What’s Inside LIV Golf Rules, Regulations and Player Contracts Issued

Gambling is forbidden. No steroids. Drink only moderate alcohol at post-tournament parties.

The new LIV Golf may sound full of fun (and money), but Greg NormanThe front-facing tour also has a lot of rules and regulations.

The rules and regulations were among the unsealed documents released by a California federal court on Monday. On September 1, U.S. District Judge Beth Lapson Freeman partially approved the PGA Tour’s proposal to reveal certain parts of LIV Golf’s rules and regulations and its contracts with players. It ruled that LIV Golf could keep financial terms and other personal information confidential, but ordered plaintiffs to publicly submit redacted documents.

These are some of the headlines:

Golfers who play well can extend their contracts

Taylor GotschA major revision was made to the contract that was submitted to the court. Gooch was one of three LIV golfers who unsuccessfully attempted to obtain a temporary restraining order from Freeman to compete in the FedEx Cup Playoffs on the PGA Tour. Financial terms and other personal information are withheld in the publicly released version. Gooch signed a two-year contract with LIV Golf for the 2022 and 2023 seasons. A source told ESPN on Tuesday that the longest contract between a player and LIV Golf runs until the 2027 season.

The contract states that Gooch is an independent contractor “and nothing in this Agreement shall be construed or relied upon as evidence that the league operator or team operator, as the case may be, is an employer, joint employer, and/or a player’s joint employer.”

The contract states that Gooch is not subject to relegation until the end of the 2025 season, and that he can decide to extend the contract by finishing at a designated spot in the individual points standings. The specifics of where he had to end up in the arrangement were revised in the contract issued by the court.

Mention the anti-doping policy

According to the Rules and Regulations, players are prohibited from associating with or “dealing with persons whose activities have involved the trafficking or administration of substances or methods prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency, or any other form of doping”.

There are also references to the LIV Golf Performance Enhancement Drug Policy and the Substance Use Policy in all rules and regulations. The Rules provide for separate dispute resolution procedures for such violations. Players are prohibited from consuming alcohol and prohibited substances during activities on the course, and “moderate and responsible alcohol consumption” is permitted after competition and during social events.

A source at LIV Golf told ESPN Tuesday that the new league has not yet set a drug policy and does not test players for banned substances and recreational drugs. The source said the circuit hopes to have such a program by the 2023 season and fully intends to drug test its players.

The PGA Tour Players Handbook and Regulations state that “All contestants in PGA TOUR events are subject to the terms and conditions of the PGA TOUR Anti-Doping Program.”

LIV golfers can be fined up to $50,000

There is a strong disciplinary scheme for LIV golfers, in accordance with the rules and regulations. After the alleged infractions, which may include etiquette, gambling or drug use, have been investigated or convicted of a crime, the player will receive a provisional written notice that includes a description of the violation, supporting evidence and possible penalties. The player will have 10 days to provide a written explanation and mitigating factors.

LIV Golf will then issue a final written notice. A player can appeal a judgment with a simplified appeal process for minor violations and a standard appeal process for more serious cases. LIV Golf has the power to pause a player while they are resuming.

Penalties can include reprimand or reprimand, which will be published in the players newsletter, fines between $1,000 and $50,000, suspension from tournaments, two-year expulsion, and permanent expulsion without right of return.

The PGA Tour has three categories of penalties: a fine (a fine of less than $10,000), an intermediate (a fine of between $10.001 and a $20,000 fine and suspension of no more than three tournaments) and a fine (a fine of more than $20,000 and a suspension of more than three tournaments) tournaments and/or permanent disqualification from the tour).

LIV Golf owns the media rights to the players on the field

The Rules and Regulations state that “television, radio, film, internet, statistical data and information, and other associated rights, as well as all other media rights, of all players participating in events forming part of the series or any other golf event operated in conjunction with, or under the auspices of, LIV Golf, in connection with all content created, captured, recorded or otherwise created during or in conjunction with any such events, granted herein and intended for LIV Golf.”

While players’ media rights surrounding tournaments are “expressly owned and reserved by LIV Golf,” the regulations do not “in any way limit the player’s right to sell, transfer, retain or exploit his individual media rights and accordingly the value of his name, likeness and likeness.” “.

Gooch’s contract states that he “also agrees that the league operator has the exclusive, unrestricted, perpetual right (including after termination of this Agreement)” to use his name, likeness, and likeness.

A source at LIV Golf said that anything a player does in or around the tournament belongs to the ring forever. Once a player leaves an event or plays in another event in a different round, there are no restrictions from LIV Golf. He controls and owns his media rights in everything he does.

Six times main champion Phil Mickelsonwho was among the first players to defect to LIV Golf, said the PGA Tour’s “hateful greed” in relation to players’ media rights was one of the reasons he was looking to play elsewhere.

It’s not public knowledge, it’s all happening,” Mickelson told Golf Digest in February. “But players cannot access their own media. If the tour wants to end any threat [from Saudi or anywhere else], they can only hand over media rights to players. But they’d rather put up $25 million here and $40 million there than return the nearly $20 billion in digital assets they control. Or give up access to the $50 million they earn each year on their own media channels.

“There are many issues, but this is one of the biggest,” he continued. “For me personally, it’s not enough that they sit on hundreds of millions of digital moments. They also have access to my snaps, and access I don’t have. They also charge companies to use my shots. And when I did ‘The Match’—there was Five of them – the tour forced me to pay a million dollars each time. For my media rights. That kind of greed, to me, is beyond obnoxious.” While LIV players have more freedom to compete in other arenas, LIV Golf still controls the shots that Mickelson has indicated in his tournaments.

Injured players are still getting paid

If a player withdraws from a LIV Golf tournament after hitting at least one shot, he will receive 50% of the prize money awarded to the last place holder ($60,000) but will not receive individual points. If the player withdraws after the first round, he will receive the full amount of the last place holder ($60,000) but without points. The player team will continue to compete as a team of three players.

Unqualified players can still participate in team competitions

A player who has been disqualified from a solo competition, for example, for using an illegal club, having too many clubs in his bag or signing an incorrect scorecard, “may continue to compete in the team competition for any rounds after the round in which the player is in Disqualification has occurred. Player points for the round in which disqualification occurred cannot be counted towards the team score.

There is no gambling at LIV Golf Course

LIV Golf rules and regulations strictly prohibit gambling and fully comply with the Code of Conduct and anti-corruption provisions. The rules state that each participating player agrees to “not gamble (directly or indirectly) in connection with any tournament, event, golf match or other competition and shall not unlawfully manipulate or influence any results or statistics.”

Players are also prohibited from providing “any information that is not public to anyone for the purposes of gambling or betting.” Players caught doing so will face immediate discipline, including permanent expulsion from LIV Golf events.

The rules and regulations state that “a player shall have no financial interest, directly or indirectly, in the performance or earnings of another player in any tournament approved or sanctioned by LIV Golf and/or the Asian Tour or any other organization The body, whether by splitting the wallet, “securing” prize money, financial assistance, bets or otherwise Players have to “do their best in competition” and cannot “bribe, gift, pay, reward or offer anything Of value to any player with intent to influence his efforts in a golf tournament or the like. Event.”

Under the rules, LIV players are required to inform Norman of “any known or suspected bribe, gift, payment, reward or other offer in exchange for anything of value, or any agreement, acceptance or wager.”

Retired LIV golfers still have to work

According to Gooch’s contract, if a LIV golfer retires before his contract expires, he must “continue to comply with any reasonable requests for non-playing from the league or team operator in connection with the league or team, as applicable, including duties relating to the captain’s team, promotion of the league, and to fulfill media obligations and attend events (including in relation to wearing and displaying team clothing).

LIV Golf wants to develop the game

The final clause in the Rules and Regulations, Rule 9.14, states: “All players are permitted to participate in as many world and diverse golf events as possible, so long as such participation does not conflict with the players’ obligations LIV Golf.” As on the PGA Tour, LIV golfers are not allowed to play in other tournaments if they conflict with the events of LIV Golf. They don’t have to get conflicting event versions from Norman, like PGA Tour players who play in tournaments other than the PGA Tour.

The rules and regulations state that “The Association views the participation of players in other events as a major benefit of promoting the game of golf throughout the world.”

Other events include the Masters, US Open, Open Championship, PGA Championship, Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, DP World Tour events, and PGA Tour events.

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