ATHENS: Olympic silver medallist Adam Nelson (pic) of the United States wants a sponsor so badly, he put himself up for auction.
The shot-putter is offering a one-month sponsorship on eBay, promising to wear the winning bidder’s logo and make an appearance on behalf of the company. In his listing, Nelson lists his credentials, photos and the meets he will compete in before the US Championships start on June 23.
Bidding reached US$3,700 as of Saturday morning, and closes on Wednesday. Nelson, who lives in Athens, had his sponsorships with Visa and Nike expire after the Olympics last year. Though he has gotten some offers, he hasn’t accepted any.
Nelson even wore a “Space for Rent” T-shirt at the US Indoors in Boston earlier this year hoping to lure sponsors. When that failed, he turned to online bidding. – AP