The PGA Tour has pocketed more than 90 percent of revenues earned in joint domestic television deals negotiated last year with the LPGA Tour, according to court documents.

In a deposition, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan was asked what proportion of revenue the PGA receives from its contracts with the Golf Channel and NBC.

“I would say north of 90 percent,” Monahan said in the Dec. 8, 2020 deposition, which was disclosed in court filings this week in golf personality Hank Haney’s lawsuit against the PGA Tour.

The question came in the context of the PGA Tour’s position that it had pressured Sirius Radio to fire Haney in 2019 because the offensive comments he had made about women’s golf threatened the tours’ burgeoning partnership. Haney alleges, however, that the PGA Tour does not care about the LPGA and has made things worse with the 2020 agreement.

An LPGA spokeswoman declined to comment or say how much the LPGA was generating in TV money.

PGA Tour spokesperson Laura Neal wrote in an email that there “is no written allocation of rights fees to the LPGA in our agreements. It would be based on how much programming is being delivered (and to cable/network) in a given year.”

Neal also pointed out that the PGA Tour delivers 50-plus weeks of events, plus the Korn Ferry Tour and the Champions Tour “compared to the LPGA representing one schedule.”

Read Dan Kaplan’s full story in the Go Deeper section below.



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