Rory McIlroy signs record Nike deal

Rory McIlroy has signed a record sponsorship deal with Nike- making him one of the highest paid sports stars in the world.Rory McIlroy signs record Nike dealThe exact detail of the sponsorship may never be revealed, but it has been reported to be worth around £62 million to £77 million over five years.

That could earn the County Down golfer around £31,000 a day.

“I chose Nike for a number of reasons,” said McIlroy. “They are committed to being the best, as am I. Signing with Nike is another step towards living out my dream.”

“Rory is an extraordinary athlete who creates enormous excitement with his on-course performance while, at the same time, connecting with fans everywhere,” said Cindy Davis, President of Nike Golf.

“He is the epitome of a Nike athlete, and he is joining our team during the most exciting time in Nike Golf’s history. We are looking forward to partnering with him to take his remarkable career to the next level.”

The announcement was made ahead of the the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship this week.

Nike believe he is also the most marketable brand in the sport.

The deal will take him into the same league as the top global earners of last year.

McIlroy earned over £8,660,000 in prize money last season, and about £10 million in endorsements and appearance money.


  1.     Boxing: Floyd Mayweather (£53m)
  2.     Boxing: Manny Pacquaio (£39m)
  3.     Golf: Tiger Woods (£37m)
  4.     Basketball: LeBron James (£32.8m)
  5.     Tennis: Roger Federer (£32.5m)

* Source Forbes business magazine

The figures are a combination of salary, bonuses and sponsorship.

February 12, 2013  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Business Win, Global Business, Sporting Success, Uncategorized, Winning Business

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