By DANNY ECKER – Chicago Business
Chicago Sky forward and WNBA All-Star Elena Delle Donne has a new agent for the second time in less than two years.
The 25-year-old face of women’s pro basketball signed last month with McLean, Va.-based sports marketing agency Octagon and agent Erin Kane after cutting ties with Wasserman Media Group of Los Angeles earlier this year.
Wasserman agent Lindsay Kagawa Colas, who has represented WNBA stars Brittney Griner, Maya Moore and Diana Taurasi among others, worked with Delle Donne from November 2013 until the beginning of 2015, when the forward returned to an exclusive agent relationship with her brother Gene.
In contrast to Colas, Kane doesn’t work with any other WNBA players. Her smaller network of clients includes some recognizable names like Nascar driver Jimmie Johnson and U.S. national softball team star Jennie Finch, as well as athletes in niche sports like Paul Rabil of Major League Lacrosse’s New York Lizards.
Kane said she hopes to help Delle Donne, the league’s leading scorer and a favorite to win its Most Valuable Player Award, broaden a business portfolio that currently includes deals with Nike, DuPont and Christiana Care, a regional health care system in her home state of Delaware.
Her annual endorsement income is around $250,000, according to a source familiar with the deals.
“We’re certainly looking to grow her relationships on the corporate side of things,” Kane said. “For Elena it starts with brands that she has a personal connection to.”
Delle Donne also has done a series of one-off promotions for brands, including Bikini.com and Lids Team Sports.