Toronto Raptors Ambassador Drake calls for an expansion of the WNBA
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We know Drake, the Canadian born hip hop star, is a huge basketball fan. He can often be seen at NBA and WNBA events and refers to both leagues in various texts. He even has an official job with his home team, the Toronto Raptors.
Now the superstar musician is trying to get the WNBA in Canada.
“I need a team from Toronto,” wrote Drake, née Aubrey Graham, on Wednesday morning in an Instagram story to his 95.5 million followers. He also tagged the official WNBA account.
. @ Drake has spoken 🗣
(via @espnW) pic.twitter.com/BHDfyMDBnk
– ESPN (@espn) November 3, 2021
Evidence that Drake supports the W has been around for some time. That summer, the four-time Grammy winner rocked the WNBA’s iconic orange hoodie. In his verse on Travis Scott’s 2018 track “Sicko Mode,” Drake referred to Liz Cambage. He posted a picture with the Las Vegas Aces striker on Instagram on Wednesday evening.
Although the NBA has been in Canada since 1995, there are no WNBA teams outside of the United States. The last time the league expanded to include 12 teams was in 2009 when they added the Atlanta Dream.
Expansion is not a new topic for the league, however, and new teams could be added soon, according to WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert.
“I suspect that next summer, or around this time next year, in our 26th [new franchises might land]“, Said Engelbert in October Mechelle Voepel and Tisha Thompson from ESPN.
Former WNBA player Alana Beard has joined efforts to bring an expansion team to Oakland, the 14-year-old veteran announced in October.
Beard, who won the WNBA championship with the Los Angeles Sparks in 2016, announced that she will partner with the African American Sports & Entertainment Group to pursue a new franchise.
Drake’s pitch isn’t the first about a team in Canada.
Minnesota Lynx guard Bridget Carleton – who is from Chatham-Kent, Ontario and has played on the Canadian national team – tweeted that she has “officially started manifesting” to bring a professional women’s basketball league to her homeland .
Men’s professional basketball continues to grow in 🇨🇦 … I have officially started manifesting a Canadian professional basketball league for women in the near future https://t.co/PpTdYHtZtM
– Bridget Carleton (@bridgecarleton) October 27, 2021
In 2019, The Undefeated’s Sean Hurd wrote how Drake’s successful work with the Raptors makes him an ideal candidate to bring an expansion team to Canada.
Meanwhile, WNBA teams have consistently sold for around $ 10-15 million, according to public records, published reports, and sports bankers. Drake’s fortune? Estimated to be $ 150 million or more. Insert eye emoji here.