Today the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) announced the Women's Sports Network as their official FAST TV Media Partner. WSN and the NWSL will partner to bring soccer fans content focused on players and brands via interviews, features, player spotlights, long-form storytelling, and a weekly highlight show called VERSUS.
FAST (free ad-supported television) networks allow viewers to watch programming without a cable or streaming subscription. Right now, programming run by the Women's Sports Network is available on Amazon Freevee, Fubo, LG Channels on LG Smart TVs, VIZIO WatchFree+, Roku and more.
The weekly highlight show will be an extension of WSN's daily flagship show, GAME ON.
The show hosted by Jordan Ligons Robinson and Taylor Felix offers viewers the latest sports news and hottest topic to the most current in sports-adjacent pop culture.
“The Women’s Sports Network offers a platform for female athletes to amplify their voice on a
women’s only network, elevating their presence across the sports industry to bring innovative
change to women’s sports,” Stuart McLean, CEO of FAST Studios and pioneer in the FAST
channel space said in the official press release.
“The ability to provide a dedicated platform for women’s sports that can be accessed without having to fight for airtime is a true innovation. This also gives the stories behind these female athletes the proper space for celebration.”
“As we continue to expand NWSL’s viewership, the Women’s Sports Network’s platform will
allow us to more broadly stream the success of our league on a platform dedicated to driving women’s sports forward,” NWSL Chief Revenue Officer Mitch Poll said.
“The Women’s Sports Network has seen tremendous growth and attention since launching in 2022, which offers our fans and brand partners the opportunity to dive deeper into the story of our players and reach our audience in a more impactful way.”
The NWSL, now in its 11th season, joins other women's leagues on the WSN platform, the WNBA, Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), U.S.Ski and Snowboard, and World Surf League (WSL), and Athletes Unlimited. The network expects more partners to be announced soon.
McLean and Carol Stiff, a Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductee and Women’s Sports Network Board of Advisors Chair are at the helm. They have also added a list of influential figures to their Board of Advisors, such as:
Stacey Allaster, Chief Executive, Professional Tennis at the United States Tennis Association
Lindsay Amstutz, Chief Media Officer at OneTeam Partners
Allyson Felix, 11-time Olympic medalist
Kathleen Francis, national board chair of Women in Sports and Events (WISE)
Sophie Goldschmidt, CEO of U.S. Ski & Snowboard
LaChina Robinson, WBNA analyst at ESPN
Angela Ruggiero, CEO and Co-Founder of the Sports Innovation Lab
Renata Simril, President and CEO of LA84
Julie Uhrman, Founder and President of Angel City Football Club
Jayma Meyer, Title IX Attorney
WSN also creates all content with digital or social platforms in mind, McLean told me for a story in Forbes. For more coverage beyond GAME ON and VERSUS, check out WSN on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok, and visit www.womenssports.com to learn more about the network.