VOTE. VOTE. VOTE.
While it may be considered lazy journalism to repeat yesterday’s news, the importance of getting out to vote today cannot be overstated. As Spencer Nusbaum wrote about yesterday, the importance of this presidential election supersedes any daily sports news.
However, that does mean that the social justice warriors of the WNBA are not making headlines. The Los Angeles Sparks have been proactive on social media spreading awareness for voting registration and the voting process.
Their activism is on both the team and individual player level. The Sparks home court, the Staples Center, opened up as an early voting center last week.
WNBA social council member Tierra Ruffin-Pratt shed light on the importance of local elections and not just the big one. “I think a lot of people lose sight of the local elections when it’s around the president…The local elections are what’s most important in my mind because they really determine what happens in the place that you’re from,” Ruffin-Pratt said.
Teammate Chelsea Gray has been just as active on both the voting and social justice scene with her Rock the Vote and Equality California partnerships. She concluded with a call to action, saying, “I’m just letting people know that we have power, our vote is power. And we dictate who we want in office, we control our history and what we want,” Gray said.
On the court, the reigning runner-ups are laying low, for now. With most of their core under contract through 2021, the Las Vegas Aces have focused their attention on resigning Liz Cambage and Kayla McBride.
Once that is done, and it should not be too much trouble financially unless there are outside suitors who up the bid in McBride, then Las Vegas will have a choice to make. They can either pay multiple players the minimum to stay under the salary cap, or they can choose to come in with less than 12 players.
This would allow the Aces the ability to possibly resign Danielle Robinson on a one-year deal, or search for another back-up guard in free agency who would command a similar salary.
As a whole, it is not a particularly overwhelming offseason for Las Vegas, who will just be looking to get over the hump in the WNBA Finals.
And one more time for good measure, vote.