Former Seattle WNBA champion Sue Bird joins Storm ownership group

SEATTLE (AP) — Sue Bird helped the Seattle Storm to four WNBA titles. Now, she will continue guiding the franchise as one of its owners.

Team owners, Force 10 Hoops, said Wednesday that Bird has joined the ownership group. No financial details were provided about the transaction.

Bird said in a team statement her involvement with the Storm will continue to grow the game.

“Investing in women’s sports isn’t just about passion,” she said. “It’s smart business.”

Business has been good for the Storm during Bird’s nearly two decades as a player.

She was the No. 1 overall pick by Seattle in the 2002 WNBA draft out of UConn and played 19 seasons. She retired after the 2022 season as the league’s career assists leader with 3,234.

Bird was part of WNBA championships with the Storm in 2004, 2010, 2018 and 2020.

Storm co-owner Lisa Brummel said Bird’s knowledge of the game and the league, plus her business acumen “make her a superb addition,”

The ownership group recently opened the Seattle Storm Center for Basketball Performance, a new, $64 million practice facility.



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