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Caitlin Clark is reportedly closing in on an eight-figure contract with Nike

Just a few days after former Iowa guard Caitlin Clark was drafted first by the WNBA’s Indiana Fever, watched by more than two million people, the 22-year-old is closing in on an eight-figure endorsement deal with Nike, according to The Athletics.

It is unclear what the exact value of the deal is and how long it will last.

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According to the report, the deal would come with her own signature shoe. When the college season ended, so did Clark’s NIL deal with Nike, making her a free agent on the apparel endorsement market. Clark wore the Nike Sabrina 1s in her first official photo in a Fever uniform.

Under Armor and Adidas have also made “significant” offers, according to Clark The Athletics, but it’s unclear how these offers compared to Nike’s. Nike has an established relationship with the WNBA and has made an equity investment in the league in 2022.

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Iowa was a Nike-sponsored school and Clark regularly wore shoes from Kobe Bryant’s sneaker line. She was known to sign the game-worn shoes and give them to fans as she left the field.

Her four years at Iowa were spent rewriting the college basketball history book as she finished her career scoring 3,951 points, the most in men’s and women’s basketball after passing “Pistol” Pete Maravich. She finished the 2023–2024 season with 1,234 points, the most points scored in a women’s season. The first commercial shown after breaking Maravich’s record was a Nike ad congratulating her.

Demand for Clark memorabilia is already skyrocketing with her WNBA debut less than a month away. Indiana Fever No. 22 jerseys, made by Nike, sold out on Fanatics’ website two days after the pick was announced. If fans want to get their hands on a Clark jersey, they may have to wait until August for it to ship as Nike ramps up production to meet demand.

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Now that Clark is in the WNBA, more sponsors will come to her in hopes of getting a piece of the league’s biggest young star. She said at the draft evening that the way she handles approvals remains business as usual.

“I feel like it doesn’t change anything from how I’ve been living this past year,” Clark said. “The sponsorship remains the same. The people around me, agents and the like, have been able to help and guide me over the past year.”

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