Apple, Amazon pass on media rights to Saudi-backed LIV Golf – WSJ

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Sep 15 (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) and Apple Inc (AAPL.O) have both signed away media rights to the LIV golf tournament, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. . .

Critics said LIV Golf, backed by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, amounts to “sportswashing” by a nation trying to improve its reputation in the face of criticism over its human rights record.

Apple and Amazon’s lack of interest in the circuit adds to a growing list of networks LIV has been unable to strike a deal with, including Walt Disney Co’s ESPN (DIS.N) and Comcast Corp’s NBC , the report added. (https://on.wsj.com/3S1T8R4)

Amazon, Apple and LIV did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.

The PGA Tour, the organizer of the major professional golf tours played by men in North America, has suspended members who have competed on the rival LIV Tour. Earlier this month, the PGA Tour informed these players that they would not be eligible to renew their membership for the 2022-23 season. Read more

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Reporting by Akash Sriram in Bangalore; Editing by Devika Syamnath

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