The reported LIV Golf broadcast deal with Fox Sports may not happen after all

It appears that LIV Golf’s broadcast deal with Fox Sports 1 is not as close as initially thought.

a Report from Golfweek He said this week that LIV Golf is close to concluding an agreement with Fox Sports 1 for the first television deal for the Saudi Arabia-backed league in the United States.

After companies like NBC, CBS, Disney, Apple and Amazon They all rejected the controversial leagueThis step will be important.

However, late on Wednesday afternoon, opposition to the Golfweek report began to emerge.

Jonathan Grilla, head of communications at LIV Golf, said in a statement provided to Yahoo Sports: “Recent reporting on media rights has been incomplete and inaccurate. LIV Golf has exceeded expectations and remains well ahead of the schedule across many fronts, including broadcasting rights. As mentioned earlier, LIV Golf has just started its operation and is in active discussions with several companies about broadcasting the LIV Golf League. We caution that no one should draw any conclusions about potential media rights as we are still in the middle of negotiations with several outlets.”

An additional source familiar with the negotiations told Yahoo Sports Jay Busbee that there have been no discussions between Fox Sports and LIV Golf for several weeks.

It is unclear if this deal is still in the works.

According to a Golfweek report, there has been a change in the deal. Instead of Fox paying for media rights, LIV Golf will pay Fox for airtime.

Oddly enough, Fox was initially among the broadcasters that would not work with LIV Golf. That changed when Lachlan Murdoch, Fox Corp’s CEO and CEO, reportedly forced the company to participate in LIV Golf, according to Golfweek.

“There were people at Fox who didn’t want anything to do with this,” a source told Golfweek. “They were forced to do it.”

LIV Golf will also produce the tournament broadcasts and will be responsible for selling the commercial sponsorship under the reported deal. Fox reportedly denied LIV Golf’s request for a media rights fee if Fox won the league for a second year, but the company will reassess the network’s status at a later date. It is unknown if the partnership will start next year or will include any of the three remaining LIV Golf tournaments in Thailand, Saudi Arabia or at Trump Doral in Miami.

This deal is far from ‘Enormous’ interest in LIV Golf . media rights which CEO Greg Norman described two weeks ago. Will Steiger, Chief Media Officer at LIV The Wall Street Journal Earlier this month, the league said it was “optimistic about our prospects given our player range and product quality.”

LIV Golf is currently broadcast online on Facebook, YouTube and DAZN, but this will be the league’s first foray into broadcast TV.

Again, however, it is unclear whether such a deal will ever be completed.

Norman spent some time last week on Capitol Hill to lobby members of Congress on behalf of LIV Golf in the league’s battle against the PGA Tour. Ministry of Justice is Currently checking into PGA for potential antitrust violations. However, Norman’s initial interactions with conservative lawmakers did not go well after Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Ten). Norman’s lobbying effort has been described as “propaganda.”. “

The controversy over LIV Golf has spread since the league’s start in 2021 and its inaugural season in 2022. LIV Golf is funded by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, sparking outrage from human rights organizations around the world due to the countless allegations against the country. The league has also been accused “Sportswear– mitigating the atrocities committed by their financial backers with exciting sporting events – by attracting some of the biggest golf stars in the world.

LIV Golf heads to Fox

LIV Golf has retracted reports that it was close to striking a deal to pay Fox Sports for a US broadcast deal. (Brian Spurlock/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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