Filed Monday but just now getting noticed--in this case it's ESPN.com's Lester Munson--the case involving Rory McIlroy's current sponsor Oakley saying it used a contractual option to match a Nike offer that was not honored.
If the reports in European golf publications of a $200 million deal with Nike are accurate, then Oakley offered about $60 million to continue its deal with McIlroy. No one involved in the dispute will confirm the magnitude of the Nike offer, and it is described in the court papers only as an offer of "$_M."
According to Oakley, the damage that has resulted from McIlroy's refusal to renew with Oakley is "irreparable" and entitles Oakley to an injunction that would stop Nike and McIlroy from concluding or implementing their contract. Oakley is also claiming money damages but does not specify any amount and asserts that it has spent $300,000 on a photo shoot for the products McIlroy would have endorsed in 2013.
Who'd they hire to shoot him, Annie Leibovitz?
Anyway, Munson details the emails that could make Rory's presumed deal with Nike a bit more expensive.