FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 6th, 2020
NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON, MONUMENTAL SPORTS NETWORK TO PRESENT WNBA’S FIRST ‘NBA 2K20’ GAME SIMULATIONS WITH WEEKLY MYSTICS SERIES
-HOUR PROGRAMS, THE FIRST FOR A WNBA TEAM, HIGHLIGHTED BY SPECIAL COMMENTARY FROM MYSTICS PLAYERS AND COACHES
FIRST EDITION, A MATCHUP AGAINST THE SUN, FEATURING GUESTS ELENA DELLE DONNE AND AERIAL POWERS DEBUTS TONIGHT AT 6 P.M.
WASHINGTON D.C. – May 6, 2020 – NBC Sports Washington (NBCSW) and Monumental Sports Network will present the WNBA’s first televised video-game simulations with a weekly series featuring the reigning champion Washington Mystics using Take-Two Interactive’s NBA 2K20, beginning tonight, Wednesday, May 6, at 6 p.m.
The one-hour simulations will be highlighted by full-length commentary from current Mystics players, coaches and other guests, hosted by Mystics play-by-play announcer Meghan McPeak. Tomorrow’s premiere episode will feature special guests Elena Delle Donne, the 2019 WNBA MVP, and forward Aerial Powers, who will deliver insight and analysis as the Mystics take on the Connecticut Sun, the team’s 2019 WNBA Finals opponent, in simulated action.
The simulations, which will be conducted via artificial intelligence (AI) gameplay, will debut each Wednesday through June 10 at 6 p.m. The programs will be televised on NBCSW, and available via its 24/7 authenticated streaming platforms, and streamed direct-to-consumer on Monumental Sports Network via its website, monumentalsportsnetwork.com, via any of its available apps on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Xbox.
Additional guest commentators will be announced on an ongoing basis. The currently scheduled matchups are as follows:
Mystics vs. Connecticut Sun Wednesday, May 6
Mystics vs. Las Vegas Aces Wednesday, May 13
Mystics vs. LA Sparks Wednesday, May 20
Mystics vs. Seattle Storm Wednesday, May 27
Mystics vs. Chicago Sky Wednesday, June 3
Mystics vs. Minnesota Lynx Wednesday, June 10
About NBC Sports Washington:
NBC Sports Washington, part of NBC Sports Group, is the official sports network of the NHL’s Washington Capitals, NBA’s Washington Wizards, NFL’s Washington Redskins and ACC. NBC Sports Washington – the leading multiplatform sports media organization serving the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia – delivers more than 400 live events per year, along with Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and entertainment programming. NBC Sports Washington’s digital portfolio is the region’s top source for written, video and interactive sports content. Follow the network on Twitter via @NBCSWashington, and on MyTeams and NBCSportsWashington.com.
About Monumental Sports Network:
Monumental Sports Network presented by Ticketmaster is the mid-Atlantic region’s top destination for exclusive fan experiences and original sports content across desktop, tablet, mobile and OTT streaming devices. Monumental Sports Network is owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) and by NBC Sports Group. Monumental Sports Network serves as a digital platform for fans and customers in the D.C. region and around the world. MSE – Monumental Sports Network’s parent company – is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports.