On a day when many of the world’s best golfers were in Charlotte, North Carolina, selecting matchups and preparing for the 14th Presidents Cup, LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman was in Washington, DC, lobbying on behalf from his Saudi-backed breakaway golf club. league.
“LIV Golf will come to Cerro this week to meet with legislators from both parties,” LIV Golf confirmed to golf week. “Given the PGA Tour’s attempts to stifle our progress in reinventing the game, we believe it is imperative to educate members about LIV’s business model and counter the Tour’s anti-competitive efforts.”
In June, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Department of Justice is investigating whether the PGA Tour engaged in anti-competitive behavior against LIV Golf.
Both sides are actively lobbying lawmakers, and on Wednesday, Norman was in the nation’s capital for a meeting with the Republican Study Committee, which is considered the largest conservative group in the House.
Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas), a member of the Republican Study Committee, has asked the Justice Department to investigate whether LIV Golf violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act by failing to register its ties to the Saudi government, according to a report. report. by thehill.com.
Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) called Norman’s appearance “propaganda” before leaving the meeting.
Backed by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, LIV Golf has been criticized as a way for the Kingdom to “wash sports” over its human rights record. Saudi Arabia has been accused of a wide range of human rights abuses, including politically motivated killings, torture, enforced disappearances and inhumane treatment of prisoners. And members of the royal family and the Saudi government were accused of being involved in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist.
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