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Phil Mickelson: Signing Jon Rahm ‘a bridge’ between PGA-LIV

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Phil Mickelson sees a positive future between players from the PGA Tour and members of LIV Golf in the wake of Rory McIlroy’s move this week to cool already declining tensions between the parties.

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Discussion Questions:

  1. What is LIV Golf?
  2. What is “sportswashing”?
  3. Do you think LIV Golf represents an example of sportswashing? Why or why not?
  4. What is competition?
  5. How would you describe the competition between LIV Golf and the PGA Tour?
  6. Why do you think there has been so much animosity and controversy between the two?
  7. Why do you think LIV Golf is paying former PGA players millions to join LIV Golf?
  8. Rory McIlroy has been outspoken about LIV Golf. What happened this week that may help to relieve some of the tension between the two golf organizations?
  9. Why do you think Rory decided to speak out?
  10. What is leadership?
  11. Why is leadership important to the PGA Tour and to LIV Golf?
  12. What is a monopoly?
  13. If LIV Golf and PGA Tour were to merge, do you think that would represent a monopoly? Why or why not?
  14. Are monopolies illegal?
  15. If there were concerns of a monopoly, what government agency would get involved?
  16. Why might that matter and how could that impact fans of the sport?
  17. In your opinion, should LIV Golf merge with the PGA Tour? Why or why not?
Chris Lindauer
After working for nearly a decade in professional sports, Chris Lindauer, formed Sports Career Consulting to provide unique sports business education opportunities in and out of the classroom. In the eighteen years (and counting) that followed, Chris has inspired thousands of students to pursue their passions and explore the career of their dreams. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, two teenage daughters and their dog.

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