Tag: WNBA

Las Vegas Aces Celebrate First WNBA Win in Championship Parade

Las Vegas Aces Celebrate First WNBA Win in Championship Parade

In a historic win for Las Vegas, The Las Vegas Aces women’s basketball team are the newest recipients of the 2022 WNBA Championship trophy. They are the first major league team to bring a title to Vegas after beating the Connecticut Sun on Sept. 18–and to show its pride, the city held a championship parade for the team on Tuesday. Topping off an already incredible win, Gov. Steve Sisolak even declared Sept. 20 “Las Vegas Aces Day”. Mark that on your calendars, Aces fans!

Moment of Silence Held for Brittney Griner Before WNBA Game

Moment of Silence Held for Brittney Griner Before WNBA Game

Following the sentencing of Brittney Griner in Russia to nine years in prison on Thursday, the WNBA world continues to show Griner their support. Before the Connecticut Sun and Phoenix Mercury game started, coaches, players, and fans locked arms and silently bowed their heads for 42 seconds– a nod to Griner’s jersey number with the Mercury.

Brittney Griner Wrote Letter To Biden Saying She’s Terrified

Brittney Griner Wrote Letter To Biden Saying She’s Terrified

Brittney Griner sent a handwritten letter to President Joe Biden asking for his help while she is detained in Russia. According to the White House, the WNBA star told the president that she fears she will be detained in Russia indefinitely, and pleaded with the President to not forget about her and the other American prisoners detained in Russia.

Op-Ed: Women’s Sports Aren’t Any Less Entertaining

Op-Ed: Women’s Sports Aren’t Any Less Entertaining

The discussion concerning men’s sports versus women’s sports often centers around a large discrepancy in salary. The largest gap exists in basketball, with NBA players making an average of over $8 million, while a WNBA players earn an average of only $75,000. In soccer, whose female athletes have been recently very outspoke, the difference in pay is nearly $400,000 in the United States. Across the sports basketball, soccer, tennis, baseball, and golf women can make anywhere from 15% to almost 100% less than male athletes. However, the reasoning behind this is about a lot more than numbers, particularly our society’s perception of athletic women.

Former Marine Freed from “Unlawful Detention” in Russia

Former Marine Freed from “Unlawful Detention” in Russia

US Marine veteran Trevor Reed was wrongfully detained in Russia in 2019. Now, he has just been released to see his beloved friends and family again. His family said, “Today, our prayers have been answered and Trevor is safely on his way back to the United States.” Reed came with a prisoner swap when the United States returned pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko who went to prison in 2011 for importing over $100 million worth of cocaine.

WNBA Star Brittney Griner Detained in Russia

WNBA Star Brittney Griner Detained in Russia

American Female Basketball star, Brittney Griner, was arrested in Russia last month at Sheremetyevo International Airport under the accusation of illegally bringing drugs into the country. The Russian Federal Custom Services released the video of a traveler going through airport security captioning that airport officials had detained a basketball player for finding hashish oil in her luggage after a service dog reacted to the presence of drugs. The official Customs video caption read “Customs officers found drugs in the two-time Olympic basketball champion in the U.S. team. In February 2022, an athlete who flew to Moscow from New York went through the green corridor.

$3.5 Million Invested into Women’s Sports Coverage

$3.5 Million Invested into Women’s Sports Coverage

Just Women’s Sports, a start-up that aims to help elevate women’s sports coverage, has attracted some major athletes and announced that they’re receiving $3.5 million in investment from a multitude of individuals and other entities. According to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), only around 4% of sports media is devoted to covering women’s sports. Haley Rosen, who runs Just Women’s Sports, set out to change the narrative by getting women’s sports into the narrative.

Google Partners with WNBA to Champion Women’s Sports

Google Partners with WNBA to Champion Women’s Sports

The Women’s National Basketball Association has signed a multi-year deal with Google to be one of the presenting partners for league playoffs. The deal signed Monday is part of the company’s efforts to “help champion women’s sports.” In celebration of the 25th WNBA season, 25 games will be broadcast on ABC and ESPN, and 40 games will be broadcast on CBS and CBS Sports

The WNBA Finally Getting The Change It Deserves

The WNBA Finally Getting The Change It Deserves

The new WNBA Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that was approved and signed on January 16th, 2020,  has needed to happen for a while now. Up until this new deal, WNBA athletes and their talents had been overlooked for far too long. It is undeniable that they do not bring in the same amount of money […]

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