Phoenix Mercury fans in the team’s local market will enjoy a team-record of 27 televised games this season. Bally Sports Arizona and Bally Sports Extra is Phoenix’s exclusive local broadcast partner. An additional nine games will air on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and CBS. As a result, all 36 Mercury regular-season games will be broadcast.
The broadcast team features familiar faces in the women’s basketball community:
A veteran of local and national WNBA broadcasts, Olympic women’s basketball, and Phoenix Suns local games, Hall-of-Famer Ann Meyers Drysdale returns for her ninth year as analyst on Mercury broadcasts. She will be joined by first-year Mercury play-by-play announcer Cindy Brunson, and together they will be Phoenix’s first all-female broadcast duo in team history. Brunson most recently served as the primary play-by-play voice of Athletes Unlimited, becoming the first woman of color to serve as the primary voice for a professional sports league. Prior to joining AU, Brunson covered Men’s and Women’s Basketball and College Football for the Pac 12 Networks, served as the Arizona Diamondbacks postgame and dugout reporter for Bally Sports Arizona, and was a studio host for ESPN’s SportsCenter for 13 years.
The WNBA season kicks off on Friday, May 6. The Mercury’s slate that evening is a matchup against the Las Vegas Aces at Footprint Center.