GYMNAST Olivia Dunne and rising MLB star Paul Skenes’ new relationship could make them more money as a power couple, according to a PR expert.
Dunne, 20, and Skenes, 21, made their budding romance public in August.
Dunne is a collegiate gymnastics star at Louisiana State University and a social media sensation and Skenes is a new pitcher within the Pittsburgh Pirates organization who also attended LSU.
Skenes, who was the Pirates’ No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 MLB Draft, confirmed the relationship in a mid-August conversation with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Now a PR expert has offered insight into how the two young athletes can capitalize on their romance.
Eric Schiffer, chairman of Los Angeles-based Reputation Management Consultants, spoke exclusively to The US Sun about what Dunne and Skenes can do to benefit from their relationship.
“Olivia and Paul are destined to be the next hot power couple,” Schiffer told The US Sun.
Schiffer attributes this to “their star power, their relevance to young people and the tremendous commitment the two together bring to everything they do.”
“BENEFITS FOR BOTH BRANDS”
Schiffer shared his thoughts on how the two could benefit financially – both individually and as a couple.
“Usually when there are two stars who are doing well financially and spending time together, it benefits both brands,” says Schiffer.
“You could see an increase in the sales potential of individual companies by 10 to 30 or over 40 percent.”
Schiffer said the number could increase if the couple were to marry one day.
“There are exclusive things they are allowed to do or events they are allowed to do and even advertising,” he said.
“There are additional millions available for them as a couple.”
While there were subtle hints on social media before the relationship was officially confirmed, Schiffer said there were still many fans affected by the romance.
“There are a lot of broken hearts from fans and those who might have been hoping for a chance,” he said.
But on the other hand, there are also “many people who are happy and wish them all the best.” [and] I definitely hope things go great for both of them.”
So far, Skenes has revealed that it’s “nice” to be with someone who understands the athlete’s lifestyle.
“To be honest, sometimes it can be a pain in the ass to actually go anywhere,” he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
“If either of us went out in Baton Rouge [Louisiana] If we’re alone, there will probably be someone there asking for something – a photo, an autograph, whatever.
“It’s nice to be able to have this conversation. She gets it.”
“I wish she could come to a baseball game and just enjoy it.
“It annoys me. I have no control over it. She really doesn’t have that either.”
“I’m sure things will get better as I reach higher levels, but that’s something I want for them.”