Tiger Woods’ and Rory McIlroy’s indoor golf team, TGL has delayed its first season for a year, until 2025.
The roof of the new stadium, which was to host TGL games , collapsed last Wednesday. The league claimed that the power system installed during the construction of the SoFi Center, in Palm Beach Gardens Florida, failed and caused a dome to deflate.
TGL stated that the accident did not result in injuries or damage to the golf simulators or other technology of TGL. TGL decided to delay the start of the season which was originally scheduled to begin in January after talking to its key partners.
The league stated in a press release that the decision was made after evaluating short-term options, possible construction timelines and player schedules as well as the primetime sports TV calendar. “We’re confident that this extension will improve our service.”
TGL was founded by McIlroy and Woods, along with former NBC executive Mike McCarthy. The trio is looking to create a primetime golf league in order to bring new fans into the sport. This comes after the emergence of Saudi-backed LIV Golf and its proposed merger with PGA Tour.
Woods was confident about the future of the league despite its delayed launch.
CNBC: More From CNBC
Woods stated in a Monday statement that “although the events of last weekend will force us make adjustments to our schedule, I am fully confident that our great players will bring this concept to life.”
TGL’s lineup includes some of the top golfers from around the globe. The new timeline is not clear as to how it could impact player participation.
It has also drawn a number high-profile investors and team owners, including hedge funder Steve Cohen and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank. Fenway Sports Group and tech founder Alexis Ohanian are among the other investors. Stephen Curry, Lewis Hamilton and Alex Morgan of women’s soccer, Justin Timberlake, and Tony Romo, Josh Allen and Tony Romo, all pro footballers, have invested in the league.
TGL has signed a multiyear media rights agreement with ESPN to broadcast their events.
ESPN has said that it supports the decision of the postponement of the 2024 season.
We have always believed in their vision and we still do. Rosalyn Durant said that the extra time for planning, testing and rehearsals will make it even better.