Sky can secure a spot in the Commissioner’s Cup final tomorrow if they win

The Sky is approaching a chance to play for another championship.

Not their second WNBA Championship, but the Commissioner’s Cup Championship game with a $500,000 prize pool on the table.

“We are aware of every game,” said Azurá Stevens. “We’re looking at it game by game. Of course we want to get the extra money, but the goal is to get a [WNBA] championship.”

In its second year, the league will consist of 61 league-wide matches in the season. Last year, the Seattle Storm defeated the Connecticut Sun 79-57 in the inaugural title game.

At 8-0, the Las Vegas Aces have already secured a spot in the final.

The Sky is unbeaten in tournaments (7-0) and has three cup games to go, starting Friday night against the Atlanta Dream. Behind the sky in the standings is the sun (4-2).

If the Sky win two more matches, they’ll get a spot in the final, no matter how the Sun fares.

The easiest way for the Sky to secure a place in the final is to win on Friday night and lose on Sunday.

The championship will be played on July 26, with the home field going to the team with the highest win percentage in the cup game.

When WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert first announced the league in the pre-season 2021, the intent was to give players a greater incentive during the regular season, which would appeal to fans. In the tournament’s second year, the league added a new civic engagement platform.

The nonprofit chosen by each team received $2,000 for each cup win and $500 for each loss. The Sky partnered with Chicago non-profit organization My Block My Hood My City, which raised a $14,000 donation toward the seven wins.

Despite all that is at stake, the opinions of players and teams about the game differ. After the Aces took their place, Dearica Hamby told reporters she didn’t know which games were Cup games. In contrast, the Storm frequently discussed the tournament last season.

“I’ve been in the league for 10 years and my goal has always been to win championships,” said Sky general manager/coach James Wade before the June 5 win against the Washington Mystics. “Not to underestimate the Commissioner’s Cup, I would like to win it. It just hasn’t been in my psyche for very long.”

Regardless of who meets the Aces in the Cup title game, it will give fans a taste of a potential WNBA final matchup. All three teams top the WNBA standings, with the aces pegged as a lock to play for the championship in September.