The two top teams of the WNBA standings will face off tonight in the second-ever Commissioner’s Cup. In Chicago’s WinTrust Arena, the top-seeded Chicago Sky will play against the second-seeded Las Vegas Aces.
Last year, the Seattle Storm took down the Connecticut Sun in the first-ever Commissioner’s Cup, securing extra prize money on the season. The initiative was introduced through the WNBA’s new collective bargaining agreement.
The prize pool of $500,000 is split between both teams in the final, with the winning team receiving $30,000 per player and the losing team receiving $10,000 per player. The MVP of the game also receives an additional $5,000.
The competition was introduced as a way to have more monetary incentives for the league’s athletes. This season, two teams that clinched their playoff spot will meet in Tuesday’s game.
Chicago and Las Vegas have played one another twice this season, splitting the series 1-1. Las Vegas took the first win 83-76 at Wintrust Arena, but the Sky beat the Aces right back on their own home court as they took a 104-95 win at Michelob ULTRA Arena.
The two teams will face off once more in Las Vegas on Aug. 11 after the Commissioner’s Cup.