Aug 3, 2022

The battle for the best players in the world would end up in a courtroom as soon as the PGA Tour suspended players who competed in the rival LIV Golf invitational series.

The lawsuit was filed by the players on Wednesday. The players are seeking a temporary restraining order that would allow them to play in the FedEx Cup playoffs.

The gloves have finally come off after a summer of drama.

"I don't like that the players are being sued by the tour because they're also being sued by the tour," Billy said. The tour is called thePGA Tour. I am a member of the tour. The man is on the tour. The golfer is on the tour. The tour has more than 200 members.

Here are some of the biggest revelations from the lawsuit.

Is the PGA Tour colluding with the majors?

Lawyers for the suspended players believe that the PGA Tour's ban on players who join LIV Golf is greatly strengthened if the ban includes the four major tournaments.

The Tour is aware that if it can prevent players from playing in those events, it will be hard for them to sign up.

According to the players' lawyers, the PGA Tour encouraged Major organizations to join its group boycott and to prevent LIV Golf from entering the global golf community.

The players who were eligible to play in the majors were allowed to play.

The leaders of the governing bodies haven't changed their minds about LIV Golf. In May 2021, the CEO of the PGA of America said his organization was in full support of the PGA Tour and the European Tour.

At the U.S. Open in June, USGA CEO Mike Whan said that it would be harder for some people to get into the tournament. I was able. That may be true. I can definitely see that day, but I'm not sure.

Martin Slumbers, CEO of the R&A, told reporters that LIV Golf is hurting the perception of the sport.

The chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club has not taken a hard line. He was accused of working behind the scenes for the tour in the lawsuit.

Augusta National threatened to disinvite players from The Masters if they joined LIV Golf, according to the complaint. In this year's tournament, it was alleged that Ridley personally instructed players not to defect to LIV Golf and that he refused to sit down with Greg Norman to discuss the new circuit's business models.

According to the lawsuit, Slumbers and Ridley threatened Cho Minn Thant, CEO of the Asian Tour, if the Asian Tour continued to support LIV Golf. According to the complaint, the Asian Tour's Order of Merit winner's entry into The Open was taken away.

Do the LIV players have a chance to prevail in court?

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Craig Seebald, a partner and antitrust expert at the firm, said that one of the challenges for the LIV Golf players is proving injury. The players who left the PGA Tour for LIV Golf received guaranteed signing bonuses.

When you're representing a group of people, you usually say that they're so hurt. They're in a lot of pain. They are going out of business. The allegation in the complaint is that the players were overpaid to join the team. They were surprised they had to pay so much. The fact that they have the Saudis giving them millions of dollars makes it difficult for them to be viable in the long run.

Seebald thinks it will be hard for the three LIV players to get temporary restraining orders in order to play in the FedEx Cup playoffs. The Northern District of California is a popular location for antitrust cases. The Ed O'Bannon case blew up the amateurism model of the NCAA.

The chances of a restraining order being issued are slim, according to Seebald. The case is basically a money case. The court might say, "Look, we can sort out the money later." The case is large. The judge might want to know a lot of the facts before jumping in.

The LIV Golf players could argue that they were injured after receiving lucrative signing bonuses and competing for $25 million purses.

They need to be a part of the tour. The person said that. I don't understand why they need adouble dip. They need to have their cake and eat it at the same time, and then rub it in the faces of the other players on the tour. That doesn't seem right to me.

LIV Golf almost partnered with the DP World Tour

There was a meeting between representatives of Saudi Golf and the officials of the World Tour in July.

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The European Tour agreed to boycott and reject the chance to partner with the new entrant in order to strengthen its alliance with the PGA Tour.

The lawyers said that the PGA Tour tried to get the DP World Tour to change its rules so that its players couldn't play in golf tournaments. The players were fined and suspended from the events the tour co-sanctions with the tour.

The European Tour agreed to implement the group boycott.

Mickelson was suspended in March

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The golfer spent four months away from golf because of his comments about the Saudis. Part of his break was his own.

According to the lawsuit, Lefty was suspended for two months by the PGA Tour for trying to recruit players. The appeal committee upheld the suspension. He had played in the first LIV Golf event in London and was not allowed to return to work.

The Tour's conduct cost endorsements and sponsors. The Tour earns vastly more in sponsorship, advertising, and broadcast revenue than any other golf tour, and it is shown regularly on broadcast television in the US.

DeChambeau signed with LIV Golf twice

DeChambeau, winner of the 2020 U.S. Open and one of the most polarizing players in the game, was linked to LIV Golf long before he signed with the company.

The lawsuit states that DeChambeau signed with the Saudi circuit twice. LIV Golf couldn't fill out its plans for a league this season because of the threats of punishment on the PGA Tour.

The lawsuit stated that some players were forced to publicly profess their loyalty to the Tour. "Other players who had previously agreed in principle to all terms with LIV Golf informed LIV Golf that they now could not sign and instead publicly profess their loyalty to the Tour." The players who were enthusiastic about joining LIV Golf were told that they couldn't because of the threats.

What about the Ryder Cup?

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The lawsuit claims that the PGA of America threatened to ban golf players from future tournaments if they joined LIV Golf.

He told reporters that the U.S. players have to be members of the PGA Tour in order to compete in the biennial event.

The organization's stance was the same at the PGA Championship.

In June, LIV players were asked if they would be eligible for captain's picks.

The way that we're members of thePGA of America is through the tour. You can connect the dots from there.

Attorneys for the LIV players asked the judge to vent the PGA Tour from conspiring or agreeing with the European Tour to ban or threaten to ban players from participating in European Tour events.

PGA Tour vendors and sponsors don't like LIV Golf

Several longstanding PGA Tour vendors and sponsors, including apparel, golf equipment, technology companies and golf courses, chose not to do business with LIV Golf because of their relationship with the PGA Tour, according to the complaint.

The lawsuit stated that LIV Golf tried to enter into a business relationship with Dick's. Dick's Sporting Goods representatives agreed with LIV Golf that it was best to pass right now.

The complaint said that Ticketmaster pulled out of the deal due to pressure from the PGA Tour.