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Opinion: NFL owner's purchase of WNBA team signals growth potential for women's sports

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Mark Davis put his money where his mouth was when it came to the WNBA.

After spending the last few years telling Las Vegas Aces executives what they really ought to be doing with their franchise – paying the players more, for starters – the Raiders owner has bought the team. His purchase of the Aces from MGM Resorts was approved by the WNBA’s Board of Governors on Friday.

“I’m just excited as hell to get into the future,” Davis told USA TODAY Sports. “I believe women today are going to be the driving force throughout not only sports, but the economy and everything else. I just think it’s time for women. And I’m proud to help, any way I can.”

Davis is hardly the first NFL owner with multiple teams. Stan Kroenke owns the Los Angeles Rams, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rapids and, much to the ire of English soccer fans, Arsenal. Clark Hunt owns the Kansas City Chiefs and FC Dallas.

But Davis’ decision to purchase a WNBA team is the latest indication of the growth potential of women’s sports.



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