PGA caddies file class action over forced promotion

Posted on: February 17th, 2015 by Steve Larson

PGACaddies for PGA golfers have filed a class action lawsuit against the PGA Tour, contending they were forced to wear bibs featuring corporate logos and other advertisements that generate millions of dollars for the tour without giving the caddies any compensation.  The lawsuit, filed in U.S. federal court in California, says the PGA Tour threatened to prevent the caddies from working at tournaments organized and promoted by the organization if they refused to wear the bibs.

The lawsuit claims the PGA Tour reaps more than $50 million annually from the endorsements, but the caddies receive no compensation.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of all caddies in the United States who wear or have worn bibs with the logos of the PGA Tour’s sponsors.

The lawsuit, which claims the PGA Tour interfered with the caddies’ ability to compete in the market, alleges antitrust violations, breach of contract and violations of California state law.