Caitlin Clark reportedly nearing $20 million+ Nike deal
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by Emma Hruby
2d ago
Caitlin Clark is reportedly close to cementing a hefty endorsement deal with Nike. The Athletic was the first to break the news Wednesday evening, commenting that the deal would be worth “eight figures” and include her own signature shoe. On Thursday afternoon, the publication tweeted that the deal would top $20 million, according to lead NBA Insider Shams Charania. Both Under Armour and Adidas are said to have also made sizable offers to the college phenom and expected future WNBA star. The new agreement comes after Clark’s previous Nike partnership ended with the conclusion of the college ba ..read more
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Reporter’s awkward exchange mars Caitlin Clark’s Fever intro
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by Emma Hruby
2d ago
An Indianapolis Star columnist is apologizing for an uneasy exchange with freshly minted Indiana Fever player Caitlin Clark on Wednesday. At Clark’s introductory press conference with the Fever, reporter Gregg Doyel introduced himself then abruptly formed a heart with his hands. Throughout her career with Iowa, Clark has often flashed heart hands at her family in the stands after finishing a game. The gesture has since become linked to the standout player. But what ensued between Clark and Doyel was an incredibly awkward interaction, to say the least. “Real quick, let me do this,” Doyel said b ..read more
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After a record-breaking Draft Night, WNBA roster cuts loom
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by Emma Hruby
2d ago
The 2024 WNBA Draft has officially concluded, leaving the newly minted rookie class facing a tough road ahead. Only 144 roster slots are available throughout the league’s 12 teams, the reason why the players are sometimes referred to as the “144.” And Monday’s draft picks are set to join a large group of established players competing for those same roster spots, from seasoned veterans to young athletes determined to prove their value on the court. Last year, just 15 of the league’s 36 draftees made it onto their drafting team’s opening-day squad. In reality, there are oftentimes fewer than 144 ..read more
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WNBA draft shatters records with 2.45 million viewers
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by Emma Hruby
2d ago
Monday night’s WNBA draft added to the nationwide uptick in record-breaking women’s sports viewership, pulling in 2.45 million viewers throughout the nearly two-hour broadcast and peaking at 3.09 million, according to an ESPN release.  That number shatters the previous draft viewership record — 601,000 in 2004 — which was fueled primarily by then-No. 1 pick Diana Taurasi entering the league after UConn’s historic three-peat March Madness performance.   The 2023 WNBA draft drew 572,000 viewers, the most for any televised WNBA event since 2.74 million tuned in to NBC for a Memorial Day ..read more
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Serena Williams is ‘super interested’ in owning a WNBA team
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by Emma Hruby
2d ago
Could Serena Williams co-own a WNBA team in the near future?  Speaking with CNN on Monday, Williams expressed her interest in that potential — as well as the mounting enthusiasm for women’s sports around the world.  “I think women’s sport is having a moment that it should have always had,” Williams said. “I feel like tennis has had its moment. It’s international, and it’s huge, and it’s always gonna be there. “Now it’s time to lift up other sports — women’s soccer, women’s basketball — there’s so many other sports that women do so great, let’s put it on that platform. Women’s basketb ..read more
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Watch: Iowa star Kate Martin’s draft moment goes viral
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by Emma Hruby
2d ago
Former Iowa captain Kate Martin was in the audience during Monday night’s draft when she was selected 18th overall by the Las Vegas Aces.  The moment quickly went viral, as Martin was in the crowd to support superstar teammate Caitlin Clark going No. 1 overall, and was not one of the 14 players invited to the draft. This moment @kate_martin22 x @LVAces #WNBADraft pic.twitter.com/dVqwR0HRdw — Iowa Women's Basketball (@IowaWBB) April 16, 2024 “To be honest, I don’t think I’d have the type of career if I don’t have a teammate like Kate,” Clark said about Martin leading up to the 2024 natio ..read more
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Caitlin Clark dunks on Michael Che in surprise SNL appearance
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by Emma Hruby
4d ago
Caitlin Clark made a surprise appearance on “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend, which quickly went viral. The Iowa star showed up on the show’s Weekend Update segment to playfully call out Michael Che’s history of making jabs at women’s sports. It started when Che joked that Iowa should replace Clark’s retired No. 22 “with an apron.”  When Clark entered, Che said that he was a fan. But Clark wasn’t convinced – especially not when co-host Colin Jost brought the receipts of Che’s jabs. “Really, Michael? Because I heard that little apron joke you did,” she said, before making him read so ..read more
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“You have to understand that there’s something about you that makes you special” Haley Jones on her WNBA journey.
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by Claire Watkins
1w ago
No one understands what Caitlin Clark and the 2024 WNBA draft class has ahead of them better than Atlanta Dream guard Haley Jones. Jones is a product of her own vaunted draft class, selected sixth overall in 2023 upon finishing a college career at Stanford that produced a 2021 national championship. Since joining the WNBA, Jones had steady output as a rookie, playing in all 40 of the team’s games in her first season. The transition wasn’t always easy. Jones had to balance finishing her Stanford degree with the early months of her first professional season, competing against seasoned veterans w ..read more
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Indiana Fever to be most-televised team in WNBA this season
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by Emma Hruby
1w ago
The Indiana Fever will be the most-televised team in the WNBA this season, which comes as the team is expected to draft Iowa star Caitlin Clark with the No. 1 pick during the 2024 WNBA Draft. A total of 36 of the team’s 40 games will be featured nationally – up from just one last year. The reigning WNBA champion Las Vegas Aces will be on national television 35 times, while the runner-up New York Liberty will be featured 31 times.  With Clark entering the league, it’s expected that a large portion of her following will join her. The NCAA tournament championship between Iowa and South Carol ..read more
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Caitlin Clark offered $5 million to compete in Ice Cube’s league
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by Emma Hruby
3w ago
Caitlin Clark has been offered $5 million to play in Ice Cube’s Big3 league, he confirmed on social media Wednesday after the offer leaked. “We intended the offer to remain private while Caitlin Clark plays for the championship,” Ice Cube wrote on social media. “But I won’t deny what’s now already out there: BIG3 made a historic offer to Caitlin Clark. Why wouldn’t we? Caitlin is a generational athlete who can achieve tremendous success in the BIG3.” We intended the offer to remain private while Caitlin Clark plays for the championship. But I won’t deny what’s now already out there: BIG3 made ..read more
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