The Connecticut Sun announced today it will partner with Fox 61 and WCCT-TV to televise seven road games in 2016. The first will be from Seattle, where the Sun will take on the Seattle Storm on May 28. Tip-off is slated for 10 p.m. ET. Seattle, of course, recently selected UConn great Breanna Stewart with the first pick in the WNBA Draft. Former UConn legend Sue Bird is also a long-time member of the Storm. Call them “UConn West.”
The first independently owned WNBA franchise, the Sun has advanced to the playoffs eight times since relocating from Orlando in 2003. In their 13 years in Connecticut, the Sun have have proven to be one of the WNBA’s most successful teams, having made five trips to the Eastern Conference Finals and two appearances in the WNBA Finals.
This season, first-year coach Curt Miller—the first openly gay head coach in major league sports history—inherits a talented young lineup that includes 2014 WNBA Rookie of the Year and overall No. 1 pick Chiney Ogwumike, and 2015 All-Stars Alex Bentley and Kelsey Bone. They will be joined by a strong 2016 draft, that features three All-Americans: UConn’s Morgan Tuck along with Minnesota’s Rachel Banham and George Washington’s Jonquel Jones.
“We are really happy to announce this new deal with Fox 61 and WCCT-TV,” Sun Vice President and General Manager Chris Sienko said. “We have a very loyal fan-base that has made it clear they would like to keep up with our team on the road. This broadcast schedule will make that possible.”
The rest of the schedule includes May 31 at Phoenix (10 p.m., ET), June 12 at Atlanta (3 p.m., ET), June 26 at Los Angeles (5 p.m., ET), July 2 at Dallas (8:30 p.m., ET) and Aug. 28 at Atlanta (3 p.m., ET).
It should be noted that Optimum subscribers in Fairfield County do not receive Fox 61.