LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman to foyer Congress on behalf of Saudi league

Greg Norman, the chief government and commissioner of the LIV Golf Invitational Collection, will journey to Washington this week to debate the brand new group with members of Congress.

“LIV Golf is coming to the Hill this week to meet with lawmakers from both parties,” a LIV spokesperson instructed The Washington Put up in a press release. “Given the PGA Tour’s attempts to stifle our progress in reimagining the game, we think it’s imperative to educate members on LIV’s business model and counter the Tour’s anti-competitive efforts.”

The PGA Tour banned the golfers who defected to LIV, which is funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund. The U.S. Justice Division reportedly is investigating the PGA Tour for potential antitrust violations over its response to LIV, a probe that would decide the tour’s capability to manage the place and when its golfers play. Plus, LIV has joined a federal antitrust lawsuit filed by a few of its gamers in opposition to the PGA Tour, arguing their careers had been harm when the tour suspended them after they joined LIV.

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Politico on Monday was first to report Norman’s assembly with members of Congress. Final month, it additionally reported LIV employed Hobart Hallaway & Quayle Ventures to foyer on its behalf in Washington. Former U.S. Rep. Benjamin Quayle (R-Ariz.), the son of former U.S. vice chairman Dan Quayle, is a accomplice at Hobart Hallaway & Quayle. Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for President George W. Bush, additionally has finished public relations work for LIV, which has performed one match at a course owned by former president Donald Trump and can play one other at a special Trump course in October.

Politico added that the PGA Tour additionally employed a lobbying agency, on this case DLA Piper, in its battle in opposition to LIV, which reportedly has paid out lots of of tens of millions of {dollars} to lure big-name stars equivalent to Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Cameron Smith, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau away from the PGA Tour.

These golfers and others have cited a extra relaxed schedule and greater paydays as causes they’ve left the PGA or European excursions for LIV, which has been accused of being Saudi Arabia’s try and “sportswash” its human rights violations, together with the 2018 killing of Washington Put up journalist Jamal Khashoggi. LIV tournaments are solely 54 holes — in contrast with 72 for many PGA Tour occasions — and have a lot smaller fields and no cuts, that means each golfer within the area is assured to win cash irrespective of the place they end on the chief board.

LIV’s viability could depend upon whether or not the Official World Golf Rating begins to acknowledge its tournaments. LIV has petitioned the OWGR for recognition; with out it, a lot of its golfers will probably be unable to qualify for main championships due to declining world rankings.

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The fifth match of LIV’s inaugural season ended Sunday outdoors Chicago, with the British Open champion Smith successful. The collection has but to safe an over-the-air tv deal, and its tournaments are being streamed on YouTube and on its web site. In keeping with one evaluation, this previous weekend’s LIV match — the primary by which the ultimate spherical went up in opposition to spotlight-hogging NFL video games on Sunday — garnered the fewest views of any of LIV’s first 5 occasions.

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