Could Fuller boost Rory's Idol status?

Eamon Carr

LOCKED in a legal dispute with his former management agency, Horizon Sports, and fighting off a claim in the US courts by multinational company Oakley, the company he switched to Nike from, Rory McIlroy appears busy.

So what are the chances now of him joining David Beckham, Andy Murray and Lewis Hamilton at XIX Entertainment, the agency formed in 2010 by former Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller?

Fuller became a music industry mogul when he formed 19 Management in 1985. Developing performers into easily-identifiable global brands has been one of Fuller's most notable abilities.

The man who created Pop Idol, and still advises a roster of music stars, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He's also extended his reach to Asia and the Middle East with XIX Globosport.

Believing that sports stars can generate bigger earning power than pop stars, Fuller's agency has now signed Bradley Wiggins with a view to creating "innovative business opportunities worldwide".

A question being asked now is whether Fuller considers McIlroy's current woes, including a disastrous dip in form, to be temporary? Or will he bypass the current world number six and look elsewhere for his next glamorous singing?


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