Apr 18, 2024 - Sports

Chicago Sky ticket prices soar but player salaries remain low

Women's basketball players tip off at SEC game with SEC emblem on the floor.

Kamilla Cardoso and Angel Reese start the March 10 championship game of the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament. Photo: Eakin Howard/Getty Images

The Chicago Sky are enjoying citywide jubilation after a successful WNBA draft, which is already reaping benefits.

The big picture: Selecting Kamilla Cardoso and Angel Reese has led to a fervor on social media, along with a run on tickets at Wintrust Arena.

The latest: If you're looking for tickets to marquee games like the Indiana Fever matchup (featuring Caitlin Clark), be ready to shell out big bucks. Ticketmaster has a few seats left, going for as much as $1,700.

  • Tickets for an earlier home game against the Atlanta Dream are going for over $200 a piece.

Between the lines: The price surge may be lousy for last-minute fans, but hopefully a sign of economic vitality for Chicago's WNBA team, even if the players aren't seeing it — yet.

  • Both Cardoso and Reese will be on rookie deals that pay them each less than $100,000 a year.
Data: Spotrac; Chart: Axios Visuals Correction: The chart subhead was corrected to reflect that the salaries are average annual salaries.

Context: WNBA players don't have the same revenue-sharing agreements as NBA players, but they can opt out of their current union agreements later in the year to negotiate a better share and higher pay.

Go deeper: One NBA benchwarmer will earn more than Caitlin Clark's entire team

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