Drake and basketball go together as perfectly as maple syrup and ice hockey. The Canadian rapper is a die-hard Toronto Raptors fan. He’s even directly affected the games he’s attended through his mere presence. Drizzy is such a fixture, they even let him do whatever he wants during Raptors TV broadcasts.

The Raptors are no longer enough to scratch Drake’s hoops itch. On his Instagram story, the 6 God reached out to the WNBA to let them know he wants to see pro women’s ball in Toronto.

“@wnba I need a Toronto team”

Drake is a Raptors employee. He was brought on as a global ambassador for the franchise in 2013. Toronto has made the NBA playoffs every year since then. The team won the NBA championship in 2019. It has been a very successful partnership.

Drake’s influence might be enough to get the league to consider placing a franchise in Ontario. The guy is so popular that he’s tying records set by Rap God Eminem. The Raptors are #3 in the league in home attendance so far this season. Perhaps a WNBA squad is just what the Toronto fans ordered.

The WNBA opened its doors in 1997 and have remained the highest level of women’s basketball in the United States. Strong television partnerships and excellent co-branding of the league with the equivalent NBA have made the league a mainstay in American sports.

The league is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. Their “Count It” campaign is a celebration of women’s basketball. The league played its entire 2020 season without fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Do you think Toronto should get a WNBA team? Let us know in the comments!

Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a writer for Ringside News and its sister pop-culture news site, Thirsty for News. He’s been a pro wrestling fan since he was old enough to talk, which places his origins as a fan back to WrestleMania 3. If you look closely, you can find him in his teenage form in the crowd during the 1998 King of the Ring and any number of ECW FanCam tapes. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. His writing experience includes work for 247Sports, F4WOnline, and a litany of completely random freelance copywriting and ghostwriting jobs. Michael is working hard every day to bring a little extra to the stories he tells. With a passion for pro wrestling and pop culture, he’s delivering the news with the context it takes to understand it. He believes the world of professional wrestling is one of the most fascinating cultural phenomena of all time and loves to weave together it’s past and present. In his spare time, Michael likes to torture himself as a University of Pittsburgh football fan, sample tasty beers, and pretending to be good at Rocket League.

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