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When Breanna Stewart stepped into a hotel conference room in Indianapolis in June 2021 for her first official footwear meeting with Puma, she knew she was in for a new experience. The Seattle Storm star forward and 2020 WNBA Finals MVP had signed a groundbreaking multiyear endorsement deal with the company just a month earlier that guaranteed her own signature shoe for the following season.

“Stewie,” as she’s called, would become the 10th woman in WNBA league history — and the first in more than a decade — to launch her own namesake sneaker. Puma’s commitment to a signature shoe was undoubtedly a key factor in signing Stewart, especially since the brand had only relaunched its basketball division in 2018, and featured three other WNBA players.

“Anytime you hear signature, I think that’s jaw-dropping, eye-opening, especially on the women’s side,” Stewart said of her initial meeting with Puma in spring 2021. “If you could roll out a red carpet on a Zoom [meeting], I felt like they did that.”

The historic distinction wasn’t lost on anyone in the conference room that June. Executives, marketing reps and designers had traveled from Puma’s Boston headquarters for the initial brainstorming session while the Storm had a lull in their road schedule.

“I was not expecting that many people in the room, not expecting posters all over the place, mood boards and inspiration,” Stewart recalled. “It was a little bit overwhelming.” 

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The “Quiet Fire” is a neon yellow and black sneaker inspired by Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart’s on-court demeanor.

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Since entering the league in 2016, Stewart had received player exclusive editions of shoes in handpicked colors, but there was a new, yearlong process for the creation of the Puma Stewie 1. The group started from the ground up, looking to create a basketball sneaker that would tell her story and appeal to people of all backgrounds.

“That I’m going to be the first one in over a decade is crazy and also very exciting for women’s basketball, the WNBA, and where we’re going,” she said.

During the session, big picture decisions were defined, such as Stewart’s preference for a low-top silhouette over a higher cut. After missing the entire 2019 WNBA season with a torn Achilles, she told designers that she wanted additional padding along the collar, along with a design that was “flexible, lightweight and able to be a shoe that’s multidimensional … so that lots of people can wear it on the court, no matter what position they play.”

The key design inspiration was a “North Star,” a nod to the Cicero-North High School nickname in her hometown of Syracuse, New York. A stitch mark along the heel of the outsole represents her Achilles recovery.

“A lot went into it and I wanted to make sure that it was specific to my journey and specific to me,” she said.

The launch colorway, a neon yellow and black edition, is dubbed “Quiet Fire,” inspired by her demeanor on the court and the hues of the Storm’s alternate jerseys.

“I’m not the one that always speaks the loudest, but you notice my game and it speaks for itself,” she said. 

Puma’s creative director June Ambrose, a longtime celebrity stylist and costume designer who worked with Stewart, said it slightly differently.

“When I think of her, she comes in and she’s superhumble,” said Ambrose. “But then, when you see her on the court, she’s ferocious.”

The “Causing Trouble” edition of the shoe in a multi-shade purple tone, is the alter ego of the “Quiet Fire” pair. The “Four Time” serves as a navy and red nod to her decorated career at UConn, where Stewart became the only basketball player in NCAA history to win four Most Outstanding Player awards and four national championships. She also revealed there will be an eco-friendly execution of her debut sneaker made of recycled materials.

Whether it was getting the collar height just right, choosing the mesh that makes up the toe material, or wear-testing sample pairs, the attention to detail required from Stewart also came with a level of responsibility.

“I wanted it to be perfect and as good as it can be,” she said. “Because I know that the standard is going to be really high, because we haven’t had that many signature shoes for women’s basketball.”

Just as important as the design of the shoe will be the marketing support. As more companies have elevated their investment in the sport by highlighting the players who headline the league, Stewart is hoping to prove there’s an audience of consumers and fans who’ll want to buy her sneakers. The shoes will be priced at $140 and will be released in a full-size range extending up to a women’s size 16.5, or a men’s 15.

“We know that this is the first women’s signature basketball shoe in over a decade, and Puma is making sure that everybody else knows it too,” she said.

According to Ambrose, the marketing campaign will tell Stewart’s story while also inspiring the next generation of young players. 

She’s a force of nature and her love of the game and her desire to inspire young women in sport is the fire that fuels her,” said Ambrose. “We wanted to ignite women and girls’ passion to commit to their dreams and believe in themselves. This is an important moment for Stewie, for the WNBA, for Puma and for women in sport.”

The decadelong drought in woman’s signature basketball sneakers has been a sensitive subject throughout the industry. By contrast, during the 2021-2022 NBA season, 22 players had their own signature shoe. But in women’s basketball, only a handful of women have received that honor.

Candace Parker’s signature Adidas ACE line, which debuted in 2011, was the last in the WNBA, though Adidas has begun to release new collections of ACE-themed team models in the last year.

Before that, Nike produced two signature shoes for Diana Taurasi in 2006 and Chamique Holdsclaw donned two pairs of “Shox Miques” in 2001. During the late 1990s, when the league was just in its infancy, Sheryl Swoopes had seven signature Nikes in 1996, while Dawn Staley, Lisa Leslie and Cynthia Cooper each had short-lived lines. Rebecca Lobo began her career in New York with her lone signature Reebok Lobo shoe in 1998. Around the same time, Washington Mystics guard Nikki McCray had her own signature Fila model.

In all, only 20 total signature shoe models were released bearing the names of those nine players during the first 25 years of the WNBA. 

“I’m hoping that the shoe companies can get back to doing signature shoes, because I think women’s basketball is taking off,” McCray said last spring, just after Stewart signed with Puma. 

It was a sentiment echoed by each of the pioneering signature athletes, who all continue to pay close attention to the league and the marketing support that players receive.

“We should have our own and be able to go into a store and see signature women’s basketball shoes there,” said Holdsclaw. “Whatever the sport is, there are high-profile athletes that should have signature footwear that resembles and matches up with that.”

Stewart said she’s hoping there’s a “domino effect” to come, with other players and brands joining the resurgence in signature products.

“What’s so special about seeing an additional woman to be added to it,” said Holdsclaw, “is Stewie has done everything that can be done in basketball, and she’s still not done. She’s standing on the backs of Lisa Leslie, Sheryl Swoopes, Cynthia Cooper and all of the people that came before her.”

While the earliest era of signature footwear only included an annual sneaker drop, Puma is doubling down on its belief in the 27-year-old star by releasing a nine-piece Stewie apparel collection.

Consisting of a packable jacket, snap pants, crew neck, sports bra and more traditional basketball silhouettes, each item reads “Stewie” across the hangtag. Her signature logo, a hybrid blend of her initials and jersey number, can be seen throughout both the footwear and apparel collection.

“Continuing to connect the tunnel fits to what we wear on the court and what’s fashionable, and learning a lot from her [Ambrose] and the experience she has in sports, we were able to create a line that’s very fashionable, very comfortable, very marketable for everybody,” said Stewart.

She will debut the Puma Stewie 1 during this year’s WNBA All-Star Game, once again putting her in elite company. 

“I’m going to just try and take it all in,” Stewart said. “At the All-Star Game, having all of those amazing basketball players around me, I think everyone is going to help me realize how special this moment is. I’m happy to unveil the shoe in such an important time, at the midway point of the WNBA season. At the same time, I want to go after a win. Unveiling the shoe would be much better when you get a win.

“Hopefully after this, Puma and I will set the standard and the bar for many more WNBA players deserving a signature shoe,” said Stewart. “We want to be on the right side of history and make sure that we continue to grow this game in the right direction. Making sure that we’re setting a new standard for what women’s basketball players deserve — there should be many more signature shoes after me.”

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By: Nick DePaula
Title: Breanna Stewart to debut Puma Stewie signature shoe in the WNBA All-Star Game The Stewie 1 is the first new signature shoe from a WNBA player in more than a decade
Sourced From: andscape.com/features/breanna-stewart-puma-stewie-signature-shoe/
Published Date: Fri, 08 Jul 2022 16:03:39 +0000

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Title: 5th Annual Society of Composers & Lyricists Awards Announces Nominees in Film, TV, and Visual Media
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Deontay Wilder Net Worth: Career Earnings, Biggest Fight Purse & Endorsement Deals Of ‘The Bronze Bomber’

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Deontay Wilder Net Worth: Career Earnings, Biggest Fight Purse & Endorsement Deals Of ‘The Bronze Bomber’ – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Here is everything you need to know about the single hardest puncher in boxing and the former world heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder. This includes his net worth, career earnings and endorsement deals.

Deontay Wilder Net Worth

Deontay Wilder has been a professional boxer since his debut back in November 2008. He has been boxing consistently for over 15 years straight now in the pro ranks, earning more and more money as his career has progressed up to world level.

The 1985-born boxing superstar is one of the most fearsome punchers the sport of boxing has ever seen. Deontay Wilder’s boxing record consists of 43 wins – 42 of which have come via knockout. The only man to go the distance with ‘The Bronze Bomber’ was Bermane Stiverne, who Wilder then knocked out in a round in their rematch.

As of December 2023, it is reported that Deontay Wilder’s net worth is somewhere in the region of $30 million (source: Celebrity Net Worth).

Of course, given the fact the Alabama man is supremely wealthy, he likes his fair share of luxury items too. Wilder has acquired real estate, expensive jewelry, flashy cars and various other assets that have contributed to his riches.

Wilder reportedly has eight kids in total from various relationships, including one with his current girlfriend Telli Swift. Evidently a fair amount of Wilder’s earnings in the ring is used on providing for his big family and loved ones. Be sure to see Deontay Wilder’s net worth continue to grow for the remainder of his career, as long as that lasts.

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Deontay Wilder Career Earnings

After 46 professional boxing fights, Deontay Wilder’s biggest fight purse is reported to have been around $28 million (source: Forbes). This was reportedly how much ‘The Bronze Bomber’ earned for his rematch bout with Tyson Fury back in February 2020.

Wilder went into the fight as the marginal favorite with the best offshore sportsbooks, given that he was still the reigning champion following his draw with Fury 14 months prior. Despite getting conclusively knocked out in Round 7 of the fight, this still remains the biggest purse of Wilder’s career to date.

Deontay Wilder has reportedly earned a total sum of around $95 million in his professional boxing career from his debut up to now. This is right up there with the likes of heavyweight rivals Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, and is more than the likes of Ryan Garcia, Gervonta Davis and Terence Crawford.

The 2008 Beijing Olympic Bronze Medallist has been earnings even figure purses ever since he became world heavyweight champion back in January 2015. Of his last 10 fights, just one has been less than seven figures (Washington – $900k). In fact, Wilder has earned around $80 million just from his last five fights.

See the full table below for a detailed breakdown of the purses Deontay Wilder has received for his last 10 fights. All in all, it is fair to say that the 38-year-old isn’t short of a dollar or two. His net worth, salary and fight purses will continue to rise as his career rolls on at world level.

Deontay Wilder Fight Purses (Last 10):

Fight Fight Purse
Deontay Wilder vs Robert Helenius $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 3 $12 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 2 $28 million
Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz 2 $20 million
Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz $2 million
Deontay Wilder vs Bermane Stiverne 2 $1.4 million
Deontay Wilder vs Gerald Washington $900,000
Deontay Wilder vs Chris Arreola $1.4 million

Deontay Wilder purse info per Sports Payouts & Sporting News

Deontay Wilder Endorsements & Sponsorship

Although the vast majority of Deontay Wilder’s earnings comes from prize fighting, he also earns an extremely lucrative sum of money outside of the ring. These vast endorsement deals from outside of the ring are a big player in boosting Wilder’s net worth and salary.

The 1985-born boxing phenom’s biggest endorsement deal as of today is his partnership with Everlast. Wilder has shown great loyalty to Everlast for several years during his boxing career, and still sports their boxing gear to this day. He also regularly uses Everlast boxing gloves in the ring for his world title fights, as well as during training camps.

Some of Deontay Wilder’s other endorsements include his partnerships with PureKana CBD, Raising Cane’s and IHC Crypto. There is not much else known about Wilder’s endorsements and sponsors outside of his career as a boxer.

All in all, Deontay Wilder’s various sponsorships certainly help boost his net worth. Per Forbes, he reportedly earns an estimated $500,000 per annum through endorsements. Ultimately though it is punching people in the face for a living that pays ‘The Bronze Bomber’ the most money.

Be sure to claim the various sports betting apps bonuses and boxing free bets available on the SportsLens site ahead of Deontay Wilder’s next fight.

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By: Paul Kelly
Title: Deontay Wilder Net Worth: Career Earnings, Biggest Fight Purse & Endorsement Deals Of ‘The Bronze Bomber’
Sourced From: sportslens.com/news/deontay-wilder-net-worth-career-earnings-endorsements/
Published Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2023 10:59:17 +0000

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