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After Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy’s Distressing Fate, What Will Happen to TGL’s Million Dollar ESPN Deal?

Published 11/20/2023, 10:21 PM EST

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TGL, the brainchild of the legend of the game, Tiger Woods, with veteran Rory McIlroy, saw itself land in a dicey situation, not too long ago. The duo saw themselves being dealt a bad hand when they saw a star player withdrawing from the new league. However, what actually shook them up was what followed a while later, the unfortunate accident at the SoFi center.

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This roadblock has led to the new venture being delayed by a year, as per its latest announcement. However, curiosity naturally arises. What would happen to the multimillion-dollar deal that the tech-infused league had signed with the $24 billion giant, ESPN?

The after effect of the accident on the TGL-ESPN agreement


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An ill-fated future awaited the SoFi Centre situated in Pam Beach Gardens, Florida, as a temporary failure in the power systems that were used during construction led to the roof of the stadium to collapse. The incident led to TMRW Sports taking the drastic decision of delaying the event for by whole year.

A lot of deals were signed as the new league was planned to go on floors this coming January, including that with the sports broadcasting network. However, following the new decision, ESPN themselves expressed their desire to keep working with the legend’s creation.


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A tweet was uploaded by James Colgan, a golf writer and analyst regarding the same. It mentions how the company’s “commitment to the TGL isn’t going anywhere in wake of league’s 1-year delay.” Moreover, Rosalyn Durant, EVP of programming and acquisitions, issued a statement declaring their stance on the same, “We look forward to launching the inaugural season on ESPN.”

The new developments in the event that was set to kick off in 2024, initially, have been nothing short of a heartbreak for the fans who were hoping to catch a different version of golf on the sports channel.


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Woods’ new venture and its deal with ESPN

The tech-infused league had signed a multimillion-dollar media rights deal with the sports company in October. the multiyear deal saw the latter being given the rights to air the matches across ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN+. The tournament was set to be streamed on ESPN on 9th January, Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET.

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The agreement saw TGL being advised on it by CAA’s merchant bank, Evolution Media Capital. Moreover, the new event seems to be in good hands after witnessing the reaction by the media partner to the unexpected accident and the delay that came as a result of the same.

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Written by:

Allan Abe


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My search for happiness eventually led me, Allan Abe, to the hallways of ES after dabbling in different fields. Following my childhood passion for the sport and coupling it with my passion for writing, the role of a golf writer was the perfect career path and has been more than a fruitful one. Through the live coverage and in-depth analysis of the lives of big stars like Tiger Woods and Jon Rahm, I have put to use all my journalistic-accolade-winning experience, from state-wide events to college competitions, to give the reader a great story with every piece.
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