WNBA and Wilson unveil official game ball of Commissioner’s Cup presented by Coinbase

CHICAGO – The WNBA and the Wilson Sporting Goods Co., today unveiled the official game ball that will be in use throughout the WNBA Commissioner’s Cup presented by Coinbase in-season tournament, which tips off on Saturday, June 1 when the Chicago Sky, led by Angel Reese, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2024 WNBA draft class, visit the Indiana Fever and Caitlin Clark, the No. 1 overall selection and official Wilson Athlete (12:00 p.m. ET, ESPN).  That game marks the first meeting between Reese and Clark as pros.

The ball, featuring powerful new black and white colorways, is made of the same composite leather used in the manufacturing of the WNBA’s standard game ball, which integrates Wilson’s Evo NXT® construction.

“Introducing a new ball for the Commissioner’s Cup presented by Coinbase is a step forward in making our in-season tournament a distinct and recognizable WNBA tentpole,” said Bethany Donaphin, Head of WNBA League Operations. “The fire orange and white WNBA ball remains iconic, but this new black, white, and rose gold color scheme makes it instantly clear to fans when they are watching a Commissioner’s Cup game.”

Eight alternating black and white panels are highlighted by embossed, stylized graphics, with the rose gold color prominently featured against both backgrounds. An image of the championship trophy of the Commissioner’s Cup is visible on one white panel, while another features text identifying the ball as the “Official Commissioner’s Cup Ball,” and also bears the signature of WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert. Similarly, the iconic “Wilson®” name appears in rose gold.

The Official Commissioner’s Cup ball will be available for purchase beginning today exclusively at Wilson.com.

Launched in 2021, the WNBA Commissioner’s Cup presented by Coinbase is the WNBA’s in-season competition that designates a portion of regular-season conference games in the first half of the season as “Commissioner’s Cup games.”

In December, the WNBA announced a reconfigured format for the Commissioner’s Cup presented by Coinbase that will see each team play a total of five Commissioner’s Cup games, one against each of its in-conference rivals. All WNBA games played during the two-week period from June 1-13 will be Commissioner’s Cup presented by Coinbase qualifying games and are part of the team’s 40-game schedule with the results counting toward the team’s regular-season win-loss record.

The team from each conference with the top record in Commissioner’s Cup games will compete for a $500,000 prize pool in the Commissioner’s Cup Championship presented by Coinbase, which will be played on Tuesday, June 25 at the arena of the team with the best record in Cup play. Coinbase has committed an additional $120,000 in cryptocurrency to the prize pool, which includes $5,000 for each player in the championship game.

The Commissioner’s Cup presented by Coinbase will continue to feature a platform through which the league makes charitable contributions to non-profit organizations aligned to the players’ social justice work. For each Cup game from June 1-13, the winning team will receive a monetary donation of $3,000 for their chosen local organization; losing teams will earn $1,000 for their selected organization. An additional $10,000 donation will be made to the non-profit organization aligned with the winner of the Commissioner’s Cup Championship and $5,000 will be made to the organization of the runner-up. The donations will be presented to each organization at the conclusion of the Commissioner’s Cup Championship.

For more information, visit WNBA.com.