PGA sues LIV Golf ‘in an attempt to force discovery and testimony’ in ongoing legal battle


PGA files lawsuit against LIV Golf ‘to force discovery and testimony from the rival tour’s Saudi financiers in ongoing antitrust case’

The PGA’s ongoing legal battle with LIV Golf has spawned a new complaint aimed at compelling the rival tour’s Saudi backers to testify and release documents through discovery.

The latest lawsuit filed by the PGA remains sealed in US District Court for the Southern District of New York, but according to ESPN, it contains 50 exhibits and a proposed order for a motion to compel.

As sources told ESPN, attorneys for the PGA are hoping a federal judge will force Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund governor, Yasir Othman Al-Rumayyan, to be deposed in the Tour’s other legal battle with LIV in a California federal court. Spokespeople for the PGA Tour did not immediately respond to request for comment. 

As sources told ESPN , attorneys for the PGA are hoping a federal judge will force Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund governor, Yasir Othman Al-Rumayyan (right, alongside LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman), to be deposed in the Tour’s other legal battle with LIV in a California federal court. Spokespeople for the PGA Tour did not immediately respond to request for comment

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan (pictured) has suspended more than 30 LIV Golfers

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan (pictured) has suspended more than 30 LIV Golfers

LIV Golf and several of its players sued the PGA Tour in August over alleged antitrust violations, stemming from the Tour’s decision to ban any golfers who signed with the Saudi-backed circuit.

The PGA countersued in September, claiming LIV Golf is using antitrust laws ‘as a cudgel’ to undermine the Tour’s existing contracts with players. PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has suspended more than 30 golfers since the conflict with LIV Golf began this year.

Several big names, including major winners such as Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Cameron Smith and Bryson DeChambeau, have been lured to LIV Golf with lucrative signing bonuses reportedly worth as much as $100million to $200million. Phil Mickelson, who was originally involved in the class-action lawsuit against the Tour but has since withdrawn his name, was paid a reported $200 million to defect to LIV Golf.

Critics say LIV Golf is simply ‘sportswashing’ Saudi Arabia’s brutal human rights record.

In addition to his role with LIV Golf, Al-Rumayyan is familiar to sports fans in several other capacities: The 52-year-old is chairman of Newcastle United and the Saudi-owned petroleum company Saudi Aramco, one of Formula One’s largest sponsors.

Meanwhile, the US Department of Justice is investigating allegations that the PGA has been operating as a monopoly, which the Tour has denied.

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