Jack Nicklaus faces breach of contract dispute from Nicklaus Companies

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TULSA, Okla. — Jack Nicklaus is being sued.

By Nicklaus Companies.

According to a report by Sports Illustrated, a complaint was filed May 13 against the golf legend in the Supreme Court of the State of New York by New York businessman Howard Milstein, executive chairman of the Nicklaus Companies who also oversees Golf Magazine and Golf.com . The suit alleges tortious interference, breach of contract and breach of judiciary duty.

The complaint claims Nicklaus was paid $145 million in 2007 to provide exclusive services and property to the Nicklaus Companies, a conglomerate founded in 1970 as the Golden Bear International Inc. The company includes golf course design, licensed apparel, eyewear, artwork and other goods and services.

The suit alleges Nicklaus has failed to deliver on the terms of the deal. It also accuses Nicklaus, 82, of working on occasion directly against the company.

Honorary starter Jack Nicklaus hits his ceremonial tee shot on the first hole during the first round of The Masters in 2019.

According to SI, the complaint details three instances of breach of contract by Nicklaus, including his involvement in a video game featuring the Masters and PGA Tour and alleged negotiations Nicklaus had with the Saudi Arabia-funded Public Investment Fund. Nicklaus told the Fire Pit Collective he was offered but turned down $100 million to be the CEO of the LIV Golf Invitational Series.

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