The WNBA Las Vegas Aces had one of the busiest weeks in sports. The team had three major events to happen. The first story might be one of my favorite over the past few years.
1) “A’ja Wilson Statue Installed at Colonial Life Arena in South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. (January 15, 2021)—South Carolina Athletics installed a statue of women’s basketball great A’ja Wilson this week in front of Colonial Life Arena, celebrating the legendary career of the Hopkins, S.C., native who led the Gamecocks to the 2017 NCAA National Championship, 2015 NCAA Final Four, three SEC regular-season championships and four SEC Tournament titles.
“A’ja Wilson’s accomplishments, on and off the basketball court, make this statue so deserving,” South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner said. “She is an outstanding representative of Gamecock Athletics and our University. I am delighted that we can celebrate her in this manner. Thank you to everyone who helped get this done, including our great donors.””
2) Las Vegas Aces Sold
“I am excited to announce that I have entered into an agreement
to purchase the Las Vegas franchise in the WNBA from MGM Resorts International.
I will have more to say once I receive official approval from the WNBA Board of Governors
and have had a chance to speak with the players, coaches and administrators of the team.”
“We can confirm we have entered into an agreement to sell the Las Vegas Aces to Mark Davis
and are awaiting approval from the WNBA Board of Governors.
Mark is a longtime champion of women’s basketball
and we believe he is the right person to lead the Aces into a new era.
We will continue our enthusiastic support of the WNBA, NBA and basketball in Las Vegas.”
President of Entertainment & Sports, MGM Resorts International
3) Las Vegas Aces Core Liz Cambage
CORE PLAYERS – The Core designation gives that team exclusive negotiating rights with the player. Players can receive a Core designation only three times in their career; in 2022, it will be two times in their careers.