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Thursday, March 28th, 2013 at 4:44 pm  |  47 responses

WNBA Unveils New Logo, Extends Partnership with ESPN


The WNBA has signed a six-year extension with ESPN, separate from the network’s NBA deal. Under the new deal, the WNBA will reportedly get $12 million annually through the 2022 season, according to Sports Business Daily. The network is planning to unveil a “3 to See” campaign this season to highlight incoming rookies Elena Delle Donne (Delaware), Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame) and Brittney Griner (Baylor).

The W also released a new logo that reflects the ”the diversity and athleticism of today’s WNBA,” according to WNBA President Laurel Richie. Check that out, along with the WNBA’s official announcement below:

“The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and ESPN have extended their partnership for another six years, paving the way for WNBA games to be televised on ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2 through 2022. The announcement was made today by John Skipper, President of ESPN, Inc. and Co-Chairman of the Disney Media Networks, and Laurel J. Richie, WNBA President. The new agreement, which extends the WNBA’s television relationship with ESPN to 26 years, coincides with the first-ever primetime telecast of the WNBA Draft presented by State Farm on Monday, April 15 at 8 p.m. ET. Up to 30 live games will be televised on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 each season, including exclusive telecasts of the WNBA Finals presented by Boost Mobile.

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“Along with the extended ESPN agreement, the WNBA is also introducing a new brand identity. The refreshed identity reflects how far the level of play has come in 16 years as stronger, more agile players have made the game more competitive. The cornerstone of the new WNBA visual identity is a more modern “Logowoman” — the player silhouette within the logo — that better embodies the athleticism and diversity of today’s WNBA players while leveraging the distinctive orange-and-oatmeal color scheme of the league’s iconic game ball. Debuting on Monday, April 1 in support of the upcoming 2013 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm, the new identity will be seen across all WNBA assets, including team uniforms, broadcast, digital, signage and print materials. WNBA teams will adapt the new WNBA logo to their colors to communicate their affiliation with the league.”

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  • http://twitter.com/ChillFrom91Til Allan

    Whos the Logo?

  • http://twitter.com/stepfdelaghetto Stepfan Raiford

    Tamika Catchings?

  • Sean B

    Sheryl Swoopes or Cynthia Cooper lol.

  • http://twitter.com/NaijaAdditude Mr. E

    I want to say Tamika Catchings

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah buddy, lol i’m actually excited, Britney Griner is coming to Phoenix. Hopefully she’s more Wilt Chamberlain then Greg Oden and this city can experience some consistent winning.

  • 23

    Maya moore was my first guess

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    she has a deeeep voice!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you sound jealous.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    As long as ESPN shows Skylar Diggins and Britney Griner’s games, all good.

  • RayJr

    Griner for the jam! She’s a beast of a woman.

  • RedDragon10

    Will Elena delle donne go to the WNBA?

  • roscoe

    tamika > chalmers

  • AndyK415

    Yup the Lynx is the only championship team we got going on up here at the moment…

  • http://twitter.com/Neitel_17 Nathan Agosto

    by the way the hair looks…it might be a white woman…not trying to disrespect any race, but common! but deep down in my heart I think is no wnba player in particular, nor past or present…..its just a female logo. because if the wnba names a player, all craziness will break lose, because everyone will cry foul on why their fav player isn’t the logo. many folks think west shouldn’t be the nba logo, some think it should be Mike Jordan, some say wilt or kareem…some might even go as far as to say kobe….so, the wnba just made this one up with no past or current female player in mind. my opinion.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    yeah that wasn’t even funny, and nobody cares. She would take you to school.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    did i offend you? look at you defending people that wouldnt care you if you existed. bravo

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    well damn. at 6’8 she better.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I didn’t defend anyone, I made an observation. You seem jealous of her deep voice by irrelevantly pointing that out to me. .
    But you?
    .
    You seem offended with your little passive aggressive remark. That’s who seems offended.

  • initbruv

    Man you post on this site late. Are you as drunk as me right now?!

  • initbruv

    Indiana blew it tonight.

  • Viktor Vaughn

    You seem like you might be a lesbian. No biggie, 21st century playa.

  • Viktor Vaughn

    Your mother blew me.

  • Viktor Vaughn

    Not as drunk as your mother is right next to me. She says hi.

  • Viktor Vaughn

    “Take you to school”. Go back to 1993 you douche.

  • initbruv

    Nice, mom joke. Where’d you come up with that idea?

  • Viktor Vaughn

    Your mom taught me.

  • Ugh

    Totally. That’s why Greg Stiemsma is a better player than LeBron. Because he’s taller.

  • Ugh

    In summary: blahblahblahblahblahblahblah.

  • bike

    Could that logo be Chamique Holdsclaw? That would fulfill the diversity objective.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah that totally killed my only surviving bracket

  • http://twitter.com/Neitel_17 Nathan Agosto

    no one cares about my opinion, I get it…but I don’t care about yours….its simple. we are all entitled to our own opinions, just like ahssoels, everyone has one.

  • pposse

    so im guessing there has been a plummet in bass fishing and bowling views on ESPN

  • Anthony Dixon

    Griner should try and enter the NBA.

  • http://twitter.com/LuisBrownish Luis Moreno

    Maybe he was just repulsed by it like the rest of us.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I’m repulsed by diarrhea, I don’t point it out that you’ve had it for no reason. He didn’t say it for that reason. He meant it to be funny. But .
    It’s not like it was a joke in itself. It itself is an observation. So if it was meant as a joke, that would imply a humorous context in which that observation would qualify. This situation doesn’t have that. .
    It does have him pointing it out for no reason in attempt to be funny. Why that would come up in a totally unrelated situation to him is a personal thing. More likely that a deep voice or the lack of it or some other very male trait is a personal thing for him, so at a subconscious level that quality is the first, and most important aspect of Britney Griner in his mind. Much more likely then he’s grossed out, so he thinks its funny. .
    If you really want to have the discussion of why he said that unprovoked.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    E-mail

  • initbruv

    What?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I comment through e-mail. I only comment actually on Slam during the day and only really when I’m in an argument.

  • You = anus of human centipede

    MF Doom shits in your father’s mouth at night, and your dad shits in yours… and that’s how you get your breakfast. You literally get your daily vitamins by sucking a hairy a$shole.

  • You = anus of human centipede

    F*cking hipster… Go jerk-off to Odd Future in your gentrified apartment with your sweaty neckbeard and lumberjack outfit.

  • Viktor Vaughn

    Lol

  • Viktor Vaughn

    “Why you so stiff, you need to smoke more brethren”

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    height doesnt mean ish. dumb analogy.

    stiemsma 6’11. lebron 6’9.

    griner 6’8. myself 6’0.

    she better be able to do some work.

    dumb ass

  • JB

    Sue Bird

  • DS44

    But will they show more games???

  • http://twitter.com/LuisBrownish Luis Moreno

    lmao. thats why i said maybe.

  • Dondre Straker

    Yes I agree. The new logo is definitely modeled after Griner.

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