Ranger boats released a statment saying that they terminated Mike Iaconelli’s boat sponsorship. This statement was released on Feb 28 by Ranger president Randy Hopper. You can see this article on BassFan.com
It turns out Mike’s antics on Day 1 of the Bassmasters Classic is much more costly than his first day weight. Boat sponsorship is a big deal for a touring pro. This may turn out to be a very important lesson for Ike and a humbling experience to say the least. It will be interesting if Ike continues to run his Ranger for the rest of the Elite Series and how long it takes him to get a new boat deal. I think it would be hard for Ike not to be running his wrapped Ranger at Amistad, it would be awful difficlut to get a new boat wrapped that quickly.
On one hand, he is one of the sport’s most well known stars and on the other hand, do you want to be the boat company that scoops him up? Berkely has also released a statment that he will reamin on their ProStaff. I wonder what route his other sponsors will take. This should be an interesting story to follow.