The WNBA released its regular-season schedule for the 2023 season on Wednesday, announcing that the season will run from May 19 through Sept. 10 and feature a record 40 games per team.
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The W’s opening Friday features four games: the Washington Mystics will host the New York Liberty, the Connecticut Sun will play the Indiana Fever on the road, the Minnesota Lynx will host the Chicago Sky, and the Phoenix Mercury will travel to Los Angeles to play the Sparks on the road.
The defending champion Las Vegas will start their title defense on Saturday, May 20, against the Seattle Storm on the road. The Atlanta Dream and Dallas will play in Dallas as well. Saturday will conclude with Connecticut hosting Washington, Indiana will go on the road to play New York, and the Sky will play y the Mercury in Phoenix.
The W will host its 19th All-Star Game on July 15 at a yet-to-be-determined location. The Commissioner’s Cup will run from May 19-July 12, and the championship game will be played Aug. 15. The WNBA’s 40 regular-season slate is four more than 2022 and eight more than 2021. The League will announce its TV and streaming schedule at a later date.
The blockbuster 2023 free agency period will be on Jan. 21, when free agents can start negotiations. Those free agents can sign deals as soon as Feb. 1. The Sun, Wings, Fever, Mystics, and Sparks have all filled in their head coach vacancies going into free agency; the Sun hired Stephanie White, the Wings hired Latricia Trammel, the Fever hired Christie Sides, the Mystics brought in Eric Thibault, and the Sparks hired Curt Miller.
The 2023 WNBA Draft is scheduled for April 10, 2023. The Fever holds the No. 1 overall pick.