6’8″ women’s basketball phenom, Brittney Griner has made dozens of headlines lately and her latest is bringing major dough into her pockets. While still on the pursuit of her degree from Beylor University, Griner’s signed with the WNBA and drafted as the number one pick earlier this month! Now the superstar baller has signed a deal with Nike! Griner said at a WNBA press conference, “It’s humbling, it’s a true honor to be a part of this league. It’s a dream come true. I feel like a little kid in Disney World for the first time.”
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USA Today Sports confirmed Brittney’s new “big time” deal:
Transforming the women’s professional game won’t come as easy. The challenge for Griner and the league she’s now the face of won’t be putting on a show, it’ll be drawing an audience. Following a season with an attendance-low of 7,457 fans per game, the WNBA has made Griner the focal point of a new era highlighted by a new logo and $12 million ESPN television deal.
Towering expectations await Griner in the WNBA. On the court, she’s expected to bolster a Mercury team that finished 7-27 last year with star guard Diana Taurasi sidelined. Off the court, the bigger goal will likely come with drawing endorsements, still uncommon in women’s team sports.
Congrats to Brittney! There’s big things coming from this woman! She may single-handedly change the way we perceive women’s basketball! Stay tuned!
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