💰 In the red
Las Vegas Aces players under WNBA investigation for $100K NIL–style deal
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The WNBA is in its growth era, including its teams and athletes. However, with growth comes growing pains, like this weekend’s news that the Las Vegas Aces are under investigation by the league after every player on the roster signed a $100K local tourism deal.
May 20, 2024
🏀 Watched it begin again
Recapping the WNBA's 28th season debut
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From the young fans in the stands to the superstars on the court, last night’s highly-anticipated WNBA season premiere was a tearjerker in the best way.
May 15, 2024
💪 Ride of the Valkyries
Golden State WNBA team unveils new team name in brilliant brand rollout
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Newest WNBA franchise Golden State unveiled its team name — the Valkyries — yesterday, just before the season tipped off last night. As the Bay Area team starts to take shape ahead of its debut next year, here’s everything you need to know about its brand rollout.
May 15, 2024
🦘 (Roo)ting for you
Basketball Australia announces sale of majority stake in WNBL
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Basketball Australia (BA) announced plans Monday to sell a majority stake in Australia’s Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL). The sale of the stake — which could be worth at least $13.2M — would give the women’s pro league the tools to level up its game in a way its current governing structure can’t support.
May 15, 2024
⚙️ How it works
A preview of the 2024 WNBA season
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The WNBA’s highly-anticipated 28th season tips off tonight, featuring new faces, a revamped in-season tourney, and, for the first time in league history, full-time private planes.
May 14, 2024
🏀 Call the amateurs and cut ’em from the team
Roster cuts loom for former NCAA stars on WNBA decision day
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The WNBA season starts tomorrow, and teams must finalize their rosters today…meaning at least six squads must make brutal cuts to reach the league maximum of 12 rostered players.
May 13, 2024
👟 Of course she has a shoe
Nike unveils WNBA star A’ja Wilson signature collection, including a signature shoe
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May 13, 2024
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Las Vegas Aces superstar A’ja Wilson finally has the big-name shoe deal to match her on-court success. Wilson is officially Nike’s latest signature athlete after the brand announced Wilson’s apparel collection on Saturday. The cherry on top? The collection features her signature kick, the A’One.
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Ep #366

A WNBA season preview

May 14, 2024
A WNBA season preview

Merry WNBA season start!

It’s all hoops, all the time on today’s episode of The GIST of It as co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz preview everything you need to know before the new WNBA season tips off tonight. From the league’s off-court moves to the teams and players to keep an eye on, El and Steph are here to help you prepare for the most anticipated W season…ever.

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🏀 She the North
WNBA announces Toronto as the location for its 14th franchise
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The rumors are true — the WNBA is coming to Toronto in 2026. On Friday, CBC’s Shireen Ahmed broke the news, with an official announcement expected on May 23rd. Toronto’s selection marks a major turning point for W: international expansion.
May 13, 2024
🏀 Ain’t playing around
Upset reign supreme before the NBA Conference semis shift venues for Games 3 and 4
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After last night’s postseason hoopla saw two underdogs come out on top, there’s more chaos to come as the conference semis shift venues for Games 3 and 4.
May 10, 2024
📺 All in the (Disney) family
WNBA makes the most of opening night with first-ever Disney+ simulcast
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The WNBA is looking to leverage all available tools to build interest in the game, and that means taking a winning move out of the men’s sports playbook. ESPN announced yesterday that for the first time ever, the WNBA’s opening night doubleheader will be available on Disney+ in addition to streaming on ESPN2 and ESPN+.
May 08, 2024
✨ The Angel Reese Effect
Angel Reese forges path as a cultural icon in women’s sports
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The spotlight might be bright on Caitlin Clark, but Chicago Sky rookie Angel Reese is also becoming a cultural force — on Monday, she became the first WNBA rookie to make a Met Gala appearance. Reese is uniquely positioned to become a sports and fashion icon, reflecting a moment where women athletes are appreciated for their marketing and trend-setting potential.
May 08, 2024
🏀 If these walls could talk
The NBA Conference semifinals are underway
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With an epic first round done and dusted, the NBA conference semifinals have arrived and are already bringing the early upsets. No more horsing around.
May 06, 2024
🏀 Pass the remote
WNBA pivots to airing on League Pass app despite marquee preseason matchups
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The WNBA saw the Caitlin Clark Effect play out on the court this weekend in a sold-out preseason game between the Indiana Fever and Dallas Wings. But the league’s decision to keep the game — and the popular WNBA Canada preseason game — exclusively available on WNBA League Pass in the U.S. may have been a missed bucket for the league.
May 06, 2024