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Jan-04-2012 20:17printcomments

2008 Olympian Nick Symmonds Auctions Ad Space on EBAY

Symmonds credits much of the sports waning popularity to the restrictive regulations on where and how corporations may advertise on an athlete...

Nick Symmonds - 2009 Track and Field - 35th Annual Prefontaine Classic - June 7, 2009
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(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Continuing his crusade to increase awareness to Track and Field's restrictive logo regulations, 2008 Olympic Team member, Nick Symmonds, is auctioning off advertising space on his left shoulder.

Nick Symmonds - 2009 Track and Field -
35th Annual Prefontaine Classic - 7 June 2009

Symmonds, the four time defending USA Outdoor Champion and the defending Olympic Trials Champion has created an auction to encourage corporations and fans of the sport to join in his quest for Olympic gold by bidding for a spot on his left shoulder where the athlete has agreed to wear a temporary tattoo of the auction winner's Twitter handle.

In the auction summary Symmonds states that he recognizes that at many meets, specifically those governed by the IAAF, he will be forced to cover up the tattoo due to "antiquated and crippling rules put in place be the IAAF." These sentiments reflect his views previous aired in a 2011 group he created on Facebook entitled "Im tired of USATF and IAAF crippling our sport."

Symmonds credits much of the sports waning popularity to the restrictive regulations on where and how corporations may advertise on an athlete and has gone as far as to say, "these regulations are the biggest problem in our sport today." His strong feelings toward this issue have been covered in recent months by many publications including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

The auction which began late in the afternoon of Wednesday, January 04th, is a 10 day auction and is set to expire on the afternoon of Saturday, January 14th. At the times of this writing, the highest bid stood at $403.52.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/180789582037?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649#ht_2810wt_128

Source: Nick Symmonds, LLC

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