It’s Always About The $$$$$$
Everywhere you turn we are reminded of a quote by the late New York Giants General Manager George Young. “When they say it’s not about the money that means it’s all about the money.”
In a world ruled by greed this has never been truer and certainly not just when it comes to sports. Businesses and yes even government are more often than not all about the money and if it means sacrificing morals and standards to achieve lofty goals so be it.
A case in point is the surprise merger between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf announced earlier this week. For those that have not followed the Professional Golf Association is the established organization of pro golf and for decades operated exclusively…that was before LIV came along. Backed by millions of dollars from the Saudi’s it lured some of the sport’s biggest names including Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka. It also sparked a divide among players with Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy the main spokesman for the PGA and denouncing all the money coming from a questionable source and one with alleged ties to human rights issues as well as the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
In a stunning reversal PGA Commissioner Jay Monahan basically sold out his players and announced the merger which is….you guessed it, all about the money. The tours will be funded by the Public Investment Fund, which is headed by a controversial Saudi crown prince and said to have some $700 billion in assets. By the way many American companies are involved in that fund as well.
Let me add this. The merger is something that would have happened sooner or later and had to happen, plus it is good for the game of golf. However Monahan and the PGA Tour look bad as they turned their back on their own players and came off as nothing more than a group of hypocrites.
Remember, “It’s all about the money.”