Mailbag: Disc Golf Players Union, USDGC Prestige, Spotter Flags

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Q: When are players going to form a union to negotiate with the Disc Golf Pro Tour? I feel like at some point the pace of events and proportion of money from DGN/spectators would need to be discussed.

– Mathison

A: Anyone who follows professional sports knows that the players unions are a crucial part of the business landscape of the industry. Right now, in fact, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are in a dispute over the next collective bargaining agreement, which sets things like the percentage of revenue that is paid out to the players in the league. The MLB has locked out the players for the first time since 1990 (this has been long expected), and the two sides are working to hammer out an agreement before the start of spring training next year.

The NFL, NBA, and NHL all have their own collective bargaining processes between the players and management.

But do you know what pro sport doesn’t have a players union? Golf.

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