29 Apr '16, 5pm

Report: McIlroy will wear @newbalance, not @Nike during golf's return to the #Olympics

Report: McIlroy will wear @newbalance, not @Nike during golf's return to the #Olympics

Rory McIlroy’s decision to represent Ireland in the Olympics (and not Great Britain) has had some unintended and unpleasant consequences for his main sponsor, Nike. According to a report published by the Irish Independent , Nike assumed that the Northern Ireland-born McIlroy would be playing for the United Kingdom in Rio. When the president of the Olympic Council of Ireland offered Nike the chance to provide the Irish team’s gear, Nike passed on the deal, worth between $1.5 million and $3 million. “Just in case he declared for us, we went to Nike in the UK and told them we might have Rory. But they just dismissed us out of hand and now they regret it, I believe,” President Pat Hickey said. (Nike’s contract with McIlroy is worth an estimated $20 million a year.) Then McIlroy announced that he’d be donning green, white, and orange to tee it up for golf’s return to the Olympi...

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