On a day when many of the best golfers in the world were in Charlotte, North Carolina, selecting matchups and preparing for the 14th Presidents Cup, Greg Norman, CEO of LIV Golf in Washington, DC, was lobbying on behalf of his by Saudi Arabia backed breakaway golf league.
“LIV Golf is coming to the Hill this week to meet with lawmakers from both sides,” confirmed LIV Golf Golf week. “Given the PGA Tour’s efforts to stifle our progress in reimagining 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 Justice Department is investigating whether the PGA Tour has engaged in anti-competitive conduct against LIV Golf.
Both sides are actively lobbying lawmakers, and on Wednesday Norman was in the nation’s capital to meet with the Republican Study Committee, which is considered the largest conservative caucus in the House.
Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas), a member of the Republican Study Committee, has called on the Justice Department to investigate whether LIV Golf violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act by failing to register its ties to the Saudi Arabian government, according to a report by thehill.com.
Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) called Norman’s appearance “propaganda” before leaving the meeting.
LIV Golf, backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, has been criticized as a way for the Kingdom to “sport” its human rights record. Saudi Arabia has been accused of large-scale human rights violations, including politically motivated killings, torture, enforced disappearances and inhumane treatment of detainees. And members of the royal family and the Saudi government were charged with involvement in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist.
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