Report: PGA Tour Extends Ban Against LIV Golf Players And Claims Memberships Will Not Be Renewed
According to Sports Illustrated, the LIV Golf players who are suing PGA Tour were sent a letter from the league informing them that the PGA Tour is extending its ban and memberships will not be renewed due to players not being able to perform their “material obligations” under their contracts.
“The Tour cannot enter into a membership agreement with a player when, as here, it reasonably anticipates the player will not perform the material obligations under that agreement. Accordingly, your PGA Tour membership cannot and will not be renewed for the 2022-2023 PGA Tour season.”
Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones are among the nine current players who filed an antitrust lawsuit against PGA Tour to be able to play in the FedEx Cup Playoffs but a judge denied their request. Phil Mickelson also joined in the suit, reportedly claiming that the suspensions issued from PGA Tour were done with the intent of harming careers.
LIV Golf alleged that it was forced by the PGA Tour to “raise its costs in order to be able to sign players and that it kept it from recruiting others over the threat of facing punishment.” The Tour claimed that LIV Golfers were banned because the players violated their PGA Tour contracts by going to the Saudi-backed league.
“Despite knowing full well that they would breach Tour regulations and be suspended for doing so, plaintiffs have joined competing golf league LIV Golf, which has paid them tens and hundreds of millions of dollars in guaranteed money supplied by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund to procure their breaches,” the motion said. “[Temporary restraining order] plaintiffs now run into court seeking a mandatory injunction to force their way into the Tour’s season-ending FedEx Cup Playoffs, an action that would harm all Tour members that follow the rules. The antitrust laws do not allow plaintiffs to have their cake and eat it too.”
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