Tonight, the Sky go up against the Seattle Storm on ESPN2. It’s one of three nationally broadcast games for Chicago’s WNBA team this season, under a new league-wide TV deal that excited Sky owner Michael Alter when we discussed it in April.
Alter’s pre-season optimism for the team and the business centered on rookie Elena Delle Donne. With a third of the regular season in the can, she’s made good. The second over-all draft pick is leading her draft class in scoring (19.5 points per game) and percentage from the free-throw line (an outrageous .947 — Kevin Durant led the NBA’s last regular season with .905 from the charity line). Continue reading
Sky rookie Elena Delle Donne (center) sits with teammate Epiphanny Prince at pre-season game. (Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
Lately, I’ve been following the Chicago Sky’s business operation as the women’s basketball team gears up for its eighth season, which opens the last week of May.
It’s been interesting to poke around inside a major league team that’s still in relative infancy. Sure, readers (and editors) care more about the Bulls, but it’s easy to forget that the NBA wasn’t always a behemoth. Continue reading
Elena Delle Donne at Wrigley Field. Photo: Chicago Sky
Elena Delle Donne, the first-round 2013 draft pick for the Chicago Sky (the city’s WNBA team), and the second overall draft, is 23, with a slender six-foot-five frame. A star basketball player at the University of Delaware, the recent grad had been in Chicago for less than a week when, last Monday, she threw out the ceremonial pitch at Wrigley Field.
Before the pitch, Delle Donne hung out by the home dugout with her older brother Gene, visiting from Delaware. Wearing a Cubs cap and jersey with her Sky number, 11, she tucked her fingers in the pockets of her jeans and waited. Baseball, she says, is not her sport. “There’s always a few nerves,” she said, eyeing the pitcher’s mound. “Mainly, I don’t want to look stupid.” Continue reading