Rory's Agent Has Not "Heard" Of Any Suggestion His Client Is Signing A 10-Year, $250 Million Deal With Nike
Brian Keogh reports that ten-percenter Conor Ridge may want to sign up for some Google news alerts as the rumors of a massive deal for Rory McIlroy refuse to go away. And with Acushnet/Titleist known for showing fiscal prudence by not ponying up silly amounts of money to re-sign high profile players, a deal elsewhere seems likely at year's end.
Unless you are Rory's agent!
It’s no secret that McIlroy’s deal with Titleist expires at the end of this year. And while we’ve been assured by our sources that he’s going to Nike to the tune of $250 million over 10 years, we’re going to have to wait until he turns up in Abu Dhabi in January for confirmation that he will wear the famous swoosh from head to toe.
Horizon Sports Management’s Conor Ridge successfully negotiated a move from Titleist to Nike for McIlroy’s stablemate Ross Fisher this year. But he is duty bound to deny all knowledge of plans to make McIlroy a Nike player in 2013.
“I hadn’t even heard it, to be honest,” Ridge said this week when asked about the strong rumours linking his client to Nike. “Look, he’s a Titleist player and there is no way I am going to make any comment on anything like that.”
If Rory goes to notoriously anti-other-corporate logo Nike, that would mean he wouldn't be able to have the fourteen logos including the "what was I thinking" Jumeirah Estates doozy on the hat. He'll want to win 16 more majors just to never see himself in career highlight films sporting the Jumeirah lid.