Legal battle over LIV Golf heats up as reports on golfers’ contracts show restrictions, requirements with big paydays


Fans will be photographed next to the LIV Golf logo.

Fans will be photographed next to the LIV Golf logo.Tyler Lauretta / Insider

  • A Wall Street Journal report reveals unusual requirements for LIV golfers.

  • The deal has not yet been made public, but it could be made public this week in a federal court case.

  • Meanwhile, Patrick Reed has filed a defamation lawsuit against Blundell Chambry and The Golf Channel.

The legal battle over LIV Golf has intensified as a new report on player contracts reveals unique requirements players must comply with to get huge payouts.

A deal with the golfer has yet to be publicly revealed, adding to the mystique of the new Saudi-backed golf startup. The Wall Street Journal reported.

However, according to the Journal, a federal judge could move to open many contracts as part of the lawsuit. Three players have unsuccessfully sought injunctions to allow them to play in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Despite being suspended from the PGA Tour.

The Wall Street Journal report looking at sample LIV golfer contracts reveals “unusual clauses” such as requiring LIV players to wear LIV apparel even when playing in non-LIV events became. The issue was raised at a hearing last week regarding a temporary restraining order that LIV athletes ultimately failed to obtain, at which LIV attorneys said they would be given the opportunity to play in the PGA Tour postseason. stated that the player would not wear his LIV apparel if asked to do so.

The LIV contract also means players cannot conduct unauthorized interviews and need help recruiting other players to the league, the WSJ reported.

In addition to huge contract bonuses and prize money at LIV events, LIV players will receive an additional $1 million in prize money if they win any of golf’s four majors, according to sample contracts reviewed by the WSJ. It is supposed to be.

Last week’s hearings and Wednesday’s WSJ report aren’t the only legal issues with LIV in the news like they were on Tuesday. LIV golfer Patrick Reed files defamation lawsuit To Blundell Chambry, a player-turned-commentator, and The Golf Channel.

In the lawsuit, Reed claimed Chamblee was “aggressively targeted.”[ed] [Reed] It destroys his reputation, creates hatred, and creates a hostile work environment for him.” Reid is seeking $750 million in damages.

A golf fan on Twitter pointed out that the lead’s attorney in the case, Larry Kleiman, had previously taken a completely different stance against LIV.

Both Reed’s case and the LIV player’s larger antitrust case against the PGA Tour will take time to resolve, with the latter potentially taking years to resolve. Several legal experts told Insider.

Meanwhile, a court ruling on a temporary restraining order appears to indicate that players who jumped to the LIV won’t be coming back anytime soon.

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