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Bose Signs World’s No. 1 Golfer Rory McIlroy to Endorsement Deal

Rory McIlroy, the world's No. 1 ranked golfer, signed a multi-year deal to endorse Bose headphones, speakers, home and automotive systems.

Bose president Bob Maresca (left) meets with Rory McIlroy at the announcement of a multi-year endorsement deal between the audio company and the golfer.
Jason Knott · March 18, 2013

The most recognized name in consumer electronics might just get a whole lot more recognition among golfers, who tend to be high net-worth individuals.

Bose Corporation signed Rory McIlroy, the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world, to a multi-year agreement as a global brand ambassador for its headphones, portable speakers, home and automotive systems.

A lifelong music lover, McIlroy has been a Bose customer for years.

“I’ve always chosen Bose because I’ve always wanted the best sound quality I could get,” says McIlroy, who calls himself a “huge headphone guy,” adding, “Bose products are different. And Bose is different. They work hard at their innovations, they aren’t conventional, and they’re committed to doing things that haven’t been done before, just like I am.”

This is the first endorsement for McIlroy involving a consumer electronics brand, and he will only be representing Bose products that he uses. Currently, McIlroy owns the SoundLink Mobile speaker II, the Bose VideoWave II entertainment system, the Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones, and the Bose MIE2i mobile headset.

“We want Rory’s fans and our customers to know that if they hear from Rory about Bose, it’s on behalf of something he chooses – not something we choose for him,” says Maresca. Bob Maresca, president of Bose, who noted McIlroy’s “millions of fans around the world” during the announcement, which took place at the Honda Classic golf tournament. “He loves music, just like we do, and we’re thrilled to be a part of how he competes and relaxes.”

The efficient Bose marketing machine is already at work with photos and a video of McIlroy following the endorsement deal.

The agreement was finalized after McIlroy visited the Bose R&D facility in Framingham, Mass. at the company’s world headquarters. McIlroy, who is from Northern Ireland, is the 2012 U.S. PGA Tour Player of the Year and led both the PGA Tour and PGA European Tour money lists for 2012.

McIlroy even performed some impromptu golf tricks during the press announcement.

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Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald Expositions Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at jason.knott@emeraldexpo.com

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