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Good day: Ice Dice, Big3 supply Caitlin Clark $5M

Ice Cube gives McAfee inside scoop on Big3 offer to Caitlin Clark (1:53) Big3 co-founder Ice Cube gives Pat McAfee details on his offer to Caitlin Clark to join the league. (1:53) Michael Voepel, ESPN.comMar 27, 2024, 12:30 PM ET Close Michael Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s college basketball, and other college sports for espnW.

Good day: Ice Dice, Big3 supply Caitlin Clark $5M

Ice Dice offers McAfee inside scoop on Big3 supply to Caitlin Clark (1:53)

Big3 co-founder Ice Dice offers Pat McAfee particulars on his supply to Caitlin Clark to hitch the league. (1:53)

  • Michael Voepel, ESPN.comMar 27, 2024, 12:30 PM ET

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      Michael Voepel covers the WNBA, ladies’s school basketball, and different school sports activities for espnW. Voepel started protecting ladies’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996.

Iowa ladies’s basketball star Caitlin Clark has been provided $5 million to play within the Big3 league, co-founder Ice Dice confirmed on social media on Wednesday.

“We meant the supply to stay personal whereas Caitlin Clark performs for the championship,” Ice Dice wrote on X. “However I will not deny what’s now already on the market: BIG3 made a historic supply to Caitlin Clark. Why would not we? Caitlin is a generational athlete who can obtain large success within the BIG3.

“The skeptics laughed after we made Nancy Lieberman the primary feminine coach of a males’s professional crew, and she or he received the championship in her first yr. Then Lisa Leslie received all of it in yr two. With our supply, Caitlin Clark could make historical past and break down much more obstacles for ladies athletes.”

Clark, who might be taking part in within the NCAA event Candy 16 this weekend in Albany, New York, was not obtainable for remark Wednesday morning. ESPN reached out to her company, Excel, for remark.

ESPN additionally reached out to the WNBA and the league’s gamers’ union on whether or not Clark taking part in in one other league can be allowed underneath the collective bargaining settlement. The league has prioritization guidelines in its CBA, which might have an effect on gamers who take part in abroad leagues. However it stays to be seen whether or not these would stop Clark’s Big3 participation.

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The WNBA had no touch upon Clark and the Big3 league, however a spokesperson mentioned: “Caitlin Clark stands to make a half million {dollars} or extra in WNBA earnings this coming season, along with what she is going to obtain by way of endorsements and different partnerships, which has been reported to already exceed $3 million.”

The WNBA’s determine contains the cash Clark may make in a advertising settlement with the league, however it isn’t assured. Clark is predicted to be the WNBA’s No. 1 draft decide on April 15 by the Indiana Fever. WNBA rookie salaries for lottery draft picks (Nos. 1 by way of 4) in 2024 are $76,535 and climb to $97,582 by their fourth season.

A spokesperson for the union mentioned officers had been unaware of the Big3 supply and could not remark.

Showing on “The Pat McAfee Present” on Wednesday, Ice Dice mentioned he thinks “it is undoubtedly doable” in his thoughts for Clark to play within the Big3 and WNBA. He mentioned it will take a 10-week dedication (on Saturdays) on Clark’s half, accounting for the league’s playoffs.

“It is as much as the participant. We have at all times needed to work with the WNBA,” he mentioned. “We have needed to work with the NBA however sadly that hasn’t been in a position to occur however perhaps this can open the door for that.”

Ice Dice mentioned he believes Lieberman can be the proper coach and mentor for Clark if she accepts the Big3’s supply. He mentioned he believes Clark’s presence would put the Big3 into “a distinct stratosphere.”

He mentioned Clark is “a particular participant that is shifting the needles in a whole lot of completely different areas — rankings, attendance, ticket gross sales. So in fact, our sponsors are very inquisitive about a participant like this.”

Clark already has a substantial endorsement portfolio with firms reminiscent of Nike, State Farm, Gatorade and Gainbridge, which has naming rights for the sector in Indianapolis, the place the WNBA’s Fever and the NBA’s Pacers play.

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