasn't announced their 2008 TV deal, but word should come soon. Even employees of various TV stations are clueless as to what is going on behind closed doors, though. One employee at Kong 6/16 said they figured to be in the running since the Storm was first on their station back in 2000, but none of the top brass is tipping their hand. The employee did add that most at the station want the Storm because it would help fill out their programming on Channel 16.
But until that announcement is made, how about watching another Candace Parker matchup? The rookie has helped produce four consecutive road sellouts for Los Angeles and will debut in her native Chicago tonight. Playing for the Sky and an expected packed house is No. 2 overall pick Sylvia Fowles. You can catch the action on NBA-TV at 5p.m. (PST).
In talking to Parker's agent, Eric Goodwin, it seems the hype is getting a little annoying for the league's newest star. Her camp would like a little variety in how she's publicized and to wait for big-hit moments. Goodwin also commented that the players should support Parker more. I talked to Storm C Yolanda Griffith about the newest CP3 and she said Parker had to "go through the old G's first." And I'm sure everyone has read the ESPN magazine article where the vets commented about Parker and her first year in the league.
Detroit G Katie Smith added that she's "seen it before," responding sort of ho-hum to what Parker will be able to do off the bat on the court, yet noting that Parker is an incredible player.
Goodwin thinks if the players rally behind Parker, she can lift them all up to the financial and visual popularity every pro athlete seeks. I slightly agree, although I like rookies to earn that respect. Goodwin is known as a masterful marketer of players, but all of the old G's can tell you how hard it is to continually take a backseat to younger stars and not see the love spread around.
"I think there are a lot of players in this league deserving of million-dollar contracts that where here first," said Storm F Shery Swoopes.
Anyway, Chicago fans take a look around the crowd for business suits. Since the area is base for several major corporations like Pepsi, McDonald's, OfficeMax, Allstate, Kraft Foods, and Motorola, don't be surprised to see representatives floating around, enjoying the game and thinking about signing Parker to an endorsement deal. Parker has already racked in a reported $4 million from Adidas and Gatorade.