Tiger Woods In $100 Million Bodog Poker Sponsorship OfferMay 20, 2010 8:02 am
Tiger Woods has been offered a sponsorship deal with online gambling company BodogBrand.com, which could see the golfing superstar collecting $100 million over a five year period.
As of yet, the golf pro’s agent, Mark Steinberg hasn’t dismissed the offer out of hand and despite still being sponsored by Nike and Gillette, the new proposl could possibly be seen as a way to plug the gap left by the withdrawal of his Gatorade, Accenture, and AT&T contracts.
Before last year’s public outcry regarding revelations about his marital infidelity, Woods endorsements were worth around $100 million a year. The 14 times major golf championship winner was also listed in a May 2009 Forbes magazine edition as worth $600 million with career earnings totalling over $1 billion.
Now with his Swedish model wife Elin Nordegren looking to leave him and take half of the £377 million that Woods has earned since the couple married in 2004, could the time be riper than ever for Tiger to agree to the deal.
In the past, Tiger may have wanted to distance himself from the stigma associated with online gambling and poker, but with the revelations about his infidelities and gambling sprees now common place, maybe Woods will finally openly indulge his wilder side.
The founder of Bodog, Calvin Ayre, had previously made Woods a five year, $75m proposal earlier this year but has now upped that offer and even added an extra remarkable proviso. As he explains:
“With divorce looming and other speculation growing, BodogBrand have now re-tailored their sponsorship offer and are now pleased to submit a first ever ‘no moral conditions’ offer whereby the $100,000,000 five-year deal will be honoured without condition on the player’s moral conduct.”
As the outspoken Calvin Ayre emphasises, “If Tiger would just come clean and admit he likes to do the same things I like to do, I think he’d fit our brand perfectly.”
Whether Tiger Woods will take up Bodog’s generous offer, or even take it seriously is debatable, but in the meantime the prospect of seeing Phil Ivey, known as ‘the Tiger Woods of poker’ squaring off against the real deal himself would surely be an encounter that would get most poker enthusiasts excited.