Caitlin Clark’s 8-figure endorsement deal for Nike signature shoe will make up for paltry WNBA contract that left fans stunned

Caitlin Clark will always be paid like a star.

Fans were stunned to learn how small Clark’s first WNBA contract would be.


Caitlin Clark continues to rise in popularity and may soon become a Nike athleteCredit: Getty

The Indiana Fever’s recent No. 1 selection will earn just $76,535 for his first professional season, according to Spotrac.

For comparison, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers has a base salary of $47 million for the 2023-24 season, while rookie NBA phenom Victor Wembanyama made $12 million more than Clark.

“Women in sports continue to push new boundaries and inspire us all,” said US President Joe Biden. tweeted. “But right now we are seeing that even if you are the best, women are not getting their fair share.

“It’s time we give our daughters the same opportunities as our sons and ensure women get the pay they deserve.”

The wildly popular Clark, whose jersey is already sold out, was still going to make the majority of her professional money through endorsements in the WNBA, and her big payday would be about to happen.

Clark is close to signing an eight-figure deal with Nike that should provide him with a signature shoe, according to The Athletic.

Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Cristiano Ronaldo and Serena Williams are among the global sports superstars associated with Nike.

Clark is about to establish his own relationship with the brand.

Fans can't get enough of Clark as former Iowa star enters WNBA


Fans can’t get enough of Clark as former Iowa star enters WNBACredit: Getty
The Air Jordans made famous by Michael made Nike a global brand


The Air Jordans made famous by Michael made Nike a global brandCredit: Getty

Kids, teens and adults could soon be wearing Clark’s signature shoe as she begins her WNBA career with Indiana.

Clark set the all-time NCAA record at Iowa and reached the national championship game for the second straight season.

College basketball star Caitlin Clark crashed to ground by Ohio fan storming court

But due to the WNBA’s ongoing financial and popularity issues, she won’t be paid like an NBA star.

“The WNBA needs to step up their game. This is ridiculous,” one fan tweeted.

“Third round picks need to be paid in chicken tenders and Red Bull, sheeesh,” a second fan posted. “I hope she gets a percentage of the jersey sales.”

However, Nike will help Clark to the bank, while her new Fever jersey was completely sold out less than an hour after her WNBA draft selection.


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