DOJ Investigating PGA For Treatment Of Players Who Join New League

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has initiated an investigation into the PGA Tour over allegations of anticompetitive practices following the exodus of top golfers to the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour. Notable players, including Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, and Dustin Johnson, left the PGA Tour for more lucrative opportunities, leading to disputes and fines from the PGA. The investigation centers on the PGA’s treatment of these players and its potential violation of labor market rules. Legal experts suggest that the PGA would need to prove a compelling business interest to restrict players, or else such restrictions could violate antitrust laws.

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