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Dallas Wings Rejoice in Caitlin Clark Effect Leading to WNBA Charters: “I’m Excited”

After years of discussions, complaints and suggestions, WNBA players will now enjoy charter privileges. In a landmark decision, commissioner Cathy Engelbert announced Tuesday that the WNBA is prepared to spend $50 million over the next two years to guarantee full-time charter flight service for every team. The move comes just days after Caitlin Clark faced some security concerns at the Dallas airport. This commitment has received favorable responses since it was made public. The latest to rejoice are the familiar faces of Dallas Wings guard Arike Ogunbowale, center Kalani Brown and head coach Latricia Trammell.

They were recently asked to shed some light on this development. Ogunbowale went first and said: “I’m excited. How long have you been out of the airport? No more security, nothing like that. I’m excited. It’s a relief. It’s been a long time.” However, the talented number 24 was not the only one who was explicitly delighted with this move. She was quickly joined by her teammate and 6-foot-4 Kalani Brown at center.

Brown believed it’s also about the decline in lifestyle college athletes faced after leaving “good money” schools into the professional sphere. She added: “Now we don’t have to be at the airport three hours earlier. Worry about random cancellations and having to sit in the airport if you have a game the next day. It took a long time and we are super grateful.”

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The demand for such action by the league made headlines after Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner ran into trouble at the airport last year. Apparently, she and her teammates were harassed at the Dallas airport. However, she denied the exclusive charter privileges granted to her at the time and decided to travel with the team. But with the Caitlin Clark effect in full swing, this became a more national story.

This could likely be why the WNBA was forced to make this move after years of backlash from fans and players. In the meantime, 2x USBWA National Player of the Year Caitlin Clark gave her first reactions to the decision.

Caitlin Clark welcomes the WNBA’s sanctioning of charter flights

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The 6-foot-1 guard was as happy as anyone when he heard of this approval. She thought about it after the team’s Wednesday practice. Clark said: “You travel with security, which is nice. It’s just different from college, where you put your bag on the plane, get on the plane and then leave. But just as you wait at the baggage claim, you have to go through normal security with everyone else. For me it was the first time I did it. It wasn’t terrible. I just went about my business and kept my head down.”

Whether it’s because of Caitlin Clark or not, the decision certainly solves some huge safety concerns for the players. Moreover, it also gives female athletes a long-awaited assessment that they certainly deserve. Fans are hoping for more such steps to improve the division in the near future.

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