A Grammy Award-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 set his sights on a WNBA team.
“@WNBA I need a Toronto team,” Drake wrote about her Instagram story today.
Shortly thereafter she posted a photo with downtown Las Vegas Aces and Australian Opals Liz Cambage, jokingly calling her the “face of the franchise.”
The Raptors have risen in popularity and value in recent seasons, winning the NBA championship in 2019 and this year Forbes ranked them as the 10th most valuable franchise in the league.
As the WNBA’s viewership and popularity grow, particularly this season, the league has discussed potential expansion, with Commissioner Cathy Engelbert pointing it out ahead of Game 1 of the 2021 WNBA Finals last month.
“Expansion is on the horizon” she said.
“I suspect that by next summer or this time next year, in our 26th season, we will talk about the number of teams and a list of where[newfrancsmightland”Engelbert[newfranchisesmightland”Engelbert[nuovefranchigiepotrebberoatterrare”Engelbert[newfranchisesmightland”Engelbertsaid ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel and Tisha Thompson in October.
Ahead of the Raptors game against the Washington Wizards today, 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 pours in. I imagine it would be enormously successful.”