PGA Tour Bragging About $190 Million To Charity Is So Very Sad | Dog Leg News

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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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6 Comments

  1. 1

    singlewhite

    any comparisons of any other large sports leagues that are non-profits and what they ‘give’ to charity? would be nice to see where the PGA tour fits in versus other leagues.
    thx, m

    1. 1.1

      Tom Edrington

      Sounds like a good project, we’ll check that out, I do know the NFL stepped up and gave a LOT more money to the Houston Hurricane relief drive, the Tour, which has an event in Houston, gave an embarrassing #250,000. An LPGA star gave more than that out of her own account.

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    lhunt

    Thanks for your terrific article that pulls aside the charity ‘mask’ of the PGA,!!

    For years the PGA has unjustifiably boasted of raising Billions for charity, leading most to assume it generously gives big checks to local charities before slithering off to the next event. It’s been my belief that most of the PGA’s charity is purely its take from the whopping entry fees paid by pro-am participants. Why else would they so assiduously require the Pros to play in the pro-ams?

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      Tom Edrington

      Correct, correct and correct, the locals do ALL the heavy lifting, what the tour should do is match what the locals raise and DONATE!!!

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    mike

    It’s called “capitalism”.

    The pro game is the ultimate meritocracy. The players are contractors, and if they don’t play well enough, someone better replaces them.

    And many of the players sponsor their own charities.

    So, $190 million is chump change? Are you going to tell that to the beneficiaries? I imagine they’re pretty stoked by the help.

    Let’s install Alexandria Occasionally Coherent as Commissioner. Or perhaps Bernie Sanders. Except that eventually you would have no tour to write about.

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      Tom Edrington

      Mike, your thinking is flawed when you went to “capitalism”…..that implies “For-profit” and the PGA Tour guises itself as a Not-for-Profit and that is where the hypocrisy lies, maybe Apple, IBM and all the fortune 100 companies should try it but they couldn’t get that shield…..and, in fact, $190 million is chump change to the PGA Tour…the least they should do is match what the locals raise every week at their events….seems fair to me…and remember there’s a difference between “Capitalism” and “Not-For-Profit”……no problem with Capitalism but pay the tax man, the PGA Tour does not.

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