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Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy’s TGL golf league postponed until 2025 after severe damage to purpose-built SoFi Center

TGL have confirmed that the new high-tech golf league will be postponed until early 2025.

The news comes as a major blow to backers Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, who have gathered some of the top players in the sport for their new venture.

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy & Mike McCarley Form TMRW Sports. Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and veteran sports industry executive Mike McCarley today announced the formation of TMRW Sports, a company focused on building technology-focused ventures that feature progressive approaches to sports, media, and entertainment (pronounced \034tomorrow sports\035). The joint announcement was made today by McCarley, founder and CEO of TMRW Sports, along with co-founders Woods and McIlroy. Woods said: \034I am excited to work with TMRW Sports in bringing people more access to sports. So many athletes, entertainers, and people I meet from all walks of life share our passion for sports, but they also share our desire to build a better future for the next generation of sports fans. Together, we can harness technology to bring fresh approaches to the sports we love.\035 McIlroy said: \034For the last few years off the course, I\031ve been focused on helping to lead golf into its digital future. Now, by joining forces with Tiger, Mike, and other TMRW Sports partners, we can shape the way that media and technology improve the sports experience. In a world where technology provides us with so many choices for using our time, we want to make sports more accessible for as many people as possible.\035 McCarley said: \034Both Tiger and Rory\031s competitive spirit extends beyond the golf course, and both have proven track records in supporting ventures that are modernizing the way sports are played, enjoyed, and consumed. As we begin this journey together with the strong support of a diverse team of investors and partners, we\031re focused on accelerating the evolution of sports with several interesting projects in development.\035 In addition to investments from Woods, McIlroy, and McCarley, Dick Ebersol is an initial investor of TMRW Sports. Ebersol, a sports and entertainment industry icon, is the former chairman of NBC Sports and executive producer of many of the most-watched events in television history, including the Olympics and Super Bowls. In addition, he was the creator and executive producer of NBC\031s Sunday Night Football, the longest-running No. 1 primetime program in American television history, as well as creator and producer of game-changing entertainment programs, including Saturday Night Live, which he co-created with Lorne Michaels. Ebersol said: \034Mike and I worked closely together for years; he was one of my most-trusted advisors and confidants, especially in regard to our biggest priorities with the NFL and Olympics. Since I retired, I\031ve refused any real work besides giving advice for plenty of friends, but this is the right idea at the right time with one of the few people I would do this with. Mike and I have remained close and knowing him, his impeccable track record in business and, most importantly, witnessing firsthand the way he approaches relationships \024 I would bet on anything he creates. So, when he told me about his vision for what he was building with Tiger and Rory, I couldn\031t wait to find a way to get involved.\035 Additional partners and investors, as well as early projects in the TMRW Sports pipeline, will be announced soon. For Woods, TMRW Sports joins his TGR Ventures portfolio, which includes PopStroke, Full Swing Golf, TGR Design, The Woods Jupiter and Heard. TGR unites Tiger\031s entrepreneurial and philanthropic endeavors off the course under a single parent brand driven by a mindset, method, and pursuit of mastery. For McIlroy, TMRW Sports joins his Symphony Ventures portfolio, an investment partnership established by McIlroy and his team, that includes Puttery, GolfPass, GolfNow Compete, Golf Genius, Golf+, Troon Golf, Hyperice and Whoop. As an NBC Sports executive for more than 20 years, McCarley was part of a core team that shaped many of the biggest events in sports. Previously, McCarley served as NBC Sports\031 president, golf, and global strategy from 2011-2021 and led NBC\031s golf portfolio, including golf coverage across NBC Sports and Golf Channel, as well as its digital platforms to modernize the golf experience, including GolfNow and GolfPass. As president of Golf Channel, he quickly transformed the network, including several years as the fastest-growing network on American television. In this role he developed close relationships with Woods and McIlroy and their respective teams. Prior to leading NBC Sports\031 golf businesses, McCarley was senior vice president at NBC Sports, primarily focused on marketing the company\031s biggest events, including Sunday Night Football and the Olympics. McCarley, a three-time Emmy Award winner and inductee into the Sports Business Journal\031s 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame, also serves on the board of directors of the Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation and National Golf Foundation. 23 Aug 2022 Pictured: Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Founder, CEO Mike McCarley. Photo credit: TMRW Sports Group/MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342
Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy & Mike McCarley Form TMRW Sports

The SoFi Arena was battered by a storm in the Florida area

The purpose-built Sofi Arena sustained severe damage as the white roof had fallen through after a storm that ravaged the Florida area.

The incident happened on Wednesday as shocking footage of the league’s home emerged on social media.

SoFi Centre is a 250,000-square-foot venue that was to accommodate approximately 1,600 people on match nights.

But now that will not happen until 2025 as it will not be possible to repair the venue in time.

Power failure was the apparent reason for the roof collapse on the arena as it deflated the dome.

TGL will not be able to start any later than the January date that was originally slated for the 2024 calendar, due to its broadcast deal with ESPN, and a stacked sporting calendar.

It was slated to fill in for Monday Night Football NFL on ESPN once the football season had concluded.

The league was set to feature team competitions in an indoor setting, with a simulator used for long shots and a manipulable green for short game shots.

TGL brass confirmed that the league launch will now be postponed until early 2025.

A statement read: “A failure of the temporary power system and backup systems used during construction caused the dome to deflate, which caused damage to the air-supported dome section of the site.

“Following discussions with key partners, incuding players, our six team ownership groups, PGA Tour leadership and our commercial partners … the decision has been made to postpone the start of the TGL season until early 2025.”

The league was founded by McIlroy, Tiger Woods and executive Mike McCarley.

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