May 23, 2024

Iowa girls’s basketball famous person Caitlin Clark has been supplied a $5 million contract to hitch Ice Dice’s BIG3 basketball league, the rapper confirmed Wednesday.

“We supposed the supply to stay personal whereas Caitlin Clark performs for the championship,” Ice Dice wrote on social media, linking to an article from TMZ. “However I gained’t deny what’s now already on the market: BIG3 made a historic supply to Caitlin Clark. Why wouldn’t we? Caitlin is a generational athlete who can obtain super success within the BIG3.”

Clark remains to be presently competing within the NCAA girls’s March Insanity match, however has mentioned she plans to declare for the WNBA draft on the finish of this season — and is broadly anticipated to be the No. 1 total decide. Nevertheless, the profitable supply from the BIG3 may sway the 22-year-old star in a special path — each professionally and financially.

The common annual wage of a WNBA participant was about $116,000 final 12 months, in accordance with Statista, with the highest-earning gamers making about $242,000 yearly. This leads many WNBA gamers — like Brittney Griner — to hunt out extra fruitful offers abroad in international locations like China and Russia throughout the offseason. 

“America’s girls athletes shouldn’t be compelled to spend their off seasons enjoying in usually dismal and doubtful international international locations simply to make ends meet,” Ice Dice mentioned. “And they need to have greater than only one skilled choice within the US. …Our pathbreaking supply to Caitlin Clark demonstrates that BIG3 now gives one other alternative for athletes.” 

The WNBA season consists of 36 common season video games — in comparison with simply 10 within the BIG3. Hypothetically, which means the WNBA’s finest and highest-paid gamers made about $6,700 per common season recreation final 12 months, whereas Clark now has the choice to go make half one million {dollars} per recreation within the BIG3.  

Clark has not but publicly commented on the job supply, however as the preferred faculty basketball participant within the nation — male or feminine — it would not all come all the way down to wage variations. She’ll even have to contemplate endorsement offers as properly. 

In keeping with ESPN, the WNBA mentioned Clark stands to make greater than $3 million in endorsements and partnerships if she indicators with a staff subsequent season. That is along with offers she already has with large manufacturers like Nike, State Farm, and Gatorade. 

The WNBA season ideas off on Might 13, a couple of month earlier than the beginning of BIG3. Subsequently, it is unlikely that Clark can take part in each leagues on the identical time. But it surely’s an choice Ice Dice remains to be contemplating a chance. 

“We have considered it, it is undoubtedly doable,” he mentioned on an episode of The Pat McAfee Present. “You realize, each leagues play on CBS, so after all they adore it if we will make it occur. So, it is as much as the participant. As a league we’ll make it occur. We have all the time wished to work with the WNBA.”

The BIG3 is knowledgeable 3-on-3 basketball league that was co-founded in 2017 by Ice Dice and leisure government Jeff Kwatinetz. The league options some former NBA gamers competing in a half-court format, with distinctive guidelines — together with a four-point shot — and seeks to supply basketball followers aggressive leisure throughout the NBA offseason. 

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