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WNBA fans flock to livestream of Angel Reese, Kamilla Cardoso’s preseason debuts amid broadcast issue

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Just a few weeks after getting drafted, former college basketball stars Angel Reese and Kamilla Cardoso made their highly anticipated WNBA debuts. 

Reese, Cardoso and the rest of their Chicago Sky teammates traveled to Minnesota for a preseason matchup with the Lynx. But fans who expected to watch the contest via the WNBA’s app were disappointed to learn that the platform was not able to broadcast the game.

The league’s app incorrectly listed the game as available to watch, which led to confusion. The WNBA later clarified that only Caitlin Clark’s debut with the Indiana Fever was being broadcast.

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Angel Reese and Kamilla Cardoso warm up before a WNBA game

Angel Reese of the Chicago Sky before the game against the Minnesota Lynx on May 3, 2024, at Target Center in Minneapolis. (David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

But a social media user came to the rescue and started an impromptu livestream. 

“Would y’all want me to try and stream the game on here??” @heyheyitsalli asked on X, formerly Twitter. “no promises on the quality but i can try.”

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Viewership numbers on the livestream varied, but on Saturday the video showed about 434,000 total views. The X user previously posted a screenshot showing that the stream peaked at 173,381 live viewers.

Angel Reese shoots a free throw

Angel Reese of the Chicago Sky shoots a free throw against the Minnesota Lynx on May 3, 2024, at Target Center in Minneapolis. (David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Shortly after the Lynx’s 92-81 win over the Sky, Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve joked that the social media user who streamed the game should receive some monetary compensation for their efforts.

“Anybody that watched it should send three bucks to the person, I don’t even know who it is,” Reeve said. “I think that what I would say is that the growth is happening so fast. It’s so accelerated. And I’ve been saying this in our own organization – that business as usual isn’t going to work anymore.

“You’re gonna get left behind and this is an example.”

Kamilla Cardoso arrives at the arena

Kamilla Cardoso of the Chicago Sky arrives at the arena before the game against the Minnesota Lynx on May 3, 2024, in Minneapolis. (David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Reeve also acknowledged that it made sense that Clark’s preseason debut took precedence. She suggested that the excitement around Clark and other players has a trickle-down effect, which ultimately works as a benefit for the “general excitement” across the league.

“People want to see that, but they also want to see,

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