Tim McGraw Honors WNBA Star Caitlin Clark at Indianapolis Concert

Country star Tim McGraw pays tribute to WNBA's Caitlin Clark by wearing her jersey at Indianapolis concert, showcasing unity and admiration for rising stars in women's sports.

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Tim McGraw Honors WNBA Star Caitlin Clark at Indianapolis Concert

Tim McGraw Honors WNBA Star Caitlin Clark at Indianapolis Concert

Country music superstar Tim McGraw paid tribute to Caitlin Clark, the first overall pick in the 2024 WNBA Draft, by wearing her Indiana Fever jersey during his concert in Indianapolis on April 18, 2024. The gesture came just days after Clark was selected by the Fever in the draft.

McGraw, who is currently on his Standing Room Only Tour, took the stage wearing Clark's jersey, showcasing his admiration for the rising basketball star. The crowd erupted in applause as McGraw acknowledged the city's newest star athlete. The Fever's official Twitter account also recognized McGraw's tribute, referencing his hit song 'I Like It, I Love It.'

This is not the first time McGraw has shown support for Clark. Last month, during a tour stop in Iowa, he wore Clark's University of Iowa jersey and proclaimed himself to be a "bigger fan" of the 22-year-old. Clark, a Midwest native from Iowa, expressed excitement about being drafted by the Fever, as it allows her to play close to home in a state known for its love of basketball.

Clark had an exceptional college career at Iowa, becoming the NCAA's all-time points leader with 3,951 points and a 37.7% three-point shooting percentage. Her final games in the March Madness tournament were the most-viewed women's college basketball games of all time, with the Iowa-South Carolina championship game drawing 18.7 million viewers, up 89% from the previous year.

Why this matters: Clark's impact on the WNBA is already being felt, as the Washington Mystics have announced that their June 7 game against the Indiana Fever will be moved to a larger venue due to high demand. An economics professor at Ball State University also noted that Clark's presence is likely to significantly boost WNBA viewership and ticket sales, describing her as "the most dominant player, male or female, to ever enter a professional draft."

McGraw's tribute to Clark at his Indianapolis concert symbolizes the unity and admiration within the sports community for young athletes who continue to push boundaries and break records. Clark's jersey has been in high demand, with her one-day jersey sales surpassing even the Dallas Cowboys, the NFL's most popular brand, indicating the growing cultural impact of women's basketball and rising stars like Clark.

Key Takeaways

  • Tim McGraw wore Caitlin Clark's Indiana Fever jersey at his Indianapolis concert.
  • McGraw has previously shown support for Clark, wearing her Iowa jersey at an Iowa tour stop.
  • Clark had an exceptional college career, becoming the NCAA's all-time points leader.
  • Clark's impact is already being felt, with the Mystics-Fever game moved to a larger venue.
  • Clark's jersey sales have surpassed even the Dallas Cowboys, the NFL's most popular brand.