No gambling. No doping. Only moderate drinking at post-tournament parties.
The new LIV golf course may sound like a lot of fun (and lucrative), but the Greg Norman tour also has a lot of rules and regulations.
The rules and regulations were among the unsealed documents released by a federal court in California on Monday. On September 1, U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman partially granted the PGA Tour’s request to print out parts of the rules and regulations of LIV Golf and its player contracts. It ruled that LIV Golf could keep financial terms and other personal information confidential, but ordered plaintiffs to submit publicly redacted documents.
Here are some of the highlights:
Players who play golf well can extend their contracts
Talor Gooch’s contract submitted to the court was heavily edited. Gooch was one of three LIV golfers who unsuccessfully tried to obtain a temporary restraining order from Freeman to play in the FedEx Cup PGA Tour playoffs. Financial terms and other personal information have been blacked out in the public version. Gooch signed a two-year contract with LIV Golf for the 2022 and 2023 seasons. A source told Sportzshala on Tuesday that the player’s longest contract with LIV Golf runs until the 2027 season.
The contract states that Gooch is an independent contractor, “and that nothing in this Agreement shall be construed or relied upon as evidence that the League Operator or the Team Operator, as the case may be, is the employer, part-time and/or player’s co-worker.
The contract stipulates that Gooch is not subject to relegation until the end of the 2025 season and that he can decide to renew his contract by placing in the individual points table. The specific details of where he was to finish in the standings were edited into the court-published contract.
References to anti-doping policy
According to the rules and regulations, players are prohibited from contacting or having “dealings with persons whose activities involve the illegal trafficking or use of substances or methods prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency, or other forms of doping.”
The rules and regulations also make references to LIV Golf’s performance-enhancing drug policy and substance abuse policy. The rules state that there are separate dispute resolution procedures for such violations. Players are prohibited from consuming alcohol and prohibited substances while on the pitch, and are allowed “moderate and responsible drinking” after competition and during social events.
A source from LIV Golf told Sportzshala on Tuesday that the new league has not yet implemented a drug policy and does not test players for illegal substances and recreational drugs. The source said the circuit hopes to have such a program in place by the 2023 season and is fully committed to drug testing its players.
The PGA Tour Players’ Handbook and Regulations state that “all PGA TOUR participants are subject to the terms and conditions of the PGA TOUR Anti-Doping Program.”
LIV players can be fined up to $50,000.
In accordance with the rules and regulations, LIV golfers have a strict disciplinary plan in place. Following an investigation of suspected offenses, which may include court etiquette, gambling, drug use, or a criminal conviction, the player will receive a temporary written notice that will include a description of the offense, supporting evidence, and possible sanctions. The player will have 10 days to provide a written explanation and extenuating circumstances.
LIV Golf will then issue a written final notice. The player may appeal the decision using the simplified appeal process for minor violations and the standard appeal process for more serious violations. LIV Golf has the right to temporarily suspend a player during an appeal.
Sanctions may include a reprimand or censure to be published in the players’ newsletter, fines ranging from $1,000 to $50,000, suspension from tournaments, a two-year exclusion, and permanent non-recovery exclusion.
The PGA Tour provides for three classes of fines: minor (fine up to $10,000), intermediate (fine between $10,001 and $20,000 and suspension of no more than three tournaments), and major (fine over $20,000 and suspension of more than three tournaments and/or or permanent suspension from participation in the tour).
LIV Golf owns the media rights of the players on the course
The rules and regulations state that “television, radio, films, the Internet, statistical data and information, and other related rights, and all other media rights of all players participating in events included in the Series, or any other golf events in connection with or under the auspices of LIV Golf, in connection with all content that is created, captured, recorded or otherwise generated during or in connection with any such events, is hereby provided and transmitted by LIV Golf.
While players’ media rights associated with tournaments are “the property of and expressly reserved by LIV Golf”, the rules “do not in any way restrict a player’s right to sell, transfer or hold or use their individual media rights and, accordingly, the meaning his name, image and likeness.
Gooch’s contract notes that he “further agrees that the League Operator shall have the exclusive and unrestricted right for an indefinite period (including after the termination of this Agreement)” to use his name, likeness and likeness.
A source from LIV Golf said that everything a player does in a tournament or during a tournament belongs to the tournament forever. However, after the player leaves the event or participates in another event of another tour, there will be no restrictions for LIV Golf. He controls and owns the media rights to everything else he does.
Six-time major champion Phil Mickelson, who was one of the first players to move to LIV Golf, said the PGA Tour’s “disgusting greed” for player media rights was one of the reasons he wanted to play somewhere else.
“It’s not in the public domain, everything that happens,” Mickelson told Golf Digest in February. “But the players don’t have access to their own media. If the tour wanted to end any threat, [from Saudi or anywhere else], they can just give the media rights back to the players. But they would rather throw $25 million here and $40 million there than give back the roughly $20 billion of digital assets they control. Or refuse access to the $50+ million they earn annually from their own media channel.
“There are many problems, but this is one of the biggest,” he continued. “Personally, it’s not enough for me that they sit on hundreds of millions of digital moments. They also have access to my pictures, I don’t. They also charge companies for using the pictures I took. The Match” – there were five of them – the tour forced me to pay them $ 1 million each time. For my own media rights. Such greed is more than unpleasant for me. While LIV players have more freedom to compete in other competitions, LIV Golf still controls the shots Mickelson talked about in their tournaments.
Injured players still get money
If a player withdraws from the LIV Golf tournament after making at least one shot, they will receive 50% of the prize money awarded to the last place player ($60,000) but will not receive individual points. If a player withdraws after the first round, they receive the full last place amount ($60,000), but no points. The player’s team will continue to compete with three people.
Disqualified players may still participate in team competitions.
A player who has been disqualified in an individual competition, such as using an illegal club, having too many clubs in a bag, or signing an incorrect scorecard, “may continue to compete in team competition in any rounds following the round in which the disqualification occurred.” The player’s score for the round in which the disqualification occurred cannot be counted towards the team’s score.
There is no gambling on the LIV Golf circuit
The rules and regulations of LIV Golf strictly prohibit gambling and fully comply with the code of conduct and anti-corruption regulations. The rules state that each participating player agrees “not to engage in gambling (whether directly or indirectly) in connection with any tournament, event or any other golf match or competition, and must not manipulate or unlawfully influence any results or statistics.
Players are also prohibited from providing “any non-public information to any person for gambling or betting purposes”. Players found to be doing this will be subject to immediate penalties, including permanent exclusion from LIV Golf tournaments.
The rules and regulations state that a player “must not have any financial interest, directly or indirectly, in the performance or winnings of another player in any tournament approved or otherwise sanctioned by LIV Golf and/or the Asia Tour or any other governing body. body, whether by splitting the purse, “insurance” of the prize money, financial aid, wagering, or otherwise.” Players are required to “do their best in the competition” and may not “bribe, gift, pay, reward or otherwise give anything of value to any player with the intent to influence his or her efforts in a golf tournament or similar event.”
Under the rules, LIV players are required to report to Norman “any known or suspected bribe, gift, payment, reward, or other offer of anything of value, or any agreement, acceptance, or wager.”
Retired LIV golfers still have to work
According to Gooch’s contract, if an LIV golfer retires before the expiration of his contract, he must “continue to comply with any reasonable non-gaming requests from the League Operator or the Team Operator relating to the League or team, as the case may be, including duties related to the team . captaincy, league promotion, fulfilling media obligations and attending Events (including with regard to wearing and displaying team attire).
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