More Trash Graphics in a WNBA Broadcast

More Trash Graphics in a WNBA Broadcast

By Tamryn Spruill Accurately naming the two teams playing against each other is as basic as it gets in terms of duties related to televising a basketball game. When it comes to coverage of the WNBA, however, the task apparently isn't so simple. On Sunday, a screen-sized graphic advertised a nonexistent contest between the Las Vegas Aces and the Indiana Fever. The Aces were hosting the Washington Mystics, not the Fever. Olympic gold medalists A'ja Wilson and Chelsea Gray (of the USA Basketball 5x5 team) and Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young (of the USA Basketball 3x3 team) reunited with Liz Cambage, Riquna Williams and the Aces' other difference-makers to force an 84-83 come-from-behind win. But, sadly, no matter what great things happen on the court, pedestrian mistakes such as listing the incorrect team on a graphic, mispronouncing players' names or bungling graphics featuring starting lineups are gallingly common in coverage of the WNBA. Multiple times during the 2021 season, starting...

Jennifer Rizzotti’s Journey from the Blizzard of New England to the Mohegan Tribe’s Sun

Jennifer Rizzotti’s Journey from the Blizzard of New England to the Mohegan Tribe’s Sun

By Tamryn Spruill Jennifer Rizzotti, currently an assistant coach with the USA Basketball women's Olympic team, is celebrated for her accomplishments at all levels of the game. last week, she added another esteemed role to her already-impressive resume: president of the Connecticut Sun. But Rizzotti's climb in pro hoops to top decision-maker of the Mohegan Tribe-owned Sun had chillier beginnings, in New England. Rizzotti graduated from the University of Connecticut with career averages of 11.4 points, 4.7 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game. As a junior, she helped the Huskies to a perfect 35-0 season en route to a national championship. As a senior in 1995-96, Rizzotti collected the best and biggest individual honors: AP National Player of the Year, Wade Trophy and Naismith Award. But Rizzotti did not get her professional playing start in the WNBA; the league did not exist yet. The NBA announced its plans to form a professional basketball league for women in April 1996,...