Canadian Sprinter Signs with Puma
Canadian sprinter, Andre De Grasse signed a multi year endorsement deal with global sports wear brand, Puma, for a reported $15 million recently. Although exact terms were not released, De Grasse is guaranteed to earn $4 million and could see the contact rise to $30 million with incentives and bonus'.
De Grasse burst onto the track and field scene and into Canadian sports consciousness by winning gold in the 100 meters at the NCAA championships, gold in the 100 and 200 at the Pan American championships and bronze in the 100 and 4x100 at the World Track and Field Championships. Those performances brought on questions about De Grasse turning pro and forfeiting his final year of eligibility. The senior will return to USC to finish his degree and to work with Trojan coach Caryl Smith-Gilbert.
The German company already host world record holder and Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt on its roster of athletes but with his retirement set to happen in the next few years, Puma clearly believe De Grasse has next.