The NBA of golf is coming! The PGA Tour agreed to merge with the Saudi-backed LIV.

The American golf market has undergone amazing changes.

On Tuesday, June 6th, PGA, the PGA Tour of the United States, and LIV Golf, the upstart golf supported by Saudi Arabia, agreed to merge. This amazing move put an end to the differences and debates about who has dominated American golf since last year.

The two parties indicated that the agreement merged LIV-related businesses supported by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund with the businesses and management rights of PGA and Dubai World Tour, a third-party entity, into a new, collectively owned for-profit entity.

The two sides also said that the merger will end the litigation between the two sides. Since the launch of LIV, the two sides have always had differences in law and public opinion.

The unnamed new business entity will be headed by Yasir Al-Rumayyan, President of Saudi Public Investment Fund, and Jay Monahan, President of PGA, will be the CEO. PGA will appoint a majority of the members of the board of directors and hold a majority of voting rights in the combined business.

The 2023 LIV Golf Tournament will be held as planned. A PGA memo said that after the end of this season, the two sides will "cooperate to establish a fair and objective procedure for any player who wants to reapply for PGA membership".

The memo reads:

Today is an important day for our organization and the whole golf game. When we make the final agreement, there are still many details to be solved, which will eventually need the approval of PGA’s policy Committee.

Golf is usually regarded as a peaceful sport, but the entry of LIV has caused quite a stir in this sports market, and also brought great changes to the operation mode of this sport, because LIV Golf has signed high-value, long-term and guaranteed contracts with players, similar to those obtained by NFL or NBA players.

In contrast, PGA is more like a performance-based league, where players earn money according to their performance in the game and the sponsorship and endorsement fees they can get.

LIV has also signed contracts with some top players in PGA, and the amount is staggering. For example, phil mikkelsen’s $138 million, dustin johnson’s $97 million and Brian Deschamps’ $86 million. However, there are still some famous adherents who continue to support the PGA Tour, including Tiger Woods, rory mcilroy and jordan spieth.

According to reports, Woods and McRoy got a contract of hundreds of millions of dollars from LIV Golf, but they were eventually rejected. Both of them continue to support the PGA Tour, saying that LIV’s contract will undermine competitiveness and reduce players’ motivation to improve their skills.

PGA also tried its best to shut out the players who signed up for LIV Golf, so that they could not participate in the competitions organized by PGA. Therefore, this makes some major events that are not hosted by PGA more attractive, because it is the only place where golfers from two leagues can face each other.

There have been competitive sports leagues in the United States before, such as NBA versus ABL or AFL versus NFL. At some point, the final combination of the opposing sides will bring better games and more income for athletes. However, the market once thought that it would be very difficult to merge LIV and PGA, because LIV is backed by Saudi Arabia with deep pockets, which means that the merger between the two parties may take longer.

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How to exercise? What sport? How long do you exercise? To prevent cardiovascular disease? Prevent sudden death?

Many people ask Dr. Wang, who advises us to exercise every day, so how to exercise, what exercise, how long to exercise and what matters to pay attention to are good for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases.

In fact, the reason is very simple. Life lies in exercise. Think about the blood flowing in blood vessels. Is it that we sit still and the blood flows fast or that the blood flows fast after exercise? Is it easier to block blood vessels with fast blood flow or slow blood flow? Of course, this is just our thinking, and many problems still depend on objective investigation evidence.

First, a research report was published in the Journal of American Heart Association, and 149,000 people were followed up for nearly 10 years. It was concluded that people who sit for more than 8 hours a day have a 52% increase in death risk compared with those who sit for less than 4 hours, and sedentary people have an 80% increase in all-cause death risk compared with those who exercise! Sedentary people have a 107% higher risk of cardiovascular death than those who exercise! First of all, it is affirmed that no exercise significantly increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Second, on January 8, 2018, a study published in Circulation magazine showed that exercise can reverse the harm caused by sedentary heart aging and prevent the occurrence of heart disease. No exercise will cause the heart muscles to become stiff. Be careful that the muscles become stiff, your blood pressure will rise, and the ventricle will not be able to pump blood effectively. The worst case is heart failure.

Third, the United Kingdom conducted a study of 80,000 people, and observed it for 10 years, mainly to explore the relationship between different kinds of physical exercise and all-cause mortality. The research results show that swing sports, including team sports such as tennis and badminton, can reduce the level of all-cause mortality the strongest, which can be reduced by 47%. Swimming can reduce the death rate by 41%. Aerobic exercise, more refers to aerobic gymnastics, which can reduce the mortality rate by 36%. Compared with people who don’t exercise at all, running can only reduce all-cause mortality’s contribution by 13%. However, cycling performed even lower in this respect, only dropping by 10%. (Running and cycling also belong to aerobic exercise) The above research is to reduce all-cause deaths, that is, deaths caused by various reasons, and the mortality rate can be reduced through the above exercises; For reducing the risk of death from cardiovascular diseases, the top three are these three kinds of exercises.

These three studies tell us that the benefits of exercise on cardiovascular diseases, in fact, we have always encouraged aerobic exercise, that is, moderate-intensity sustained exercise, such as swimming, cycling, aerobics, running, playing badminton, etc. These exercises can be adhered to according to their own abilities and needs. 3-5 times a week, each time is not less than 30 minutes, and the heart rate is controlled at 170- one’s age. This heart rate is a relatively simple calculation method, which can be used as a reference. When we exercise, the heart rate is controlled at 170 times MINUS one’s age, so it is not appropriate to be too fast. Generally speaking, our maximum limit is 220 MINUS our age, which is the upper limit of our strenuous exercise, and it is generally not appropriate to exceed this heart rate. However, for the sake of cardiovascular health, moderate-intensity and persistent aerobic exercise is recommended, and strenuous exercise is not recommended.

Research shows that, in terms of the length of time, the best duration of each exercise should be between 45 and 60 minutes, less than 45 minutes, the effect is weakened, more than 60 minutes, there is no higher income, and many will have negative effects, 3-5 days a week, the effect is better.

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