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World Golf Rankings sued for collusion with the PGA Tour

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Attorney Larry Kleiman announced the filing of a second, amended court complaint in the 15th Judicial District of Palm Beach County on Monday that alleges an antitrust conspiracy to restrict commerce and harm golf enthusiasts in the state of Florida, as well as to “nip LIV Golf in the bud.”

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Named on the court are the PGA Tour, the DP World Tour Golf Channel, and the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR).

OWGR is alleged to be part of a conspiracy to restrict trade in violation of Florida antitrust laws because its board of directors contains “conflicting leadership of the PGA Tour and DP World Tour.” PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan and DP World Tour CEO Keith Bailey sit on the OWGR Board of Directors.

The Allegations brought to court that consumers “have seen the quality of the product they pay for at PGA Tour events diluted and destroyed by the declining level of talent at PGA Tour events due to the exclusion of many of the world’s top players signed to LIV Golf.”

The court filing also alleges that tickets to the Players’ Championship in 2023 are 34 percent higher than they were in 2022, “and some packages for the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Florida are at least 10 percent higher in 2023 than in 2022,” and later notes the increases. It is “extremely competitive pricing”.

The complaint also alleges monopoly, attempted monopoly, collective boycotts and other unfair business practices. The OWGR label’s first amended class action complaint was filed on November 4. The second amended complaint was submitted electronically on November 11. Golf week The 15th Judicial Circuit confirmed that the second complaint was still pending at the time of publication of this post. Offices were closed November 9 and 10 due to Hurricane Nicole and also November 11 for Veterans Day.

The amended second action “seeks for actual and compensatory damages, in an amount to be determined by a jury.”

“Consumers, Florida golf fans, myself included, have the same right as everyone else to benefit from the free market, which would allow all golf leagues and independent contractor players to compete fairly,” Kleiman said through a statement. “But the Defendants worked so hard unlawfully to prevent it that the PGA Tour and its co-conspirator Defendants will not tolerate fair and just competition, as it would challenge their trillion-plus dollar monopoly to completely control the world of golf.”

While representing LIV Golf’s Patrick Reed, Kleiman reinstated a $750 million defamation lawsuit In late September to add Golf Channel’s Damon Hack, Shane Bacon, as well Golf week Columnist Eamonn Lynch and her parent company, Janet. earlier this month, Kleiman filed a new $250 million lawsuit against a number of other prominent golf media members and organizations, including author Shane Ryan, Hachette, the New York Post and Fox Sports, as well as Associated Press golf writer Doug Ferguson and the organization he works for.

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