Caddies Angry File $50 Million Lawsuit Against PGA Tour

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By admin March 24, 2015 19:32

Caddies Angry File  $50 Million Lawsuit Against PGA Tour

While PGA Tour players earn hundreds-of-thousands of dollars wearing logos on their shirts, hats, and golf bags, caddies make zilch and they’re angry, rightfully so. Over 100 PGA Tour caddies filed a lawsuit in February against the Tour, claiming restraint of trade and seeking a share of the income from sponsor-logo bibs that all caddies are required to wear, serving as human billboards and receiving no compensation whatsoever. The lawyers for the caddies have estimated that’s worth upwards of $50 million a year.

How important are caddies? If PGA Tour pros had to carry their own bags and make decisions totally on their own without valuable information and psychological support from their caddies, the quality of play would radically diminish— scores much higher, bad shots abundant, gallery attendance and TV audiences spiraling down. Without caddies, player fatigue would set in particularly on the final day. Wouldn’t it be quite something to see PGA Tour players carrying their own 50-pound staff bags walking (and hugging and puffing) seven to eight miles each day of play? Tour players have enough physical ailments as it is, can you imagine their aches and pains if they carried their own bags.

As a separate issue not directly related to the lawsuit, professional caddies are not treated as professionals by the very entity that benefits so much from their service, namely the PGA Tour. The era that caddies are second-class citizens, some even considered low life, are long past yet the perception exists, and the PGA Tour is partly to blame. Over and beyond caddies not being compensated for advertising multi-billion dollar corporations, they are not allowed to enter the clubhouses at PGA Tour venues, which is insulting and demeaning.

The lawsuit that’s been filed by the caddies is important for two main reasons — one, alleviation of financial exploitation and; two, just as important, caddies deserve bona fide respect and consideration for being an integral part of the professional team that puts on a PGA Tour event.

As the lawsuit unfolds, log on with us at GolfNewsMag.com for continued coverage.

Written by Dan Poppers

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By admin March 24, 2015 19:32