Seeing as we were in our Xmas-induced coma, we glanced over the fact that Tiger Woods’s relationship with Gillette will come to an end on Dec. 31. It was only a matter of time, since the brand basically phased Woods out of its Champions campaign following his marital maelstrom late last year.
In the case of Gillette at least, Woods isn’t being singled out thanks to his indiscretions–at least according to his agent, Mark Steinberg, who tells USA Today, “Gillette is ending their ‘Champions’ campaign. That is the reason for not continuing.” He might have a point as other Champions athletes are getting dropped by the P&G brand at year’s end as well, including footballers Thierry Henry and Lionel Messi. The aforementioned campaign kicked off in 2007 and used 38 different athletic endorsers from seven sports to spread the Gillette message to 180 countries.
Still, one can obviously assume had Woods not completely fallen from grace as quickly as one of his tee shot strokes, he still would be a proud fixture on the Gillette roster. After all, his old Champions chums Roger Federer and Derek Jeter are being kept on board by the brand for local and global marketing efforts.
In case you weren’t keeping score, here are some links to recap the Woods sponsorship fallout over the past year: