The 2020 WNBA playoff schedule has officially been released the league announced Monday morning. The first round will begin on Tuesday, September 15 in a single-elimination game and the Finals beginning on October 2.
ESPN is scheduled to continue their coverage of the league with all potential 19 playoff games airing on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN App and ABC.
The first round of the WNBA playoffs is a single-elimination format between the No. 5 and No. 8 and the No. 6 and No. 7 seeds. Seeds No. 3 and No. 4 each will receive a bye into the second rounds and the No. 1 and No. 2 seeded teams earn a double by into the semifinals. The league also announced that additional cameras will be added to the arena for new angles for ESPN’s in-game coverage to go along with additional player interviews, referee audio and mic’d up coaches and players.
The first round of the WNBA postseason will see single-elimination matchups between the No. 5 and No. 8 seeds and the No. 6 and No. 7 seeds. The No. 3 and 4 seeds will receive a bye through the second round, while the top two teams earn a bye until the Semifinals.
The semifinals tip off on September 20 with No. 1 squaring off against the lowest seeded second-round winner and the No. 3 against the other.
The Finals will begin on October 2 with a best-of-five game format with a Game Five airing on October 11, if necessary.
At this time, seven of the eight WNBA playoff spots have been clinched by the Seattle Storm, Las Vegas Aces, Los Angeles Sparks, Minnesota Lynx, Phoenix Mercury, Chicago Sky and Connecticut Sun. The final spot will be determined this week between the Dallas Wings, Washington Mystics and Indiana Fever. The New York Liberty have been eliminated from playoff potential.