Report: FedEx Cup sponsorship extension may exclude players with rival endorsements

 

by Marika Washchyshyn

 

The FedEx Cup-sponsored playoffs will be sticking around for another 10 years, but some players may not get the chance to compete in them, depending on their own endorsement deals.

According to a Golf Channel report, the re-upped deal with FedEx includes a ‘category exclusivity clause’ which would prevent players from participating in the race (one that stretches the entire season) if they are sponsored by one of FedEx’s competitors.

Both Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen are sponsored by UPS. They are being grandfathered in and will be exempt from the clause, but their agent Chubby Chandler spoke to bigger concerns about the Tour setting a precedent for other Tour sponsors, like banks and office management firms.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said the Tour is committed to protecting sponsors who sign long-term contracts with them.
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