Chicago Sky forward Angel Reese (5) is seen during a WNBA basketball game against the Dallas Wings, Wednesday, May 15, 2024, in Arlington, Texas. Dallas won 87-79. (AP Photo / Brandon Wade)

The Chicago Sky rookie said the perception that it’s only Indiana’s Caitlin Clark that’s raising the profile of the league is misleading. The league’s had tremendous growth in attendance, TV ratings and merchandise sold already.

Chicago Sky forward Angel Reese (5) is seen during a WNBA basketball game against the Dallas Wings, Wednesday, May 15, 2024, in Arlington, Texas. Dallas won 87-79. (AP Photo / Brandon Wade)

Ratings have been historic. ESPN’s broadcast of Clark’s opening night game when the Indiana Fever played the Connecticut Sun had the highest viewership for a WNBA game on the network.  ESPN picked up the Chicago-Indiana game on June 1 that will feature the first meeting between Reese and Clark.

Footage from a Chicago Sky game.

The Chicago Sky looks different this year with brand new leadership and players on the roster including Angel Reese and Kamilla Cardoso.

LSU’s Angel Reese, left, poses for a photo with WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert after being selected seventh overall by the Chicago Sky during the first round of the WNBA basketball draft on Monday, April 15, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

The WNBA's app had incorrectly listed the game as available to watch, leading to confusion from fans before the league clarified that only Caitlin Clark’s debut with the Indiana Fever was being broadcast.

South Carolina Gamecocks center Kamilla Cardoso drives past LSU Lady Tigers forward Angel Reese in the first half at Colonial Life Arena on Feb. 12, 2023, in Columbia, South Carolina. (Jeff Blake / USA Today Network via CNN Newsource)

The WNBA draft came eight days after the college women’s basketball season ended with a historic championship game. Nearly 19 million people tuned in for the matchup, making it the most-watched basketball game at any level, regardless of gender, since 2019.

Team Stewart’s Skylar Diggins-Smith, center, drives to the basket against Team Wilson's Candace Parker, left, and Sylvia Fowles during the first half of a WNBA All-Star basketball game in Chicago, Sunday, July 10, 2022. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)
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A’ja Wilson, Breanna Stewart and the rest of the WNBA All-Stars wore Griner’s name and her No. 42 on the back of their jerseys for the second half of Team Wilson’s 134-112 victory over Team Stewart. It was another moment in the league’s continued push for Griner’s release from her detention in Russia.

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The Chicago Police Department did not advise the WNBA to limit outdoor events held Saturday and Sunday in conjunction with the league’s all-star game, including a concert by Chicago-native Chance the Rapper, a department spokesperson told WTTW News.

Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner sits during the first half of Game 2 of basketball's WNBA Finals against the Chicago Sky, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in Phoenix.  (AP Photo / Rick Scuteri, File)

WNBA star Brittney Griner was detained at a Moscow airport, reportedly in mid-February, after Russian authorities said a search of her luggage revealed vape cartridges allegedly containing oil derived from cannabis, which could carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Chicago Sky's Candace Parker celebrates after her team defeated the Phoenix Mercury in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals to become champions Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Paul Beaty, File)

Candace Parker helped the Chicago Sky win the franchise’s first WNBA championship and capped off 2021 by being named The Associated Press’ Female Athlete of the Year for a second time.

The Chicago Sky celebrate their championship win in Millenium Park. (Courtesy WNBA)

The city is still celebrating the Chicago Sky’s historic win. After the Sky beat the Phoenix Mercury 80 to 74, it was an exciting and significant victory for the city, fans, and women athletes.

The Chicago Sky are the 2021 WNBA champs. (Chicago Sky / Facebook)

A downtown parade and rally are planned for Tuesday to celebrate Chicago’s newest championship sports team: the Chicago Sky.

Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner (42) shoots against Chicago Sky's Azura Stevens (30) during the first half of Game 4 of the WNBA Finals, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Paul Beaty)

Courtney Vandersloot added 10 points and 15 assists for the Sky, who won the series 3-1, rallying from a 72-65 deficit with 4:42 left. Chicago scored the next nine points to take a two-point lead on Stefanie Dolson’s layup. She then added another basket to make it 76-72 with 45.8 seconds left.

Chicago Sky’s Kahleah Copper (2) goes up to shoot the basketball against Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner (42) and Kia Vaughn (1) during the first half of Game 3 of the WNBA Finals, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Paul Beaty)

The Sky dominated on both ends, holding Brittney Griner to just four first half points on 1 of 8 shooting after she scored 29 in the Mercury’s overtime win on Wednesday. Chicago also took Diana Taurasi out of the game, holding her to five points on 1 of 10 shooting. 

Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi drives on Chicago Sky guard Allie Quigley (14) during the first half of Game 2 of basketball's WNBA Finals, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo / Rick Scuteri)

Chicago backed up its Game 1 win with another strong offensive performance, yet couldn’t finish it off.

Chicago Sky players celebrate after defeating the Connecticut Sun 79-69 in Game 4 of a WNBA basketball playoff semifinal, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Paul Beaty)

The 2021 WNBA Finals is the first for both franchises since the Mercury swept the Sky in 2014.

Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas, right, fends off Chicago Sky defender Kahleah Copper during a WNBA playoff basketball game Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP)

Eight months after having surgery to repair a torn Achilles’ tendon Alyssa Thomas provided a spark for the Connecticut Sun in a victory over the Chicago Sky.