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PGA Tour's Tax-Exempt Status Called Into Question After Proposed Legislation
Published December 16, 2013
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POINT/COUNTERPOINT: A GOLF.com roundtable examined the Tour's tax-exempt status, with SI's Alan Shipnuck saying, "If you take away the tax-exempt status, the whole business model falls apart. The government would get a slice, but the overall size of the pie would shrink dramatically. So paying the bloated salaries of all the VPs in Ponte Vedra Beach is an unfortunate cost of doing business." SI's Gary Van Sickle: "It's pretty obvious that the NFL, NHL and the PGA Tour and all of the other major pro sports are businesses. They raise money for charity, some much more than others, but they're businesses. I'd hate to see anything hurt the amount of money the golf charities receive, but [PGA Tour Exec VP & Chief Global Communications Officer Ty Votaw] is a smart guy." Golf.com's Eamon Lynch added, "Nonprofits are not the same as charities, and I think the PGA Tour fairly qualifies as a nonprofit by the legal definition. I'd also argue that there is considerable value for charities in using the Tour as a marketing platform" (GOLF.com, 12/15).