McIlroy, Oakley settle legal dispute over contract


Rory McIlroy and Oakley announced Sunday that they have “amicably” settled their legal dispute over the former world No. 1’s alleged breach of contract.

Last December, Oakley took legal action against McIlroy for allegedly breaking a contract when he signed his mega-deal with Nike. According to the lawsuit, Oakley tried to use its “right of first refusal” to match the Nike offer, but McIlroy’s former agent, Conor Ridge, ignored the counteroffer.

On Sunday, however, both parties announced that the issue has been resolved. No terms of the deal were disclosed.

Said McIlroy: “I always had an excellent working relationship with Oakley’s representatives and I am delighted the case is now behind me.” 

Added Pat McIlvain, the vice president of Oakley Sports Marketing, on behalf of the company: “We are very pleased the proceedings against Rory have been resolved. We enjoyed an excellent relationship with Rory as an Oakley brand ambassador. He conducted all his engagements on our behalf with energy and professionalism. We recognize that, in his business dealings with us that were the subject matter of this dispute, Rory was represented by his agent.”