LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman will meet with lawmakers at Capitol Hill amid battle with PGA Tour

LIV chief Greg Norman will meet with lawmakers at Capitol Hill ‘to teach’ on the Saudi-backed league and ‘counter the PGA Tour’s anti-competitive efforts’ as golf’s civil conflict continues

  • Greg Norman will go to Capitol Hill this week to satisfy with members of congress
  • The LIV Golf CEO will educate the lawmakers on the insurgent tour’s enterprise mannequin
  • The PGA Tour has been lobbying towards the breakaway circuit since 2021
  • The insurgent collection seems to be to guard itself from the makes an attempt to ‘stifle its progress’  

LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman will go to Capitol Hill later this week to satisfy with members of congress amid the insurgent collection’ ongoing battle with the PGA Tour.  

The LIV Golf Invitational Collection launched earlier this yr and has remained within the information for the authorized battle with the PGA Tour and criticism it continues to obtain for its use of Saudi financing.

Norman, a two-time main champion, will meet with lawmakers from each events to teach them on the insurgent tour’s enterprise mannequin to guard the collection from the PGA Tour’s ‘makes an attempt to stifle its progress’. 

The PGA Tour has been lobbying towards LIV Golf since 2021 whereas defectors to the breakaway collection have filed towards their former tour. 

In the meantime, the Justice Division has been probing the PGA Tour’s doable anticompetitive conduct since July.

‘LIV Golf is coming to the Hill this week to satisfy with lawmakers from each events,’ LIV spokesperson Jonathan Grella mentioned in an announcement by way of CNBC. 

LIV CEO Greg Norman will go to Capitol Hill later this week to satisfy with members of congress

‘Given the PGA Tour’s makes an attempt to stifle our progress in reimagining the sport, we predict it is crucial to teach members on LIV’s enterprise mannequin and counter the Tour’s anti-competitive efforts.’

Norman is slated to satisfy with a number of lawmakers. Reps. Nancy Mace, R-N.C., and Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., lead the casual congressional golf caucus.

Legal professionals for LIV Golf and a number of other of its gamers have accused the PGA Tour in a federal antitrust lawsuit of improperly suspending members for his or her involvement in LIV. 

Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau are among the many gamers concerned within the lawsuit, although Mickelson just lately mentioned he would possibly choose to take away his identify from the lawsuit.

Bryson DeChambeau remains named as a plaintiff in the suit

Phil Mickelson is considering removing his name from the antitrust lawsuit against PGA Tour

Bryson DeChambeau (left) and Phil Mickelson (proper) are plaintiffs in a lawsuit towards PGA Tour

11 gamers initially filed the lawsuit on August 3 however Jason Kokrak, Pat Perez and Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz and Abraham Ancer have since withdrawn their names. 

LIV has been intertwined with political points from the very begin, with Mickelson admitting to creator Alan Shipnuck in February that Saudi Arabia — whose Public Funding Fund is financing the big-money LIV tour — had been ‘scary m——–s’ with a foul human rights file. 

A number of massive names, together with main winners resembling Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Cameron Smith and DeChambeau, have been lured to the startup circuit with profitable offers resembling signing bonuses reportedly value as a lot as $100million to $200million. 

Several big names, including Cameron Smith

A number of massive names, together with Cameron Smith (proper) have been lured to the startup circuit

The Saudi ties and financing have additionally caught the eye of Republican and Democratic lawmakers. 

‘My downside is, you’ve got a billion {dollars} of Saudi cash coming in and primarily shopping for off a few of the contributors within the PGA Tour with a direct objective of primarily breaking the again of the Tour,’ U.S. Rep. Chip Roy (R-Tex.) instructed the Wall Avenue Journal in July.

Former President Donald Trump has supported LIV in its makes an attempt to rival the PGA Tour. Trump Nationwide Bedminster in New Jersey hosted LIV’s third occasion and Trump Doral in Miami will host the season finale.

Critics say LIV Golf, bankrolled by Saudi Arabia’s PIF, quantities to ‘sportswashing’ by a nation attempting to enhance its repute within the face of criticism over its human rights file.

LIV Golf is bankrolled by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (pictured right governor Yasir Al-Rumayyan)

LIV Golf is bankrolled by Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund (pictured proper governor Yasir Al-Rumayyan)

Since 2021, the PGA Tour has paid $360,000 to the agency DLA Piper to foyer lawmakers on a number of matters together with ‘Saudi Golf League proposals’, in line with CNBC. 

A number of lawmakers – together with Sens. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. – have expressed concern about LIV.

The PGA Tour has suspended gamers which were lured away by the staggering sums of cash the circuit has provided. LIV counts 12 main winners amongst its gamers and presents $25 million purses in no-cut 54-hole tournaments.

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