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Tom Edrington

Tom Edrington spent the first 10 years of his misguided youth as a sports writer for the Tampa Tribune. His career brought him face to face with many of sports greatest stars -- Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Muhammad Ali, Don Shula, countless Hall of Fame NFL stars, more PGA Tour players than he can count. In 1980 he was honored by the Golf Writers Association of America for writing the best news story that year, his coverage of Jack Nicklaus' U.S. Open victory at Baltusrol. Today, 36 years later, golf is still a great part of his life, thanks to competitive playing days and the wonderful people he has met on this fabulous journey.

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    baxter cepeda

    Sadly for your other reader I Totally agree about the Players Tom. So we wont be bickering on this one.
    Most Everyone at the PGA Tour and Golf Channel seems to be put on a mission to make this happen. Kudos to nobilo for being the voice of reason although the powers know many Amaricans will let international thoughts in one ear and out the other.
    It seems Golf channel probably has more to gain than the tour with this non 5th major designation. Chamblees blasphomes are to be expected but Interesting that the minute Diaz becomes a Gc company man his actual views from decades of being a scribe change.
    I guess getting ones newspaper face on tv will make you sell yourself here and there. At least it really, really seems as such.
    The players can give twice as much money and twice the field but its still not a major.
    Golf has its majors. Let it be. Because this topic has me ready to give up watching the Players as i am not getting any younger and my blood pressure only gets higher every year with this greedy nonsense of a 5th major at a mediocre at best venue in Florida when golf is growing by leaps around the globe.

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      Tom Edrington

      Baxter, as I’ve always told you, we enjoy ALL your thoughts, certainly don’t have to agree with us, but as I told Charlie, the PGA Tour is a blatant abuse of IRS Code 501-c-3…..lots of greed up there, check out our “other news” today where the tour basically goes totally against it’s LIVE LIFE UNDER PAR credo and forbids its players to sign autographs during a practice round…..bah Humbug, hats off to the players who thumb their noses at that awful policy and sign for the kids who are there, totally makes a child’s day and makes them a fan for life and isn’t that what the tour wants (besides money)? Thanks for checking in, as always, your comments are always welcome and appreciated.

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    charliej01

    You’re awful negative about the PGA tour, seeing how they provide your livelihood. If you really believed they were so awful you should stop covering their events.

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      Tom Edrington

      Sorry Charlie, not my livelihood……obviously you did not see our posting of the PGA Tour’s tax return…..if you understand business, then you’d see how they abuse the 591-c-3 IRS code for real charities like the Salvation Army….wonder what folks might say if the Salvation Army built an $81 million palatial headquarters then overpaid all the folks who work there, owned loads for (for profit) golf courses, etc. do I need to go on any further?? Pure abuse of a “not-for-profit” tag….check those concession prices at the Players this week and wonder if its “not-for-profit”……it is our simply duty to uncover the truth and abuses of a designation reserved for true charitable organizations.

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        Tom Edrington

        Sorry, missed keystroke its 501-c-3 along with two others.

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    charliej01

    Tom, we’ve had this discussion before. The NFL & NHL also have tax exemptions. You don’t really believe that none of your livelihood is due to the PGA tour? How much interest would your blog generate without the “weekly” PGA tour events?

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      Tom Edrington

      Definition of “livelihood” is making a living……this is not what I do to make a living…..what we are doing here is pointing out abuse of the “not-for-profit” IRS code exemption by an organization that is all about profit…..the tour would survive quite nicely if Congress came to its senses and revoked that exemption….keep in mind, they generate more than $2 billion in revenues, they fork out more in prize money this week than they give to any charity in the nation……they do “prop up” the World Golf Hall of Fame and its complex with an $11 million contribution and that’s not a charity. Simple as that.

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