PGA TOUR could face legal challenges to stop LIV participants, say prosecutors
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Now that the PGA TOUR has officially banned seventeen players for agreeing to participate in the LIV Golf event, TOUR could face a “serious” case against the trust, according to some lawyers who work for non-competitive legal.
“The PGA TOUR is proving itself in a very serious case of incest and non-disclosure, except to say, ‘We do not love competition,'” said John Lauro. a lawyer in New York- and Florida.
“And the courts will be very concerned about why the PGA TOUR is doing this,” Lauro continued. “These cases are now being handled very carefully by unscrupulous courts. The courts appear to be very suspicious of any form of bans, and this would be part of what the PGA TOUR is doing.”
And if you look at the memo provided to PGA TOUR members, they feel intimidated by the competition LIV Golf offers.
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In it, PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan rebukes LIV participants “for leaving PGA TOUR.” He then simply looks around and picks them up for not writing the appropriate documents: “As you know, the (LIV) players…
He also seems to be judging these players for wanting to play with money.
“These players have made a decision for their financial reasons,” Monahan tsk-tsks.
It seems Monahan thinks PGA TOUR is a charitable organization. But it is not. It is a well-paid business that, to date, has never competed with golfers or audiences. Saudis and LIV Golf have changed both.
According to Lauro and fellow lawyer Jonathan Pollard, the PGA TOUR will face charges of suspending the players and having a difficult time convincing the court that they must do so to protect the interests of the owners.
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In order to establish a non-competitive partnership, Pollard argues that PGA TOUR should demonstrate that participation in LIV Golf matches could jeopardize “trade secrets or confidentiality, secure customer relationships or invest excessively in the employee’s education or training.”
“These are the three main issues that are often the norm in businesses where the court can establish a non-competitive agreement,” Pollard said. “And, if you look at this with the PGA TOUR, there are no preferences that exist even from a distance.”
Not to mention, the suspension of players will not make much of a profit.
“(PGA TOUR) should stop criticizing this,” Pollard predicts, “because no one would want to watch PGA TOUR if the top players are not playing. Then it will come to an end. .
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“The PGA TOUR will not stop and reinstate the permanent or long-term suspension of Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia. They have banned the suspension. It could damage their brand. It could damage their business.”
As a result, according to the lawyers of John Lauro and Jonathan Pollard, the PGA TOUR memo that suspended players is a dubious way to be protected in TOUR’s pro golf monopoly. We’ll see if any of the suspended golfers can answer for the crime.