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WNBA doesn’t broadcast Angel Reese preseason game; 200K fans watch fan’s stream

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Angel Reese, also known as the Bayou Barbie, at the 2024 WNBA Draft. (Photo by Derrel Jazz Johnson for rolling out)
Angel Reese, also known as the Bayou Barbie, at the 2024 WNBA Draft. (Photo credit: Derrel Jazz Johnson for rolling out.)

Hundreds of thousands of fans watched Angel Reese‘s first WNBA preseason game through fan-perspective live streams on May 3. Reese and the Chicago Sky kicked off the exhibition season in Minnesota against the Lynx.

The game was not broadcast on WNBA League Pass for the masses to see, so a fan broadcasted the game from their phone on X, formerly known as Twitter. User @heyheyitsalli’s stream of the game from her seat brought in over 175,000 viewers during the game. As of the morning of May 4, the stream has over 370,000 views. The post itself has been viewed over 1.6 million times, as well.

She then posted her Cash App so people could donate to her for her service.

For the record, Caitlin Clark played her first preseason game with the Indiana Fever at the same time and that game was on WNBA League Pass. Many fans were upset about the coverage inconsistency.

“It’s wild they didn’t have this game on League Pass!” Brittney Griner posted on her Instagram story. “But they did what they wanted! In no world does it make sense not to have these young ladies’ game on the app!”

The Chicago Sky also have rookie center Kamilla Cardoso, the Brazilian native who has nearly 500,000 Instagram followers from her international and University of South Carolina following, was also a big draw for preseason game.

Dawn Staley and Flau’Jae watched the game from another fan’s stream on Instagram, and Staley said she donated $100 to the fan for their coverage.

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