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WNBA Finals: The Aces Keep The Good Times Rolling

The game might’ve been won on Sunday, but the party in Las Vegas is just getting started.

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The Aces welcomed thousands of fans to the Las Vegas Strip on Tuesday to celebrate the team’s first WNBA championship.

Buses traveled down Las Vegas Boulevard from Caesars Palace to the Bellagio.

“The Bellagio fountains, we skiing across that thing,” A’ja Wilson jokingly said Sunday during Las Vegas’ postgame availability.
Wilson spoke at the championship rally, as did Kelsey Plum.

Other speakers included Las Vegas Aces owner Mark Davis, president Nikki Fargas, general manager Natalie Williams, Governor Steve Sisolak, and Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft.


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The 5:30 p.m. start time allowed fans of all ages to hit the Strip in celebration.
Wilson, Plum, and Finals MVP Chelsea Gray likely only have one day to celebrate their victory, as they are all on Team USA’s roster for the 2022 FIBA World Cup.

The U.S. tips off tonight against Belgium in Sydney, Australia, with the Aces trio unlikely to play.

Amid the festivities, the biggest announcement came from 2022 All-Star Dearica Hamby.

Hamby told fans on teammate Sydney Colson’s Instagram Live that she played in the Finals this year while pregnant, and she is expecting her second child.

Meanwhile…

The WNBA has wrapped up its most-viewed playoffs since 2007, ESPN announced Tuesday.

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22% — The percentage increase in playoff viewership over the 2021 playoffs, the most in 15 years.

45% — The increase in semifinal viewership over 2021, the most in eight years.

50% — The increase in opening-round viewership over 2021, the most in 15 years.

456,000 — Viewership average over the league’s 23 playoff games.

905,000 — Viewership average for Game 3 of the semifinal series between the Aces and Storm, the second-most for a playoff game ever on ABC.

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