FOR FIRST TIME, WNBA PLAYERS AND MEDIA WILL JOIN FANS IN SELECTING STARTING LINEUPS FOR VERIZON WNBA ALL-STAR 2017

— WNBA All-Star Voting 2017 Presented by Verizon Tips Off on June 13 —

— WNBA All-Star Starters to be Announced on ESPN on July 11 —

NEW YORK, May 25, 2017 – For the first time ever, WNBA players and media will join fans in selecting the starters for Verizon WNBA All-Star 2017 in Seattle.  WNBA All-Star Voting 2017 presented by Verizon will tip off at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 13.  Verizon WNBA All-Star 2017 will be played on Saturday, July 22 at KeyArena (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC).

Starters for previous WNBA All-Star Games were selected by fan voting. This year, the WNBA will extend the platform to include two other important constituents of the game – WNBA players and media who cover the WNBA.  Fans will account for 50 percent of the vote, while current players and a panel of basketball media will account for 25 percent each.

Individual players and media members will be able to complete one full ballot, featuring three frontcourt players and two guards from both the Eastern and Western Conference.  Players may vote for their teammates or themselves.

WNBA fans may submit one full ballot each day through WNBA.com (desktop or mobile), or the WNBA App (available on Android and iOS).  Fans may also vote for up to 10 players per day on Twitter and Facebook.  All current WNBA players on team rosters are eligible to be voted for.

How to vote:

  • WNBA.com player index page at WNBA.com/vote: Fill out one full ballot per day (defined as once every 24 hours) on WNBA.com/vote from a desktop or mobile browser.  Fans can select up to two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference when choosing starters.
  • WNBA App: Access the ballot and vote through the app, which is available on Android and iOS.  Fans can fill out one full ballot per day (defined as once every 24 hours), and select up to two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference when choosing starters.  The WNBA App can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

 WNBA All-Star Voting 2017 presented by Verizon

  • Twitter: Tweet, retweet or reply with an WNBA player’s first and last name or Twitter handle, along with the WNBA All-Star Voting hashtag #WNBAVOTE.  Each Tweet may include only one player’s name or handle.  Fans may vote for 10 unique players each day throughout the WNBA All-Star voting period.  Tweets must include the hashtag #WNBAVOTE to be counted as valid votes.  Retweets will count as valid votes.  Also, each Twitter user must have the ‘protect my Tweets’ option unchecked under the account’s privacy settings for the votes to count.
  • Facebook: Post the player’s first and last name along with the hashtag #WNBAVOTE on your personal Facebook account, or comment on another’s Facebook post.   Each post may include only one player’s name.  Fans may post votes for 10 unique players per day throughout the voting period. Facebook status posts must include the hashtag #WNBAVOTE to be counted as valid votes.

A fan voting update to announce the totals of the leading vote-getters for each conference will be shared on Tuesday, June 29 during the Seattle at Connecticut game on ESPN2.  Voting will conclude on Thursday, July 6 at 9:00 p.m. ET.  Starters will be announced live on ESPN on Tuesday, July 11 during the noon ET edition of SportsCenter.  The Eastern Conference and Western Conference All-Star reserves, as selected by WNBA head coaches, will be announced the following week on ESPN2 on Thursday, July 18 during the Chicago at Seattle matchup.

The 2017 WNBA regular season runs through Sept. 3.  For more information on the WNBA and game tickets, fans may visit www.wnba.com.

About the WNBA
The WNBA – which features 12 teams and is the most successful women’s professional team sports league in the world – is a unique global sports property combining competition, sportsmanship, and entertainment value with its status as an icon for social change, achievement, and diversity.  The league, which counts Verizon as its leaguewide marquee partner, tipped off its 21st season on May 13, 2017.

Through WNBA Cares, the WNBA is deeply committed to creating programs that improve the quality of life for all people, with a special emphasis on programs that promote a healthy lifestyle and positive body image, increase breast and women’s health awareness, support youth and family development, and focus on education.  For more information on the WNBA, log on to www.wnba.com.

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