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

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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. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    • Red

      Sep 17, 2022 at 8:09 pm

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. golfmajor

    Sep 16, 2022 at 11:41 am

    Mixed emotions about a broadcast contract for LIV.

    I know YouTube and LIV.com 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.

  9. 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.

    • 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.

  10. snapjack

    Sep 16, 2022 at 10:27 am

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

  11. 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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Ian Poulter takes swipe at Justin Thomas over short putt complaints at Presidents Cup

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Over the weekend, Justin Thomas was involved in a dramatic Sunday singles battle with Si-Woo Kim, with the Korean eventually prevailing on the final hole of the day.

During that match, Thomas expressed his frustration at Kim not giving him a 3-foot putt on the ninth hole, with Thomas motioning that the putt may have been in ‘gimme’ range

Some found JT’s complaints hypocritical after a video had previously shown the 29-year-old shut down Jordan Spieth, who appeared to suggest giving Adam Scott a short putt earlier in the week.

Ian Poulter, known for his pedigree in match play singles, weighed in with his view on JT’s complaints, and unsurprisingly the Englishman had no sympathy for the two-time major champ, saying:

Poulter’s view appears to be the popular take on the matter, with plenty of golf fans frustrated with Thomas, who also admitted he had been ‘p*****d off’ with Si-Woo Kim for deciding to shush the crowd during their tense encounter on Sunday.

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Hotel issue forces Patrick Reed to withdraw from latest DP World Tour event

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Patrick Reed has dealt with some criticism over the past few months for choosing to play in DP World Tour events after making the controversial move to join LIV Golf.

When the former Masters champion made his decision, he made comments about wanting to spend more time with his kids.

“It wears on you as an athlete, wears on you as a person, as a father, and this is for me, I feel like this is the best decision ever,” Reed said at the time. “Now I can compete at the highest level, but also prepare and get ready for every single event and be able to be home, and even though I’ll be grinding at home getting ready, I’ll be able to spend time with the kids.”

Since the move, Reed has played in four events in September and was scheduled to play his fifth consecutive event this week at the DP World Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Links.

However, Reed withdrew from the tournament on Monday due to back pain.

According to the 32-year-old, his mattress at the Versailles hotel during the Open de France was too soft and it caused an injury.

“The mattress was just too soft for me,” Reed said in an interview with Bernie McGuire from the Irish Golfer.

“I played well in the pro-am but the pain in my back was getting worse.

“It’s disappointing as I was looking forward to coming back to France after being there for the Ryder Cup.”

Reed added: “I first played the Dunhill Links back in 2011. It was my first European Tour event, so that’s another event I was looking forward to playing.”

He’s scheduled to tee it up once again at LIV Bangkok beginning on October 7th.

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Hideki Matsuyama’s caddie just cemented his legacy with wild act at the Presidents Cup

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Hideki Matsuyama might be the most recognisable player in Japanese golf. He may have also turned down the biggest offer from LIV to date:

However, in terms of showmanship, the 2021 Masters champion can’t hold a candle to his caddie.

Shota Hayafuji has bits and pieces of form on the China Tour, but since joining Matsuyama on a full-time basis at the Sony Open in 2019, he’s seen that arrangement celebrated at the 2022 running of the Waialae event and, of course, at Augusta.

After the one-shot victory, Shota went viral after bowing his head in respect, commenting that,” I bowed to the course mainly because I was thankful. I wasn’t thinking about doing it and it just happened — like an instinct.”

This time, though, he has stepped things up a level.

Yesterday, Golf Digest reposted a photo from Shoto’s Instagram in which he shows off the autograph of every one of the victorious U.S team members. Written on his body.

Nobody quite knows what is going on, or whether the winning side invited the International team to what looks like a raucous after- tournament celebration drink, but Shoto may well have to explain this as another ‘instinct’.

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