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Sweet Tooth: Maria Sharapova Adding Candy Brand To Growing Marketing Portfolio
Published May 26, 2011
SPONSOR FRIENDLY: Wilson reports Sharapova read a recent USA Today article "that shocked her, about the financial problems facing former professional athletes.” She then called Max Eisenbud, her agent at IMG, "and told him to contact all her sponsors.” Their contracts “typically limited each company’s access to Ms. Sharapova to 10 or 12 days each year.” Sharapova said to Eisenbud, “I don’t care what’s in the contracts. Tell them I’ll do whatever they want, whatever they need.” She was “determined to set Brand Maria in motion well before” she retires. Wilson notes as part of her “new deal with Nike, the company last year finally began producing and selling a line based on her on-court attire, and dressing several up-and-coming players” in “Maria Sharapova looks” (N.Y. TIMES, 5/26).