PGA Tour Seeks to Add Saudi Wealth Fund to Lawsuit Over LIV Golf
“To sum up, P.I.F. and Mr. al-Rumayyan recruited gamers; determined how a lot to pay them; assured them about their positions and about indemnification from go well with by P.I.F.; and managed the conduct of this litigation undertaken by P.I.F.’s attorneys,” the tour stated on the conclusion of a piece stuffed with redactions.
However the tour, the wealth fund has complained, has misconstrued and exaggerated the affect of the shareholder settlement. And in a court docket submitting final yr, earlier than the tour acquired a replica of the settlement, the wealth fund’s attorneys stated it “doesn’t management LIV’s day-to-day-operations.” The submitting included a sworn assertion from al-Rumayyan, who stated the wealth fund supplied solely “excessive degree oversight” of LIV.
LIV and the tour should not anticipated to face one another at trial till a minimum of subsequent January, and the addition of recent events to the litigation might gasoline calls to increase that timeline.
The tour has hardly been alone in looking for a variety of proof for the case. In a submitting on Monday, LIV detailed why it needed copies of communications between six individuals intently tied to the tour — 5 board members and a former commissioner — and sure members of Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership, which organizes the Masters Event and has been swept into the Justice Division’s inquiry into antitrust considerations in males’s golf.
“A central element of the tour’s scheme to foreclose competitors from LIV was to threaten golfers, different excursions, distributors, broadcasters, sponsors and just about some other third events in the event that they did enterprise with LIV,” the Saudi-funded circuit stated. “Discovery has proven that the tour delivered these threats not solely by its personal executives and workers, however by dispatching different influential individuals on its behalf.”
LIV, simply earlier than a redacted portion of its submission, stated that “the specter of a change in relationship with Augusta’s members was used as a keep on with discourage one of many high golfers on the earth from becoming a member of LIV.”
In its assertion within the submitting, the tour stated that LIV’s request “goes properly past the problems on this case, imposes an undue burden on third events, and exceeds the bounds of related and proportional discovery.”
In December, Augusta Nationwide stated it will not change the requirements that govern Masters invites earlier than its 2023 match, opening the door for greater than a dozen LIV gamers, together with six previous Masters winners, to compete this April.
Kevin Draper contributed reporting.