The GIST: Hype for the WNBA season has translated into exponential growth for WNBA NFTs. On Wednesday, NBA Top Shot revealed that, since the beginning of March, sales of W digital collectibles on the platform doubled every week (!!!) leading up to last Friday’s season tip-off.
The context: The league’s players association (WNBPA) struck a partnership with Top Shot last August, making WNBA moments available for purchase as NFTs. The platform upped its commitment to the W last month with “W Wednesdays,” a weekly NFT drop.
- Top Shot isn’t the only place to nab a W NFT, either — the WNBPA dropped a collection last week in collaboration with Hoopers Vote, and individual players are also making moves in the space.
The details: Las Vegas Aces NFTs have proved popular with Top Shot collectors — leading the way at almost 85K transactions. Aces forward A’ja Wilson is the most in-demand player, with nearly 37K transactions of NFTs featuring the All-Star.
- In a survey of Top Shot’s Discord users, 58% of collectors said introducing WNBA NFTs to the platform increased their interest in the league. Count it.
Zooming out: In addition to netting financial gains, the numbers drive the fact that the W and its players can increase audience engagement for brands. The findings also demonstrate demand for women’s sports collectibles — a particularly notable development because, you guessed it, the NFT space is dominated by men.
- While many (rightfully) argue that partnering with women’s sports will expand a brand’s audience, the WNBPA’s deal with Top Shot begs the question: Can women’s sports properties grow their fanbases via the NFT space?