The WNBA has just released new jersey designs in partnership with Nike to celebrate the league’s 25th anniversary. The 12 teams launched three new jerseys – the Heroine, Explorer and Rebel editions – to represent each team’s stories.
“The basketball uniform is an important brand representation of WNBA players and teams and a point of pride for fans,” Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement Thursday.
The Indiana Fever Rebel jersey is inspired by the Netflix show “Stranger Things”, while the New York Liberty and Chicago Sky’s Rebel uniforms are inspired by past and present struggles for social justice and women’s equality.
Shirt numbers also appear on the front of each uniform. In recent years, excessive branding on the front of shirts without numbers has made it difficult to identify players.
“We have uniforms that are uniquely our own,” Seattle Storm star Sue Bird said in a statement. “Each jersey shares a story that represents our city, and the distinction allows us to express our own creativity and individual style.”
Nike said it created the jersey line to better fit players and incorporated more inclusive sizing options for teams, so players no longer have to roll up their shorts for a better fit or fasten. their swimsuits to their bra straps.
“When our team met our athletes, their feedback was very clear,” said Tania Flynn, Nike’s vice president for women’s apparel design, in a statement. “They wanted a uniform to match them, not the one they had to fit into. They wanted a connection to their team and their fans, but also wanted to express their personal style. The new uniforms obsess all of these details for the best players in the world. world, technically. and creatively. “