A Grammy-winning artist and global ambassador for the Toronto Raptors, Drake has been a driving force in helping grow the team’s brand over the past few seasons, and then he has his sights set on a WNBA team.
“@WNBA I need a team from Toronto”, Drake wrote in his Instagram story today.
Shortly after, he posted a photo with Las Vegas Aces and Australian Opals center Liz Cambage, jokingly calling her the ‘face of the franchise’.
The Raptors have risen in both popularity and value in recent seasons, winning the NBA championship in 2019 and this year. Forbes ranked them the 10th most valuable franchise in the league.
With the WNBA growing in audience and popularity, this season in particular, the league has discussed a possible expansion, and commissioner Cathy Engelbert pointed it out well in advance of Game 1 of the 2021 WNBA Finals last month.
“Expansion is on the horizon” she said.
“I suspect that by next summer or around this time next year, in our 26th season, we will talk about the number of teams and a list of where[newfranchisescouldland”Engelbert[newfranchisesmightland”Engelbert[podríanaterrizarnuevasfranquicias”Engelbert[newfranchisesmightland”Engelbertsaying ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel and Tisha Thompson in October.
Before the Raptors’ game against the Washington Wizards today, head coach Nick Nurse was asked about Drake’s comments and added his support for the idea.
“I think it would be great. I think Toronto should have a team,” Nurse said.
“This is a golden age, the number of people playing, the amount of talent that is being poured out. I imagine it would be a huge success.”