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Agent Schaffer Attempts To Organize Backing Of PGA Tour Union
Published February 28, 2008
All-Pro Sports & Entertainment Principal Peter Schaffer "has been dialing his agent brethren in an effort to form the PGA Tour's equivalent of the [NFLPA], with the NFLPA willing to bankroll the venture in the early stages," according to GOLFWEEK's Forecaddie. Schaffer, who represents PGA Tour member Jonathan Kaye and "more than a dozen current and former NFL players ... has been calling in an effort to lure a reputable, highly ranked player to battle the drug issue." One agent contacted by Schaffer said, "It's the same reason why any union would try to get people involved in other unions -- to help with their own negotiations. Let's say the golfers unionize and they get a perk from the PGA Tour they don't have in the NFL or NHL. The NFLPA can then go back and say, 'Hey, we want this, too, or we're walking.' It's kind of like the way the mob unionized in the '60s" (GOLFWEEK, 3/1 issue).