Morning Meltdown – Phoenix Mercury Edition

For this Morning Meltdown let’s take a look into some of the news surrounding the Phoenix Mercury.

Now that the Phoenix Mercury are the WNBA Champions and all of the numbers have been counted, the ratings are in for their final game against the Chicago Sky.

“ESPN’s coverage of the 2014 WNBA postseason generated the largest television audience for the event since 2007, posting double digit increases in ratings and viewership over 2013.

Overall, ESPN, ABC, ESPN2 and ESPNEWS combined to televise 10 games, reaching 489,000 viewers and a 0.3 US household ratings for increases of 90% (vs. 257,000 in 2013.

ABC was home to the WNBA Conference Final Game 2 on Sunday, Aug. 31 – a 96-78 Phoenix victory over the Minnesota Lynx – ranking as the most-viewed WNBA postseason game on ABC since 2007 (828,000 viewers, 0.6 rating).

The Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 between the Detroit Shock and Indiana Fever on September 2, 2007, averaged 839,000 viewers based on a 0.7 rating.”

To read more about these amazing numbers, click here.

With a team as amazing as the Phoenix Mercury it’s not surprise that some of their players are playing on the US basketball team.

“Candace Parker is out. So is Sylvia Fowles. Brittney Griner is questionable. And now Elena Delle Donne is a no-go.

With a series of injuries to several post players on the U.S. women’s national basketball team, the heavily favored Americans have suddenly been cut down to size as they prepare for the world championship that begin Sept. 27 in Istanbul.

It’s a new challenge for USA Basketball. Veteran post play has long been a strong suit, from Anne Donovan to Yolanda Griffith and Lisa Leslie.

“Candace and Sylvia have obviously played a lot of international basketball. They’ve won World Championships, they’ve won gold medals, so not having those two is obviously a huge concern,” U.S. coach Geno Auriemma said.

The 6-foot-4 Parker, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, withdrew from the national pool to have minor surgery on her left knee. Fowles, a 6-6 center who also has won two Olympic golds, backed to take care of her ailing feet.”
To read more about the injuries, click here. 
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