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SBD/Issue 144/Leagues & Governing Bodies
Jastrow Promises Anonymity For Pledge To Join MCT Circuit
Published April 16, 2002
In a letter sent to 35 golfers, 31 of whom are PGA Tour members, MCT Commissioner Terry Jastrow "promised players who commit to the new tour that he'll not reveal their names until at least 20 sign up," according to Ron Sirak of GOLF WORLD BUSINESS. The letter asked the players to commit to playing in at least 80% of MCT events, "so long as the [MCT] successfully" by November 29 finalizes negotiations with Fox, guarantees a minimum seven-event annual schedule with a purse of at least $2M per event, and finalizes negotiations "with appropriate host sites for the initial seven events." Jastrow's letter was accompanied by an 18-page MCT charter. Sirak: "Nowhere in the charter or in the commitment letter does it ask players to resign [their PGA Tour membership]." Included in the charter was the MCT's tentative '03 schedule, which has events opposite the following '02 PGA Tour stops: Honda, Shell Houston, Hilton Head, New Orleans, Colonial, Kemper and Memphis (GOLF WORLD BUSINESS, 4/15).