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LIV Golf CEO and Commissioner Greg Norman He is expected to meet with lawmakers in Washington, D.C., this week to discuss the ring’s contentious trade ties with Saudi Arabia and the “anti-competitive efforts” of the PGA Tour, which have seen many top sports players suspended, Qull reports.
The 20-time winner of the PGA Tour will travel to the capital in an effort to “educate” leaders from both sides about the circuit, which is supported by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, and to discuss the ongoing battle with the Tour, Politico first reported on Monday.
“LIV Golf is coming to Hill this week to meet with lawmakers from both parties,” LIV Golf spokesman Jonathan Grilla said in a statement to the outlet. “according to The PGA Tour attempts to stifle our progress In reimagining the game, we believe it is essential to educate members on LIV’s business model and counteract the tour’s anti-competitive efforts.”
The meeting comes just a month after Politico announced it Leaf golf Lobbying firm hired Hobart Hallaway & Quayle Ventures.
The PGA Tour drew a hard streak in the sand this summer after some of its members quit their memberships or agreed to play in LIV tournaments without being released.
Commissioner Jay Monahan issued a memo in June that these players would now be deemed ineligible to play in Tour events, prompting 11 players to file a monopoly lawsuit claiming that the indefinite suspension of the Tour was intended to harm their careers.
Four players have since withdrawn from the suit and in their absence LIV Golf has joined. Phil Mickelson, one of the players who initially filed the lawsuit, said last week that You may consider withdrawing As a result of LIV’s participation.
“I haven’t done anything yet, but now that I’m involved with LIV, it’s not necessary for me to be a part of it,” he said of the LIV Golf Invitational in Chicago. “I still am right now. I don’t know what I’m really going to do. The only reason I’m staying in is the damage, which I don’t really want or need anything.”
The Department of Justice launched an investigation into the PGA Tour’s handling of the situation in July to determine whether it committed antitrust violations.
“Since the accession of LIV, The PGA Tour stepped in. They would not have done so without competition. “Competition is the best thing in any sport,” Norman said last week.
“We created this new atmosphere, this new energy, and the PGA Tour had to interact. This tells us, that LIV is the leader. LIV is the future of golf. As long as we maintain our position and keep building, building and building, the Tour has to continue to interact, interact and interact” .