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Nike Unveils A'ja Wilson's Logo; Caitlin Clark Secures $28M Signature Shoe Deal

Nike reveals A'ja Wilson's logo and Caitlin Clark's $28M deal with signature shoe.

Nike has unveiled A'ja Wilson's new signature logo ahead of her shoe release, while Caitlin Clark has reportedly signed a $28 million deal over eight years, including her signature shoe.

Nike Expands Partnership with WNBA Star A'ja Wilson, Unveils Signature Logo and Shoe Collection

In addition to A'ja Wilson's dominance of the WNBA courts, Nike is also expanding its partnership with her. According to Yahoo Sports, on June 22, the company unveiled the new signature logo for the Las Vegas Aces Forward.

Wilson's signature collection, scheduled to be released in 2025, will feature the logo, a stylized A. The A'One will be the name of Wilson's signature shoe.

After much speculation regarding the absence of a signature shoe for the two-time MVP and two-time Defensive Player of the Year, Wilson disclosed her agreement with Nike in May. The 27-year-old forward definitively responded to the inquiry by sharing a photograph of herself donning a sweatshirt that read "Of Course I Have a Shoe Dot Com," a website that directs users to Nike's news release.

Wilson is the fourth active WNBA player to ink a shoe deal with Nike, following Breanna Stewart, Sabrina Ionescu, and Caitlin Clark, who signed a $28 million contract with Nike in April.

Wilson is the first Black woman to secure a signature shoe with Adidas since Candace Parker did so in 2010, and the first Black woman to sign a shoe contract with Nike since Sheryl Swoopes in 2002 as a result of the agreement.

Wilson is currently dominating the league in points and rebounds, averaging 27.8 points and 11.3 rebounds per game, and is having another dominant season.

The two-time WNBA champion is a significant attraction for Aces supporters, who have been selling out Las Vegas home games record-breakingly throughout the season. The Aces have encountered more significant difficulties than anticipated thus far this season, with a record of 8-6. However, they have recently rebounded with decisive victories over the Seattle Storm and Connecticut Sun this week.

Caitlin Clark Signs $28M Nike Deal, Joins Elite Athletes with Her Own Signature Shoe

According to the Wall Street Journal, Caitlin Clark will receive a signature shoe as part of an endorsement agreement with Nike.

Clark, who was selected by the Indiana Fever as the No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA Draft last week, is expected to sign an eight-year, $28 million contract with Nike. This agreement will allow her to join the ranks of prominent athletes such as LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, Sabrina Ionescu, and Elena Delle Donne, each of whom has their own Nike shoes.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Clark was in high demand by sportswear titans. Under Armour and Adidas, he discussed a contract with the NCAA's all-time leading scorer, with Clark participating significantly in the discussions. However, their proposals ultimately failed to meet Clark's expectations.

Adidas had proposed $6 million over four years, while Under Armour had reportedly offered Clark $16 million.

Puma was also momentarily involved, but it withdrew after discovering that Clark was seeking a minimum of $3 million annually in any potential agreement.

Nike reportedly offered Clark a $3.5 million annual salary, which did not include a signature shoe. Instead, Clark was proposed as the female face of the Kobe Bryant label, which was relaunched last summer. Nike eventually incorporated a signature shoe into an updated proposal.

Clark inked a name, image, and likeness deal with Nike in 2022; however, the agreement expired after the 2023-24 season.

Clark's WNBA contract, expected to pay her $338,056 over four years, will be dwarfed by her purported contract with Nike. Clark will receive a base salary of $76,535 during his inaugural year. This figure was established as part of the WNBA's collectively bargained rookie wage structure before Clark's professional debut.

Clark established a multi-million-dollar brand as a superstar at the University of Iowa, which is why the salary figures are so surprising. Her ascension to the status of the all-time leading scorer in college basketball and an exceptional playmaker secured the Hawkeyes' participation in consecutive national championship games. The NCAA title game between Iowa and South Carolina attracted 18.7 million viewers, approximately 4 million more than the men's championship between UConn and Purdue. This also contributed to record-breaking ratings. Clark was the No. 1 selection by the Fever, leading a parade of rising talents, as the ratings bonanza continued at the WNBA Draft last week.

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