Caitlin Clark’s WNBA Debut: How To Watch, Her Rookie Salary, and More

The former Iowa superstar will make her professional debut on May 14 against the Connecticut Sun.
Caitlin Clark
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For the last two years, Caitlin Clark set the college basketball world on fire. Now her sights are set on the WNBA.

That's right, folks. The moment has finally arrived. On Tuesday, May 14, Clark will make her regular season professional basketball debut for the Indiana Fever against the Connecticut Sun. She was the No. 1 pick in the 2024 WNBA draft last month and is merely two months removed from her national championship run with the Iowa Hawkeyes.

It is an incredibly exciting moment. Clark's star power is amazing and the hype surrounding her entry into the professional waters is reaching a breaking point.

Here's everything you need to know about her WNBA debut.

How to Watch Caitlin Clark's WNBA Debut

The Indiana Fever will tip off against the Connecticut Sun at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 14. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2, and will stream live on ESPN+ as well as Disney+.

In order to watch the game, you must turn to the ESPN2 channel on your cable or streaming package. Alternatively, you can log into your ESPN+ account or Disney+ account, both of which require subscriptions. At this time neither subscription service is offering a free trial.

WNBA League Pass

In case you were wondering, the WNBA does in fact have a streaming service equivalent of NBA League Pass. An annual subscription for WNBA League Pass is $34.99, and a monthly subscription is $12.99.

However, WNBA League Pass will not be available to stream Clark's debut. Since the Fever-Sun game is on a national broadcast, it is blacked out on League Pass. Should you desire, you can watch the game in full after its conclusion on League Pass.

Caitlin Clark Preseason Stats

If you want to be a stickler about it, Tuesday night will mark Clark's regular season debut. Her WNBA debut came in the form of two preseason games with the Fever earlier this month.

Clark played 28 minutes against the Dallas Wings on May 3, recording 21 points to go along with 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 5 turnovers. On May 9 the former Iowa star recorded 32 minutes against the Atlanta Dream and posted a statline of 12 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 6 turnovers. She helped the Fever beat the Dream but they lost to the Wings.

All-in, Clark averaged 16.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in two preseason games. At times it was clear she was adjusting to the speed and skill ever-present at the highest level, and other times she looked right at home. In other words, she looked exactly like what you would expect a very talented rookie to look like.

Caitlin Clark Salary

One of the many talking points that have been brought up concerning Clark in recent months has been her salary. WNBA players are famously underpaid, especially compared to their male counterparts, and many argued that Clark might make more money sticking around Iowa one more season for NIL deals. We'll never know if that is true, but Clark does make a surprisingly small salary for an athlete of her caliber.

After the Fever selected Clark with the first pick in the 2024 draft, she signed a four-year contract worth $338,056. That comes out to an average annual salary of $76,535. However! It is important to remember that most of Clark's earnings will come from off-court sponsorships, endorsements, and player marketing agreements with the Fever and the WNBA. In fact, a league spokesperson told Scooby Axson of USA Today in April that Clark stands to make "half a million dollars or more in WNBA earnings" this season.

That's just about everything you need to know about Caitlin Clark's WNBA debut. Enjoy what will undoubtedly be a riveting performance!

Liam McKeone


Liam McKeone is a Senior Writer for the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated. In addition to his role as a writer, he collaborates with other teams across Minute Media to help define his team’s content strategy. He has been in the industry as a content creator since 2017, and prior to joining SI in 2024, Liam worked for NBC Sports Boston and The Big Lead. In addition to his work as a writer, he has hosted the Press Pass Podcast covering sports media and The Big Stream covering pop culture. A graduate of Fordham University, Liam is always up for a good debate and enjoys loudly arguing about sports, rap music, books, and video games. Liam has been a member of the National Sports Media Association (NSMA) since 2020.