REPORT: Every Player On The Las Vegas Aces Is Receiving Six-Figure Payday From No Strings Attached Deal

Las Vegas Aces players posing on courtLas Vegas Aces players (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

On Friday, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority announced it would sponsor every player on the Las Vegas Aces on a two-year deal that nets the player $100,000. The organization posted a video on social media of leadership telling the players as well.

The deals were brokered directly with each player’s agents, the authority said, and not through the team, so it would avoid breaking the WNBA’s salary cap rules.

The best thing about this Las Vegas Aces deal is that the players are being given the money — with no strings attached — on top of the regular salaries they will collect for this season and 2025.

In the video, tourism authority president and CEO Steve Hill told the players “the offer’s really simple: we want you to just play, we want you to keep repping Las Vegas, and if you get a three-peat, that’d be icing on the cake.’

This news came just a week after the two-time defending WNBA champions were recognized by President Biden at the White House for their 2023 WNBA Finals win over the New York Liberty in October.

According to the website Spotrac, which tracks player salaries, the sponsorship is higher than the earnings of six Las Vegas Aces players.

The complete list of players getting the money are:

Kierstan Bell

Emma Cannon
Alysha Clark
Sydney Colson
Dyaisha Fair
Chelsea Gray

Megan Gustafson

Kate Martin
Kelsey Plum
Kiah Stokes
A’ja Wilson

Jackie Young

WNBA Investigating Whether Sponsorship Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Is Allowed For The Las Vegas Aces

Las Vegas Aces players (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is providing a $100,000 annual sponsorship to each Aces player for this season and 2025, but that has garnered the attention of the WNBA, which is reportedly investigating whether the sponsorships are allowed.

Because the sponsorship was not arranged with the team by the Las Vegas government, it does not violate the WNBA’s salary cap. However, other clubs can contest the sponsorship’s fairness and ask if it goes against the spirit of the cap regulations.

ESPN reported that the league would investigate whether the deal “violates the spirit of the cap rules” in that it would give the team a recruiting advantage and an extra incentive for players to sign with Las Vegas.

The WNBA salary cap is $1.4 million, and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority deal totals $1.2 million for the team.


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