Will Caitlin Clark Save the WNBA?

A lesson in not shooting yourself in the foot

David Anderson
Bouncin’ and Behavin’ Blogs

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Caitlin Clark seated on the right, viewed from behind, smiliing and talking to teammate Marshall on the left, both in white Iowa Hawkeye uniforms. Other teammates in black warmup suits are clapping in the background.
“Crossover at Kinnick” basketball game in Iowa City, Iowa, October 15, 2023. Photo by U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jason Everett. Public Domain.

Last year, my lady Gamecocks of South Carolina were going into the Final Four undefeated. Their next opponent was Iowa. It seemed they had this hot-shot player named Caitlin Clark. I saw some of her highlights, and I was like, “Damn, she’s good!” For the first time, I thought SC might lose, and they did. Even though Iowa fell to LSU in the final, Clark still lived up to the hype.

She is graduating this year and moving up to the WNBA. The WNBA has struggled for decades to get viewers and sell tickets. In almost thirty years, they have never been profitable. They are about to get a huge boost in viewers because of Clark. Will that be enough to make the league financially sound? That will depend on two things. 1) Will Clark be as good there as she was in the NCAA? 2) Will the established WNBA players give her a chance?

A Historic NCAA Division I Career

This year, it was like if there was any record on the books, she broke it. Here’s a quick rundown.

CAREER POINTS, 3,951. Previous record, Kelsey Plum, playing for Washington, 3,527. And for the men, Pete Maravich, 3,667.

POINTS IN A SEASON, 1,234. Previous record, Plum, 1,109.

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David Anderson
Bouncin’ and Behavin’ Blogs

David Anderson is a blogger, award-winning author, bible geek, and novice crypto investor. Doubting Thomas is my patron saint.