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Oakley: McIlroy, Nike breached deal

Updated: December 14, 2012, 5:51 PM ET
By Lester Munson | ESPN.com

Apparel-maker Oakley has sued golfer Rory McIlroy and Nike, saying they breached the world's top-ranked golfer's existing contract with Oakley when he recently signed a new deal with Nike.

According to a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Santa Ana, Calif., Oakley tried to use its "right of first refusal" to match the Nike offer, but McIlroy and his agent, Conor Ridge, ignored the counteroffer, thereby breaching the Oakley-McIlroy contract.

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