Prime Video and WNBA Announce All-Star Broadcast Team for 2022 WNBA Commissioners Cup Championship Game Presented by Coinbase on July 26 – WNBA.com
Emmy-winning Sarah Kustok and Michael Grady will serve as senior analysts and play-by-play announcers for the Cup championship
Dawn Staley, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer and University of South Carolina women’s basketball head coach, will contribute as a second analyst
Veteran basketball reporter Zora Stephenson will be the contest’s secondary reporter
WNBA Commissioner’s Cup Championship Game Presented by Coinbase, Featuring Chicago Sky vs. Las Vegas Aces, to Stream Exclusively on Prime Video for the Second Consecutive Year
NEW YORK—July 20, 2022—Today, Prime Video and the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) announced their on-air broadcast team for the second annual WNBA Commissioner’s Cup Championship Game presented by Coinbase, streaming exclusively on Prime Video Tuesday, July 26 at 8:30 p.m. ET. . Emmy-winning Sarah Kustok and Michael Grady will serve as analysts and play-by-play announcers, while Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer and University of Carolina women’s basketball head coach of the South, Dawn Staley, will also contribute as an analyst.
This year, defending WNBA champion Chicago Sky and the Las Vegas Aces will face off in the 2022 Championship Game at Wintrust Arena in Chicago. The Commissioner’s Cup is an in-season competition that designates a portion of the matches in the first half of the season – 10 per team – as Cup play. The teams with the best Cup record from each conference then compete in the Commissioner’s Cup Championship Match presented by Coinbase for a $500,000 prize pool. Two tiebreakers were needed to decide the host of this year’s Championship, in which Sky gained home-court advantage after recording the highest winning percentage in all regular-season games so far. to July 7, at 16-6.
YES Network’s Kustok, a Chicago native and basketball broadcast veteran, will serve as lead analyst for the game. Kustok is a four-time Emmy winner and has served as YES Network’s lead game analyst for the Brooklyn Nets since 2017, following five years as an on-field reporter for the team. In addition to her work with YES Network, she is a regular contributor to regular season TV shows Men’s Big East on FS1, FOX
Sports 1’s First Things First morning show, Sirius XM NBA Radio, We Need to Talk on CBS Sports Network, and the NBA Flashback podcast on iHeart Radio. In 2020, Kustok was named to Cynopsis Media’s “Top Women in Sports” list, which recognizes the best women in media.
Grady will serve as the play-by-play announcer for the Commissioners Cup title match. Grady joined the YES Network in September 2017 as an on-field reporter for the Brooklyn Nets and currently handles play-by-play duties for YES’s WNBA New York Liberty television broadcasts. He won a New York Emmy Award in 2019 as part of the Nets coverage of a season of YES and was nominated for a Sports Reporter Emmy in 2021. Grady also hosts the interview show Appreciate You on digital platforms of YES and the guest hosts a show on SiriusXM. .
Staley will serve as an analyst for the game alongside Kustok and Grady. A former six-time WNBA All-Star and three-time Olympic gold medalist during her playing career, Staley coached NCAA basketball for more than 20 seasons, leading the South Carolina Gamecocks to the championship. NCAA women’s basketball national in 2017 and 2022. .
Zora Stephenson, who is a secondary reporter for the Milwaukee Bucks on Bally Sports Wisconsin, will serve as the secondary reporter for the Commissioner’s Cup. Stephenson made history last season when she became the first woman to play per game for the Bucks when she replaced Jim Paschke in the team’s game against the Atlanta Hawks at Fiserv Forum on 9 april.
“We are honored to host the WNBA Commissioners Cup Championship Game for the second year in a row,” said Marie Donoghue, vice president of Global Sports Video at Amazon. “With All-Star players including Candace Parker of Chicago and Kelsey Plum of Las Vegas, and top-notch on-air talent to call the game, WNBA fans will have plenty to cheer on Prime Video as the Chicago Sky will face the Las Vegas Aces for the 2022 Cup title.”
Prime Video broadcasts a total of 17 nationally televised in-season WNBA games and approximately 30 Seattle Storm games locally in Washington State during the 2022 season. WNBA commissioner presented by Coinbase on July 26, three more games will be broadcast on Prime Video during the remainder of the WNBA season, in addition to selecting the remaining Seattle Storm games for regional fans.
- Sunday, July 31 – Seattle Storm @ Washington Mystics – 3 p.m. ET
- Sunday, August 7 – Atlanta Dream @ Minnesota Lynx – 7 p.m. ET
- Sunday August 14 – to be confirmed
The WNBA Commissioner’s Cup Championship Game Presented by Coinbase on Prime Video will be available on hundreds of compatible devices worldwide as part of a Prime subscription (excluding China, Japan, UK , Italy, Spain, Finland and Germany), including on the Web. or using the Prime Video app on smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes, game consoles and some smart TVs. A full list of compatible viewing devices can be found here.
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In 2020, the WNBA and the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) signed a groundbreaking eight-year CBA that charts a new course for women’s basketball – and women’s sports in general – with a focus on increasing player compensation, enhanced player experience, expanded career development opportunities and resources specifically tailored to the professional female athlete. Key elements of the agreement are supported by the league’s partnership platform, WNBA Changemakers, with AT&T, the WNBA’s brand partner and premier Changemaker, along with fellow premier Changemakers Deloitte and NIKE, Inc. and later additions Google and US Bank. During the 2020 season, the WNBA and WNBPA launched the WNBA Justice Movement forming the Social Justice Council with a mission to be a driving force for needed change and to continue conversations about race and voting rights, between other important societal issues.