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  1. Indeed they might. And my argument is that it is not smart, and it might not hold up in court should it be challenged. Most top PGA Tour members play at least some worldwide during the fall or winter seasons, whether that be in Asia, Austrailia, or the Middle East. And get paid handsome appearance fees to do it. All 4 major championships are not PGA Tour sanctioned events. Unless the PGA Tour wants to completely bar member players from playing in any non-sanctioned events so every member is treated the same, they're gonna have a hard time justifying it.
  2. Having rules and regulations for an independent contractor is quite common. If you want to hire an independent contractor to do work on your roof, but them showing you proof of insurance before you hire them is mandatory by you, that doesn't make the roofer any less of an independent contractor. "Contract" is in the term independent contractor. You're entering a contract to perform services for another entity, and have to abide by their rules in order to receive the compensation stated. But you can choose not to abide by the rules, which means your employement as an
  3. The PGA Tour, IMO, would be foolish to stop anyone from playing on the PGA Tour if they played in other worldwide tours. You then start to blurr the lines between PGA Tour players being independent contractors and actual employees. What happens if the PGL is only an 8-event schedule to start? You're gonna tell some of the best golfers in the world that they can't play in your sanctioned events for the other 8 months of the year simply out of spite? It'd be silly. The Tour has specific membership requirements based on performance, and PGA Tour events are open to non
  4. Tour players are independent contractors. They aren't forced to play whenever they dont want to. The requirements to play in a PGA Tour event or be a PGA Tour member doesnt change that. Neither does contractual obligations signed by the player to any sponsors or equipment manufacturers....that's all done on a player-by-player basis. The potential challenge in court will be if the PGA Tour tries to suspend or revoke membership if they play in this new league...because Tour members play in non-sanctioned PGA Tour events all the time. It would be a classic discrimination case if i
  5. I understand this type of response by Monahan, but I agree that it is kind of a petty response. If you qualify for the PGA Tour, you're on the Tour. Guys who are members of the Tour play in other events all the time that are not sanctioned by the PGA Tour. Heck, the Saudi Invitiational won by DJ in February was one of the strongest fields in golf so far this calendar year, and contained a number of PGA Tour players....was there threats made then? Of course not. THE MASTERS is not a sanctioned PGA Tour event for crying out loud - heck, it wasn't that long ago where the PGA Tour put on an o
  6. If there is some sort of guaranteed compensation on Tour, it will have to come from the tournaments themselves. I don't think the Tour office will want to get involved in anything like that. This is where getting appearance fees allowed on Tour comes into play. Guaranteed compensation on tour is going to lead to the condensation of the schedule and some tournaments being eliminated, so let the sponsors have at it and see which ones are left standing.
  7. The fact that we know of no schedule, tournaments, etc. doesn't mean the players that have been approached haven't been briefed on it. You don't just throw this amount of money around and not expect there to be at least some form of organization behind it. But it all starts with getting players to agree to it....once the players agree, it will have a domino effect - you'll have everything else fall into place. The hard part is getting the first person to say 'yes'. The PGA Tour commish meeeting players at a tournament to specifcally talk about this means that its more than just
  8. You just repeated pretty much everything I said. I'm not talking about anything endorsement related or related to tournament week expenses like hotel, car, etc. Everyone knows and understands that endorsment and sponsor deals entail playing in their events. Im talking about a true payout to guys for being in the tournament. Non-endorsement related. Players actually being able to negotiate for themselves a fee to appear. It can be done, and done easily. And its guaranteed money, regardless of performance. Every player can have the ability to do it. Even if its just 5-10K for
  9. My point is that athletes do things for money. That's the #1 driving goal. Sure, things like championships and trophies matter, but they matter largely because it makes them more money....whether that be through playing contracts, bigger endorsements, etc. Other auxillary things like city, lifestyle, etc may matter a little, but in the end its the dollars. We're going through something like this here in Wisconsin, with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. He's pissed because he feels he's not making enough money. Period. Has nothing - zero - to do with the team. He's an MVP, he f
  10. I'm not talking about things sponsors might give to players, like the courtesy car, paying them to do some sort of pro-am or meet-and-greet, or a free room at the hotel....I'm talking about a true payout to actually play in an event that sponsors don't have to hide behind or classify as some sort of player expense. It would probably help garner sponsorship dollars if the tour actually let sponsors try and buy players to be in their event.
  11. Um...take a look at the field for the most recent Saudi International. Money talks.
  12. No they don't. Its expressly forbidden. Appearance fees are given to American players to play in many overseas tournaments, but PGA Tour sponsors are not allowed to pay appearance fees to anyone.
  13. There's no way the PGA Tour doesn't go through some sort of course/purse correction, and very soon. We're now post-Tiger era. Its getting harder to find sponsors and put on tournaments. The top players themselves all want to play fewer events or have a shorter schedule. This stuff will be coming to a head, and perhaps this PGL news will now accelerate that. One way for the PGA Tour to leverage themselves better would be to allow individual sponsors for tournaments to pay appearance fees to draw better fields. It happens overseas, but not on the PGA Tour. Right now, so many To
  14. The PGA Tour can do nothing with regards to the majors. They are all their separate entities. You'd need the USGA or the folks at Augusta would have to stick their neck out and say that. But imagine Fred Ridley saying that PGL members are no longer eligible for the Masters, and a guy like Brooks Koepka accepts the offer and joins anyway. And some other players follow, especially younger guys. The only ones weakening their product is Augusta....the players are still getting paid. Golf entities like the PGA Tour, the USGA, the R&A, Augusta, etc all claim to be g
  15. If there is one thing you can guarantee with people that have lots of money, it is they want more of it. People sometimes don't understand how expensive it is for these people to live the way they do, and maintain that lifestyle. Most of the top players in the world that are 'comfortable' for lack of a better word all have multiple homes. Their own jets. Private business interests with lots of money invested in them. As Michael Douglas in Wall Street would say, "Rich enough not to waste time." "Downsize" isnt a word in the alphabet of most people with ungodly sums
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