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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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    If you are in your 40’s and your game is on the down slide, the money LIV is offering is too much to pass up. Guys like Rory and JT don’t need their money, but others are tempted.

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      Tom Edrington

      Simply a glorified version of the Champions Tour……there’s no business model there, just overpay for players who are going to under-deliver.

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      baxter cepeda

      Some younger superstars have already made the leap and many more will follow.
      Guys like Rory and jT — all the young guns are a bunch of scardy cats— but eventually even those type of guys will have to make the leap as more and more of their contemporaries make the leap.

      In the end this will cost the JT and rorys hundreds of millions as they are the last to realize this is inevitable.

      I mean I’m sorry but how dumb can these people be scoffing at literally billions of legal dollars that are inevitably going to enter the sport with or without you?

      And the worst part is the LIv guys wanted to work with the pga tour, even naming it pga tour super league.

      Players like JT and Rory should want to punch Monahan in the face rather than remain loyal to a fault.

      #only a matter of time.
      #money talks.
      # be smart.
      # just getting started.
      # lost opportunities.
      # your loss.
      # wake up already.

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        Tom Edrington

        Baxter: You need to speak with families who had their loved ones be-headed in Saudi Arabia.

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    baxter cepeda

    Lot to digest.

    Stenson had to do this. If there’s one thing pro players don’t love about the Ryder cup is not getting paid so a bunch of suits can stuff their pockets; because then those same suits charge kids 4-5 different times—each between 250-500$ for junior league. But for stenson leaving near 50 million on the table for a diminishing volunteer event would be downright stupid.

    The Ryder cup is dying. I don’t even think I’m watching it. I like watching sports at the highest level and a Ryder cup sans many of the best players on both sides is simply not worth watching; certainly not in great detail where I won’t miss watching a shot.

    I would absolutely expect Barkley to join LIv. And he won’t even have to kill his own brother to get the astronomical amount of cash he is going to get. I do not believe Barkley will be censored as happens here and there at DLN. I also think LIv will do whatever it can to allow Barkley to fulfill his tnt work.

    I’m seriously hoping they bring in Gary McCord to go along with chuck and David. Seriously at that point I’m never looking back. I wouldn’t even need the golf. Fehrity, McCord and Barkley…what else do you need for entertainment?

    LIv are fast learners and one of their first lessons was people want to hear that a mediocre shot was a crappy shot more than that a mediocre shot was a great shot. But who says it is important. Hence these boys are coming in. We already saw that trend change in Portland and will continue to as these superstars of criticism settle in.

    Then there’s the endorsement issue. Companies don’t give players as much as people believe, and LIv more than makes up for any potential sponsor losses. And then it’s only a matter of time before those sponsors come back or new ones fill in.

    Especially chuck, everyone Livs Chuck so much I’m betting no one Livs him.

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      Tom Edrington

      Baxter: A. You’ve obviously not been to a Ryder Cup — Dying?? Crowds bigger than ever, interest bigger than ever. Having a 22-handicapper as an “analyst” is a total joke…note: Chuck hasn’t signed yet…..Chuck disappears from relevance if he’s not on the TNT NBA lineup….

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    baxter cepeda

    There’s never been a Ryder cup post LIv v Monahan. There’s hasn’t even been a presidents cup.

    People will care a lot less about a tour vs tour Ryder cup; especially now that the pga tour owns half of the euro tour and the euro tour has basically become a feeder tour to the pga tour.

    People want and expect to see the best Americans battle the best 12 euros.

    If that doesn’t happen…trust me it will start to diminish more and more. I mean many people in and around the Ryder cup have said just that; and not just the guys going to Liv.

    Chuck will not leave tnt. But chuck transcends that show. Chuck could do morning shows. He could do whatever he wants at this point and be extremely relevant. He’s one of the biggest celebrities in America.

    And reports are chuck will be a Jack of all trades for the Liv coverage; not a traditional analyst. Chuck is huge on tnt for his entertainment value much more than his analyst value, although to his credit that is pretty great as well.

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