Kahleah Copper fans still can’t buy her jersey despite being WNBA Champion, Finals MVP in 2021
Philly native Kahleah Copper set the WNBA on fire in 2021, winning a championship with the Chicago Sky. Even more impressively, she took home Finals MVP honors. The success added her name to the list of women’s basketball icons to have come out of Philly. The only problem? You can’t buy her jersey anywhere.
Sounds absurd, right? Well, even though it is, it’s very much the case. It’s been months since she lit up the WNBA Finals and we still can’t get any gear with her name on it.
For some reason, the WNBA Store (a Fanatics experience) has an absurdly limited collection of jerseys to choose from. In fact, this is something fans of the WNBA have complained about for a while.
One Twitter user explained the W’s failure goes beyond Copper:
Before you start to doubt @WNBAPhilly’s claim, I did my due diligence as a journalist and logged onto wnbastore.nba.com myself. Let me tell you, it’s just as grim as they described, if not 10 times worse.
I’ll be honest, I’m not a numbers guy, but the shop’s “Jersey Headquarters” tab has a grand total of 50 items. The majority of which are All-Star jerseys, as @WNBAPhilly pointed out.
I’m not going to sit here and act like I’m some massive WNBA fan that is totally up in arms about the whole thing. All I am is a basketball fan who wants a Kahleah Copper jersey because she’s a baller from my area but can’t get one because the WNBA is a joke of an organization. So I am up in arms about that for sure.
I see why WNBA fans are so pissed off. Not only is the inventory minimal, but the whole store is also just full of ugly or boring merchandise. Just take a look at the Chicago Sky championship gear page.
Wow, really setting the world on fire with this stuff. No Copper jersey but three pairs of crappy slides. Smart business.
I don’t see how the WNBA expects to grow without marketing its stars. One argument people make, myself included, is that if the league was actually a good product, they would make money. At the same time, though, it doesn’t seem like the NBA is exactly trying its hardest to help the league succeed.
I guarantee you if we could buy a Kahleah Copper jersey right after that WNBA title win, Philly would’ve purchased the entire stock. Instead, we’re stuck waiting for the league to cut the crap and figure it out.
The women’s game is growing exponentially, but the WNBA needs to get out of its own way on this one. Then maybe we can talk about bringing a team to Philly.
Mandatory Credit: On The Banks