Report — LIV Golf nearing deal to buy air time to broadcast events on Fox Sports

The controversial LIV Golf Circuit has signed many big names and sparked widespread talk in recent months, but one thing it has yet to have is an agreement to televise its events.

According to a report on Tuesday evening, that could soon change.

Golfweek, citing multiple sources, reported that LIV Golf is close to a deal to buy airtime on Fox Sports, which will see its events aired on FS1. According to the report, the deal is still being finalized.

LIV Golf has been in its inaugural season for five events, with three more scheduled before the end of the year. It will be expanded to 14 tournaments in 2023. According to Golfweek, it wasn’t immediately clear if the agreement with Fox Sports, once finalized, would start this year or next.

To date, LIV’s 54-hole shotgun-start events have been streamed on YouTube as well as the tour’s website. Commissioner Greg Norman had said earlier this month that LIV was in talks with four potential media companies about a partnership, but did not elaborate.

The deal with Fox Sports, a source told Golfweek, would result in LIV buying airtime on the network rather than receiving a fee from Fox Sports – which is uncharacteristic in the sports rights world. LIV demanded a rights fee for the second year of a deal and a guaranteed broadcast time slot, but Fox Sports denied both, a source familiar with the details of the talks told Golfweek. According to the report, LIV would also be responsible for production and ad sales.

More than two dozen members of the PGA Tour have defected to LIV Golf in recent months, including former major champions Cameron Smith, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Bubba Watson. The breakaway tour drew widespread criticism for its financial backing from the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia. Report — LIV Golf nearing deal to buy air time to broadcast events on Fox Sports

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