Contract Details For LIV Golf Players Are Pretty Crazy

LIV Golf players continue to come under scrutiny from fans of the sport and rival touring series – and new reports have detailed what they signed up for when they joined the series.

The Wall Street Journal shared a report Wednesday which revealed details of the contracts LIV Golf players have signed to join the series. Some of the requirements are mental, with limits on players’ media rights and a requirement to sign more players.

Report reveals details of LIV Golf contracts

Some of the greatest players in world golf have signed up for the controversial LIV Invitational Series. The series is funded by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, and it has drawn criticism for the obscene money involved, the perceived weaknesses of its format, and the Saudi government’s obvious attempts to wash down the sport.

The likes of Brooks Koepka, Bryson deChambeau and Dustin Johnson have joined the series, while Open champion Cameron Smith has been among those linked to the series in recent weeks.

Four-time major champion Brooks Koepka is among those to join LIV Golf. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

If Smith joins LIV Golf, he will have attractive terms in his contract.

The Wall Street Journal has had access to a draft contract, and they report that one of the requirements of signing up for LIV Golf is to recruit other players to join the series – perhaps explaining how the invitational series has grown so quickly (aside from the money on offer). The draft contract would read as follows:

On demand, [players will] assist the league operator in seeking to persuade players to enter into multi-year participation agreements with the league operator.

The contract also confirms that players cannot skip any LIV Golf events to play on other circuits, while they are required to wear the LIV Golf brand in any tournament they enter, whether part of the series or nope. Despite the animosity between LIV and rivals PGA and DP World Tours, the Journal report suggests players will receive a $1 million bonus if they win a major championship.

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For 2023, it is expected that the team format of the LIV series will be officially organized, with the 12 teams of four remaining the same throughout the year. Players will be required to wear team-related clothing during “any golf activity”.

One of the most concerning elements of the LIV Golf draft contract is that players are expected to get approval from the series’ promoters before granting exclusive interviews or commentary on the series.

The showdown between LIV Golf and the wider world of golf continues to brew, with Henrik Stenson stripped of the European Ryder Cup captaincy for joining the breakaway series.

Australian LIV players, however, received a boost recently when it was revealed that they would still be allowed to play events on their home soil – unlike the sweeping ban on LIV Golf players by the PGA and DP circuits.

PGA players gathered ahead of this weekend’s BMW Championship for crisis talks over the breakaway series, with Tiger Woods flown in to lead the charge. Woods got emotional during The Open Championship last month while talking about LIV.

The Wall Street Journal report does not specify whether the requirements of the proposed LIV Golf contract apply to all players – but the fact that they are a starting point certainly gives some insight into the intentions of the series organizers. We expect the animosity in the world of golf to only get worse.

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Michael C. Ford