WNBA announces deal with ESPN/ABC through 2016

WASHINGTON -- The WNBA announced a new television contract
with ESPN/ABC on Sunday in a landmark deal that will give the league rights fees for the first time.

The eight-year deal, which will also include rights for digital media, will begin in 2009 and go through the league's 20th season in 2016. The current six-year contract expires at the end of next season.

Financial details were not disclosed.

The digital rights include the ability for the networks to broadcast live games and other content on digital media, including the Web and mobile TV.