In a first, two professional women’s leagues will go head-to-head for national television viewership in key playoff matchups Sunday afternoon. Seattle Reign FC will face FC Kansas City at noon on ESPN2 for its first championship in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). It’s the second year of the league, whose predecessors had ample financial problems lead to their demise.
The Reign, which finished seventh out of eight teams its inaugural season, faced similar problem as the Storm last season in being displaced from its home for a big playoff matchup. The NWSL championship is at the sold-out Starfire Sports Stadium (4,500) in Tukwila due to the Bumbershoot festival at Memorial Stadium this weekend.
The Storm had to play a Game 2 opening-round playoff game in Tacoma in 2013 due to a private Microsoft event at KeyArena.
On network television, the WNBA will showcase Phoenix and Minnesota in Game 2 of the best-of-three Western Conference Finals at 12:30pm on ABC. The Mercury easily won Game 1 on Friday, 85-71 in Phoenix. Sunday’s Game 2 is in Minnesota.
The Lynx, which have won two of the past three WNBA titles, have only lost twice at the Target Center this season. One of those defeats was to the Mercury but came without F Rebekkah Brunson (knee), who led her team in rebounding during the regular season (8.2).
So, if not attending either postseason lineup, which will interest you Sunday afternoon on TV?