He may have plenty of issues to sort out as he takes a break from golf, but Tiger Woods won’t lose his autograph deal with Upper Deck.
Upper Deck’s long association with Tiger Woods will continue despite Woods’ recent admission to marital infidelities.
The company released a statement on its website Tuesday indicating that "both entities will continue their industry-exclusive relationships with the world’s top golfer."
Woods issued a statement late last week on his own site that indicated he would be taking an indefinite leave from the PGA Tour as he attempts to deal with his admission that he was unfaithful to his wife Elin, the mother of his two children. Multiple women have come forward claiming to have had sexual encounters with Woods on a regular basis.
Accenture, a management consultancy firm, dropped Woods and Gillette scaled back TV ads featuring him, but Nike and other sponsors have indicated they would not end their endorsement deals.
“Upper Deck will maintain its exclusive agreement with Tiger in both our sports cards and memorabilia categories and we look forward to his eventual return to the PGA Tour,” said Richard McWilliam, Upper Deck’s CEO and Founder. “Tiger and his family have our full support.”
Woods is one of several high profile clients who have exclusive autograph deals with Upper Deck. He has served as an exclusive golf spokesman and autograph signer for the company since 2001.
Woods autographed items sell for over $1,000 at the Upper Deck Store.
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