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Just inked Rory McIlroy to a 10 year, 200+ million dollar deal (golf's version of free agency)
Pretty impressive to have the top 2 golfers in the world on staff
In a deal reportedly worth at least $200 million, Nike has made the world's No. 1 golfer Rory McIlroy its biggest star.
Rogue Leader= Obese coward who didn't attend MSU and has no college degree
Allegedly they have also inked a deal with Nick Watney. It will be interesting to see who Oakley gets to support their golf gear now they have lost Keegan and Rory in consecutive years.
This post was edited by Spartan Butters 17 months ago
Great move by Nike - they just doubled the amount of Pros on tour who will use their clubs!
Keep on paying >$200 for a pair of $5 shoes with a smile on your face.
Nike could be in a lot of trouble if they keep pumping money into golf endorsements and continue to put out terrible equipment and apparel. They are way down the list in the equipment arms race, while their golf balls are just plain bad. They used to destroy the competition in apparel sales, but companies like Puma and Under Armour have become major players.
I'm sure there's plenty to go around, but Nike golf was starting to die a slow death. They can only hope to strike gold with Rory like they did with Eldrick.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by BigGreenHouse 17 months ago
Too bad rory has absolutely no swag compared to tiger. Tiger is pretty much the only golfer that has the "coolness" factor working in his favor. Who is even close? Freddy Couples? It ain't Phil, Luke or Keegan.....
I don't care who they ink to endorse shitty equipment.
"Put your mother in a straight-jacket you punk ass white boy." ~ Mike Tyson
Titleist is still better. Titleist forever, Rors.
Sparty > Walverines
Sure, Tiger is black, and swag is short for swagger. But Rory is a huge name.
What does tiger being black have to do with swag or coolness?
did they give 200 million to the kids in the sweatshops making his shoes??
For my money, Rory has more style than Tiger ever did. Tiger always looked like a stiff, and still is. Rory has the game to back up his style, too.
Some say I sleep inside out, and that I once had sex with Russell Brand's answering machine...
I invited you to find me one sweatshop.
uh oh , have to defend the company since you let the cat out of the bag on the helmet? So Nike never used sweatshops? what about those 5 dollar shoes overseas that turn into 150 here?
I hang up and listen
Allow me to correct your assumptions. The helmets had no connection to Nike whatsoever. So assuming I let the 'cat out of the bag' is wrong. I actually learned about the helmets on this board. If Nike had involvement with the helmet, the jersey colors would have matched and they clearly did not.
I never stated Nike didn't have sweatshops in the past. You, however, indicated that Nike currently has sweatshops at which point I decided to challenge you to find me one using an accurate list of contract manufacturing distribution centers.
Finally, to address your $5 comment. There have been experiments to see what happens when large corporations attempt to pay above a third world country's average salary. Generally what happens is workers are consistently threatened or killed by outsiders in attempt to take their job because they couldn't find that kind of pay anywhere else. You also clearly have not done your research to understand the benefits that many of these countries see by having a Nike factory. For example there are programs to bring clean, running water to workers who wouldn't have access otherwise.
Let me speak for 90% of America and ask, "Who the F is Rory McIlRoy?" (I actually know who he is, but not many do)
This post was edited by 0915426A 17 months ago
It would take years of cumulative paychecks for all the thousands of people who work in their sweatshops to total 200MM dollars. I began a boycott of Nike when they inked Lebron to a 90MM dollar deal before he had ever played an NBA game. There is something fundamentally wrong with that company.
99.9% of the golfing American public knows who Rory is. When you're selling golf clothing and golf clubs and balls, you're selling to the golfers out there, not all Americans. Rory is a huge name if you play golf or watch golf on TV...aka, their target audience
This post was edited by Goud21 17 months ago
And if the good Lord’s willin’,
I’m a keep on chillin’,
refillin’ and flyin’ high
I'm having a hard time understanding how throwing a shit ton of cash at a dude to use their shit makes a company "awesome?"
I am gravely disappointed. Again you have made me unleash my dogs of war.
Being a crossover star matters when you are selling anything. The duffers and average joes make up the majority of the potential market. I can't believe you think only one out of 1000 golfers, from the duffers on up, or only one of 1000 polo shirt buyers is unaware of Rory McIlRoy. McIlroy is very, very far from that status.
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The act of hiring a spokesperson does not make a company awesome. Did someone say that it does?
Draymond Green, Magic Johnson, and Oscar Robertson are the only players to have two triple-doubles in the NCAA Tournament.
Two years ago he was the biggest name in golf. ESPN and The Golf Channel practically appointed him the next big thing in golf. Basically, someone that could rival Tiger. He is also the biggest name in golf in Europe right now, a huge market for Nike to reach. He won the US Open in 2011 and the 2012 PGA Championship. Even duffers pay attention to the Majors.
That being said, I guess I shouldn't say 99.9% of all golfers know who he is. 99.9% of golfers who might be buying high end Nike equipment know who he is. These are the people trying to decided between Nike or Titleist golf balls. They're going to spend $800-$1000 on a new set of irons and they're torn between Nike, Titleist, Ping, and TaylorMade.
They're not paying Rory to attract the guy that plays 3 times a year with clubs that are 15 years old. They want to attract the big money guys that buy new irons every 2 years because he's convinced it's the clubs and not his skill that keeps him from shooting in the 80's and not the 90's every time out. Those guys all know Rory.
This is accurate.
I really don't understand why this makes nike awesome
Yeah, thread title is misleading, imo
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