Those who remain (mostly) calm on the fairways will have their leniency tested in the courtroom as the LIV golfers’ antitrust trial has been significantly delayed.
A tentative July 23, 2023 date has been set for summary judgment by U.S. District Judge Bath Labson Freeman, in which the PGA Tour will almost certainly seek to have the case dismissed.
The trial itself is scheduled to take place on January 8, 2024. With the trial hearing postponed, the LIV contingent is at a disadvantage, at least for the middleman.
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LIV Golf players had hoped for a hearing before the start of next year’s FedEx Cup playoffs on August 7, 2023, but those hopes were dashed on Thursday.
Earlier this month, 11 LIV golfers sued the Tour, challenging suspensions issued for their defection.
Three of the nearly a dozen – Hudson Swafford, Matt Jones and Talor Gooch – even went so far as to seek temporary restraining orders that would have allowed them to play in the ongoing FedEx Cup playoffs.
Labson, who was involved in the TROs, denied their injunctions, resulting in their absence from the equivalent of the PGA playoffs.
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The eleven-man group apparently lost a pair of the peloton, according to the Tour’s lawyers.
Carlos Ortiz had already retired but another anonymous individual took his name from the case.
A report in the the wall street journal said it reviewed a draft contract that LIV Golf offered players, noting that it was unclear whether the terms of the draft are in all contracts or can be negotiated.
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The draft contract also includes clauses obliging players to wear the LIV Golf brand at any golf tournament they “enter anywhere in the world” – and therefore show and promote the rebel tour at the majors.
Open champion Cameron Smith is expected to be the next player to sign with the Saudi rebels tour, with his deal worth more than $100 million.
Last month, Greg Norman confirmed that Tiger Woods had been offered a contract worth up to $800 million.
Australian Cam Smith is the next valuable asset who looks set to be poached from the PGA Tour