Apple TV rejects broadcast rights to LIV Golf because Saudi-backed breakaway group is ‘too toxic’

LIV GOLF has the stars and the money, but no US channel.

This lack of broadcast partners is expected to continue as Apple TV reportedly doesn’t want to play a role in LIV Golf.

LIV Golf lured away many of the game's top talent such as Dustin Johnson

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LIV Golf lured away many of the game’s top talent such as Dustin JohnsonCredit: EPA

zThis message comes via a tweet from Dan Rapaport who said: “A well-placed source says the Apple TV turned down the opportunity to broadcast LIV Golf because it was ‘too toxic’.

“Not clear yet where LIV 2023 will be broadcast.”

Where could LIV Golf go next? Well, your options seem to be few and far between.

rapport Tweeted: “FOX makes sense here — CBS, NBC, and ESPN are all affiliated with the PGA Tour — but FOX quickly walked out of the golf business when they got the chance.

Maybe LIV is buying time on a network. Or they continue with the free DTC on their website/YouTube. It’s all US, by the way.”

LIV Golf has had divided opinions since its inception, thanks in no small part to its Saudi backing.

A nation said to be riddled with human rights abuses has previously proved controversial with its presence in professional sport, such as buying Newcastle United.

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LIV Golf has also sparked debates among players about loyalty, with Billy Horschel commenting just last week “I don’t think these guys should really be here” in reference to a number of LIV players playing in the BMW PGA Championship should .

And now, in 2023, “these guys” are set to compete for even bigger sums.

According to ESPN, the prize pool is set to increase to $405 million spread across fourteen events, as opposed to the $255 million across eight this year.

But with such amazing personalities and names like Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood to join its ranks, LIV Golf seems to be having trouble finding a broadcaster willing to work with them in the US.

https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6219040/apple-tv-saudi-backed-liv-golf-breakaway-too-toxic/ Apple TV rejects broadcast rights to LIV Golf because Saudi-backed breakaway group is ‘too toxic’

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