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Report: Major TV network the leading contender to strike deal for LIV Golf media rights



The latest LIV Golf event gets underway in Chicago this week, with those looking to tune in once again having to fire up YouTube to watch the 48 professionals do battle.

LIV has yet to strike a media deal that would allow a network or streaming service to broadcast their events, and while rumors surrounding a deal with Apple were circulating, Barstool’s Dan Rapaport reported this week that they deemed LIV to be “too toxic.”

According to a report from Front Office Sports, Fox Sports is now the leading contender to acquire LIV’s U.S. media rights.

While not going into specifics on whether a deal was close to being struck with Fox, Will Staeger, LIV’s chief media officer, told FOS that they are currently in discussions with “virtually every major media company.”

“We want exposure. We want broad viewership. We want to be on a platform where viewers are accustomed to watching sports.” he added. “Golf needs it, actually. Quite honestly, listening to golf on TV gets rather boring. Because everybody says the same thing every time about everybody.”

Interestingly, Fox Sports fired Greg Norman from his announcing role back in 2016, just a year after being in the job, with the Aussie telling FOS last year that he felt that he got “rolled under the bus.”

Earlier this week, Norman revealed to Kap & J. Hood on ESPN 1000 that they were in discussion with four different networks, and it appears that Fox lead the race to land a deal that should be a game-changer for LIV.

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  1. Jose

    Oct 6, 2022 at 2:42 am super awesome deals

  2. Mo

    Sep 29, 2022 at 12:08 am

    They’re going to pay FOX to air LIV Golf? I thought it was supposed to be the other way around

  3. freeze

    Sep 23, 2022 at 2:50 pm

    Norman is scrambling, see what I did there, he said the LIV players would keep their pga tour card, get ranking points, a tv deal and none has come true. He is skydiving out of planes, having lunch congressional republicans some walked out while he was talking. viewership is shrinking and he has zero leverage to get a network deal unless they pay them to air the events

  4. Chuck

    Sep 19, 2022 at 5:06 pm

    Gosh, my bet had been in either Newsmax or OAN to get the LIV Golf contract.

    • Scott F

      Sep 21, 2022 at 2:08 pm

      haha no kidding I dont see Fox taking this on since they tried golf once and it failed miserably.

  5. William Fons

    Sep 17, 2022 at 12:30 am

    PGA should make a tactical decision and request 12 of their lowest rank golfers to apply to play with LIV. If LIV denies
    these golfers a spot, they should bring a coutcase against LIV on the grounds of denying an independent contractor of playing tournament golf.
    This is the same reason given by the ex PGA players court action against the PGA Tour.

    • S

      Sep 17, 2022 at 2:30 am

      And, that’s a great comment from an idiot, as we all would expect.
      If the PGA did that, it would be admitting to the fact that LIV is good competition

    • Red

      Sep 17, 2022 at 8:09 pm

      What’s the matter with you boy? You too st- st- stupid?

  6. Mike

    Sep 16, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    At this point, I only watch the majors & a few other select events (Ryder cup, Players). I don’t watch most of the other PGA events. Nno offense to anyone, but it’s usually a bunch of “B” tier players with a few stars thrown in. That’s not riveting TV to me. Not sure if I’d watch LIV but I definitely would DVR some final rounds to see if it’s worth watching.

  7. Dave r

    Sep 16, 2022 at 2:42 pm

    They can’t get the news right , maybe it’s their destination at least they have to report on live tv hard to make up fake news if the world is watching.

  8. Josh

    Sep 16, 2022 at 12:17 pm

    LMAO of course it’s Fox. Sauidi-backed golf good, Jan 6 was just political discourse, everything is great.

    • VC

      Sep 16, 2022 at 1:34 pm

      Political discourse like the shitshow ANTIFA and BLM put on? How much destruction did they do? Took over a police station, vandalized federal buildings, stole and destroyed people’s property. Those are probably your role models.

      • VC is a Moron

        Nov 6, 2022 at 4:34 pm

        But what about Antifa… People are saying… Wow…

    • VC

      Sep 16, 2022 at 1:43 pm

      You prefer political discourse like that of your role models the domestic terrorists BLM and ANTIFA. Took over a police station, vandalized federal buildings, took over a section of a city and declared themselves to be no longer part of the United States. Oh yeah, stole and destroyed people’s property and livelihoods.

    • GolfWRX Staff

      Sep 16, 2022 at 5:55 pm

      They have medication you can take for your depression Josh, but sometimes, you just need to get over it.

      • John

        Sep 17, 2022 at 9:38 pm

        Maybe, as the source of this story you should just report the news and not make asinine comments on your reader’s posts.

  9. wayne defrancesco

    Sep 16, 2022 at 11:49 am

    The real question is “who cares?” Meaningless events with players who have already cashed in and are just looking to get richer. Last time I checked your bank account doesn’t get you into the Hall of Fame. The LIV players made their choice, now they should play their events, count their money, and stop complaining about not being invited to every tournament they used to play in. Golf goes on without these guys.

    • Night

      Sep 16, 2022 at 1:00 pm

      Well obviously you care or you wouldn’t be here Wayne. Duh

    • VC

      Sep 16, 2022 at 1:37 pm

      Kind of like who cares about your meaningless opinion?

    • I want red letters in my name too

      Sep 16, 2022 at 5:57 pm

      Yeah I mean golf does go on. Now Billy Horschel is a super star…… Billy…. Horschel……let that sink in.

      • Livininparadise

        Sep 16, 2022 at 7:36 pm

        Lol. I never thought of it that way but you are right. Rory and his supporting cast featuring Billy horschel.

    • F

      Sep 17, 2022 at 2:34 am

      So guys like Rors taking $300 million from Nike isn’t about money? If it isn’t about money, why did the PGA literally react to what’s happening and massively increase prize purses? Why didn’t they shrink the purses, and tell the boys to play for pride and for the competition than for the money, and give the remaining purses to the local poor neighborhoods of the host towns where the events are played, and distribute the money with cheques to those in need, especially seeing as people are suffering in this inflated economy? Why give that money to the players? They don’t play for money, right? Phil Mickelson is correct.

  10. golfmajor

    Sep 16, 2022 at 11:41 am

    Mixed emotions about a broadcast contract for LIV.

    I know YouTube and can’t be the long term broadcaster for LIV but sure do enjoy watching golf without the torrent of commercial interruptions in PGA coverage. PGA broadcasts have become almost unwatchable live because of the ridiculously frequent commercial breaks….fast forwarding through commercials on recorded video is the only way I watch anymore.

    I enjoy watching LIV golf (and PGA and college golf) so I wish them the best in expanding their viewership and growing their fan base

    • JJ

      Sep 16, 2022 at 9:27 pm

      Don’t forget the extremely overused “play through” constant commercials too.

      • MICHAEL

        Sep 17, 2022 at 10:32 am

        Ha!!! NOTHING is more annoying than that ‘play-thru’ nonsense. I DVR many events & thus can skip thru commercials. With play-thru, I’ve had to learn to fast-forward slowly so I don’t miss anything important.

  11. Trump2024

    Sep 16, 2022 at 10:27 am

    Ah yes, the comments in here.

    Stay in your high horses all while pumping “Saudi gas” into your cars

    • Josh

      Sep 16, 2022 at 12:42 pm

      Typical Fox. Saudi golf good, Jan 6 was just political discourse. When tucker Carlson is interviewing you to defend yourself, like he was with Bryson, you know you’re on the wrong side of history.

      • Tony

        Oct 13, 2022 at 3:08 pm

        Jan 6 was a riot, not an insurrection. Insurrections are armed.

    • Prime21

      Sep 20, 2022 at 11:24 pm

      Am I supposed to walk? Is there another gas I can get? Because I am forced to buy the gas that is sold to me I am compliant? Brilliant comment bro, stick with it, you’ll become something.

    • You are not smart

      Sep 24, 2022 at 7:24 pm

      Ummm you do realize that the US pumps a lot of our own oil and only imports some small amount just to help stabilize the markets? Or did you just think that all oil is Saudi, and obviously now we know of you think something it makes it fact.

    • Desantis 2024

      Sep 27, 2022 at 1:10 am

      WTI or USA sourced oil is used as an additive to most Saudi oil that is imported. Saudi oil is too sour.

  12. snapjack

    Sep 16, 2022 at 10:27 am

    Great! Another reason not to watch anything Fox, their golf coverage was the absolute worst.

  13. Jason

    Sep 16, 2022 at 8:11 am

    Of course Fox Sports. They’re the Fox News of the Sports World.

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‘Don’t be a d***’ – Rocco Mediate sounds off on ungrateful LIV rebels



Rocco Mediate, who famously took Tiger Woods to 19 extra holes at the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, has come out firing at LIV golfers.

On the Beyond The Clubhouse podcast, Mediate said those who’ve left the PGA TOUR need to show it some respect.

“What’s going on now, it kind of p***** you off the way guys talk about what gave them everything that they have,” he said.

“Think about Greg Norman, everything he has came because he played on the PGA Tour, and what, that wasn’t that good enough? What would you have been without it? There was no other platform, and there still isn’t now – 54 holes in shorts, whoop de doo.”

The 59-year-old took less issue with the fact that they chose to go and take the money than with how they’ve acted towards the PGA TOUR after making the decision.

“Of course it’d be great to make the money, I don’t blame them at all. They’ve been going to Saudi Arabia for a million years for appearance money, that’s not even an issue. But do it the right way, how about a thank you?”

Rocco said that if they happened to want him to play for LIV, he’d probably accept, but would do it the “right way”.

“You know what, if they called me and said they wanted an old guy on the LIV Tour, I’d say ‘yeah that’d be cool, and I want to thank the PGA Tour for giving me everything that I have, but I’m done now’.”

“That’s how you do it, you don’t be a d***, because you’re already being paid way more than you ever earned.

“The one thing we do out here (PGA Tour) is you earn it, they don’t hand it to you – it’s how it always was.”

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Greg Norman outlines very bold plan over 2023 LIV Golf signings



With the inaugural season of LIV Golf in the books, CEO Greg Norman has shifted his attention to 2023.

While speaking to the press, “The Shark” stated that one current priority is to secure more high-end talent for the upcoming LIV Golf season.

“Basically, we’re looking for maybe seven players, something like that.”

When he was asked: “We’re talking Top 10, Top 20 players?” Norman replied:

“Yes. You said both. So, I said yes.”

Earlier this week, it was speculated in a report from The Guardian that PGA Tour stars Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay could be amongst those moving to LIV for next season.

While Norman didn’t give any names, he made it clear that he thinks players have plenty of incentive to “be liberated” and join LIV.

“Quite honestly, the players on the outside looking in to see what’s happening with LIV today, these guys still talk to each other, right? The ones on LIV feel like they have been liberated. There are players on the PGA Tour that we’re speaking to today that want to be liberated.”

The CEO also said that most of the field from last year will be back once again in 2023.

“The percentage of players that will come back probably – doing quick math – 85 to 90% of the players, I would say.”

Next season, the LIV Golf schedule will expand to fourteen tournaments and the total prize money will expand to $405 million.

Both Greg Norman and LIV president Atul Khosla have spoken in the past week of the importance of getting a U.S. television deal and securing sponsors for the league prior to season two getting underway.

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Ian Poulter makes plea to Elon Musk after Twitter takeover



All change at Twitter Towers after Elon Musk’s multi-billion dollar takeover.

After several months of negotiation, the richest man in the world finally bought the social media site at the end of October, because “buying Twitter is an accelerant to creating X, the everything app.” Yeah, your guess is as good as mine.

Musk got to work with immediate effect. He and his team sacked some of the existing top-level management personnel, and his latest move is to modify the ‘blue tick’, the award given to users who, according to the old site at least, must be ‘authentic, noble and active”.

The ‘everything’ of Tesla and SpaceX now wants to charge an $8 monthly fee to go blue, a move that hasn’t gone down well, with The New Statesman claiming it would be a “disaster.”

One of those in total disagreement with the view of the respected political publication is Ian Poulter, a frequent poster on Twitter and a player that has used the social media site to argue his case for LIV Golf, as he did a few weeks ago when involved in an ugly spat with Eddie Pepperell.

The 46-year-old has recently been noticed fighting back against anonymous trolls on social media and welcomes any move by Musk to remove these from his feed.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Ryder Cup star posted:

The 46-year-old recently finished 29th on the end-of-season LIV rankings, earning just over $3million in combined individual and team earnings.

Poults’ latest effort for the Majesticks GC team was as first-time captain, a move made so he could play in any singles matches instead of Lee Westwood – a tactical decision tailor-made for a man with a Ryder Cup singles record of six wins and one half from seven matches.

Away from the course, Poulter will be happy with the way Twitter is facing up to the “hateful conduct” on the site. And for that, we should all be grateful.

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