LIV Golf CEO and Commissioner Greg Norman met with lawmakers in Washington Wednesday in what he known as a “very informative” meeting throughout which he addressed members of Congress in regards to the tour’s current investments and the PGA Tour’s anti-competitive efforts aimed toward focusing on former members who’ve since joined the rival Saudi-backed circuit.
The 20-time PGA Tour winner lauded LIV Golf’s success in a meeting with the Republican Study Committee and credited its progress to the standard product it affords, including, “We by no means supposed to destroy one other tour,” a supply with data of the meeting advised FOX Business.
Norman additionally praised the significance of the competitors, calling it the “bedrock of America,” and mentioned the circuit has invested $300 million in the Asian Tour and is now exploring the opportunity of a girls’s tour, the supply added.
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Ahead of final week’s occasion in Chicago, Norman made related feedback about the advantages of competitors and seemingly took credit score for the PGA Tour’s current modifications.
“Since LIV’s got here on board, the PGA Tour has stepped up. They would by no means have accomplished that with out competitors. Competition’s one of the best factor in any sport,” he mentioned on the time.
A supply additionally advised FOX Business that Norman claimed his gamers have been threatened with lifetime bans from the PGA Tour and that the tour has threatened to tug PGA Tour press credentials from reporters if they offer LIV favorable protection. It may also reportedly blacklist distributors that serve LIV occasions, in response to the supply.
The PGA Tour declined to touch upon these claims.
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After exiting his meeting with Republican lawmakers, Norman declined to say if he believed the PGA Tour was enjoying soiled over its suspensions of LIV Golf gamers, telling FOX Business, “You’ll should ask the PGA Tour.
“We’re right here [for the good of] the sport of golf. We’re giving the gamers one other platform as unbiased contractors to play.”
The PGA Tour drew a tough line in the sand this summer season after a few of its members both resigned their memberships or agreed to play in LIV tournaments with out launch.
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Commissioner Jay Monahan launched a memo in June stating that these gamers would now be thought of ineligible to play in PGA Tour occasions, prompting 11 gamers to file an antitrust lawsuit claiming that the tour’s indefinite suspensions had been aimed toward hurting their careers.
Four gamers have since dropped from the lawsuit and, in their absence, LIV Golf has joined.
The Justice Department launched an investigation into the PGA Tour’s dealing with of the state of affairs in July to find out if it dedicated antitrust violations.
When requested if he is confronted any criticism from lawmakers on Capitol Hill, Norman advised FOX Business, “No. Actually not one individual since I’ve been CEO has advised me this can be a unhealthy concept.”