Ought to Caitlin Clark – the face of school girls’s
basketball – declare for the 2024 WNBA Draft or return to Iowa for an additional
season? That’s the literal million-dollar query dealing with Clark, who presently
makes a fortune from her NIL offers with manufacturers akin to Nike, Gatorade, State
Farm and Bose, however stands to make considerably much less cash by going professional –
ironic contemplating student-athletes couldn’t monetize their NIL just a few years
in the past.
In accordance with Hawkeyes Wire, Clark’s NIL valuation is estimated at $818,000, which locations her within the prime 5 amongst feminine collegiate athletes and No. 29 amongst all collegiate athletes.
If Clark have been to go professional, she stands to make $76,535 from the primary yr of her WNBA contract, per Spotrac. Whereas there’s the probability of Clark’s NIL sponsorships carrying over into her profession as a professional athlete, veteran sports activities analyst Michael Wilbon has urged the WNBA to repair their wage hole or danger shedding generational athletes akin to Clark.
“The NIL — controversial as it’s — supplies some huge cash to Caitlin Clark and so many others,” Wilbon said on ESPN’s “PTI” on Monday. “The WNBA, on this particular case, cannot come near that. It will be attention-grabbing to see how that evolves — each the league and what it might pay versus NIL offers and what these pays.”
The Hawkeye Wire article instructed the potential for the
SWARM collective and native companies in Iowa attractive Clark with a one-year supply,
price $1,014,168, that could possibly be the equal of 3 times Clark’s WNBA
contract plus her current sponsorship offers. The argument is that Clark sells out every arena she steps into, with Entrance Workplace Sports activities reporting that even
visiting groups have seen their attendance skyrocket by 145%.
Briefly, Clark is a field workplace draw and probably the long run face of
all sports activities.
Clark herself stays undecided about going professional later this yr, beforehand floating the thought of returning to Iowa to pursue her Master’s degree and proceed suiting up for the Hawkeyes. Nonetheless, Clark has additionally referred to taking part in within the WNBA as “a dream” in a number of interviews.
Many imagine that Clark’s arrival within the WNBA may repair the longstanding wage issues which have gripped the league, permitting star gamers akin to Breanna Stewart, A’ja Wilson and Kelsey Plum to earn wages nearer to their male counterparts within the NBA.