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The Latest Example of How Uniform Ads Just Cause Problems

I have a new ESPN column today, about Nike and the NFL — check it out here.

Meanwhile: Very interesting storyline from the golf world yesterday, as a group of 81 caddies filed a class-action lawsuit against the PGA because they’re forced to wear bibs featuring the logos of PGA sponsors without being paid. The lawsuit says the caddies “are made to serve as billboards to advertise, at the direction of the PGA Tour, for some of the most profitable companies in the world without compensation.”

This is a complicated case (and that’s not even counting the issue of grown men wearing “bibs,” which probably deserves its own lawsuit), and I encourage you to read that entire article before having a kneejerk reaction one way or the other. One of the trickiest aspects is that the caddies are independent contractors employed by the individual golfers, not by the PGA, but they’re still forced to wear the PGA bibs, which feels a bit like a “taxation without representation” situation.

I saw a lot of discussion of this story on the web yesterday, and certain refrains kept popping up. For example:

“Nobody’s forcing them to be caddies.” True enough, but that doesn’t mean automatically mean that their labor conditions are fair or just (or legal). Nobody’s forcing you to have your job either, but you’d probably complain if you felt you were being treated unfairly, and you’d consider legal action if you thought the situation warranted it.

“The caddies already make a lot of money.” Some of the caddies do pretty well, but my understanding is that a whole lot more of them earn less than $100K/year. In any case, that’s a red herring, because the merits of their case are either valid or invalid regardless of their income.

“The caddies are just greedy.” Maybe true, maybe not, but irrelevant either way. Again, the case will stand or fall on its own legal merits, not on anyone’s assessment of the plaintiffs’ character.

“Anyone could do that job.” False. But even if it were true, it wouldn’t matter — see above.

“They’re already being paid, indirectly, for the sponsorships.” The argument here is that the sponsorship money goes into a tournament’s total prize purse, which then goes to the golfers, who then pay the caddies. This is an interesting argument, but I don’t think it holds up. The sponsorship money indirectly helps to pay for everyone connected to the tournament, but not everyone has to wear the sponsorship bibs — only the caddies do.

It’s worth noting here that I’m not a big golf guy. So I asked longtime Uni Watch reader John Okray, who works as an assistant professional at a golf club in Wisconsin, what he thought of the caddies’ lawsuit. Here’s his response:

As far as the lawsuit goes, I think it is warranted, but not for the amount they are asking for. Everyone wants a little more piece of the pie — I get that.. But what they’re asking is a bit too much in my opinion.

Not every tournament even has sponsors on their bibs. For instance, all the Majors do not include sponsors. So during the Masters, would caddies not get compensated for one of the biggest tournaments of the year?

Veeeeery interesting to learn that the Major tournaments let the caddies go ad-free. In other words, the people behind the sport’s most prestigious events understand that plastering the caddies with ads would compromise the air of dignity and status that they’ve spent years building.

And that, really, is the lesson here: Ads on uniforms look like shit. They always look like shit, even on caddies. And they inevitably lead to conflicts, petty squabbling, and lawsuits like the one that was filed yesterday. We’d all be better off without them — on caddies’ uniforms, and everyone else’s. #NoUniAds.

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Baseball News: The Giants will unveil their latest home alternate jersey this Friday. I’ve seen the design, and the one thing I’ll say is that it is not a revival of this jersey. ”¦ Interesting to see that USC’s jerseys once featured periods after the letters of the school name abbreviation (from Joel Mathwig). ”¦ We’ll never see Ted Williams in a tequila sunrise jersey. But how about Ted Williams on a tequila sunrise jersey? ”¦ Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, whose 2014 season was ended by a pitch to the face on Sept. 12, will wear a facemask on his batting helmet in spring training. ”¦ Super-plain “MLB” jerseys for the MLB Puerto Rico Showcase. ”¦ In case you didn’t already know, the black version of the Mets’ skyline logo really sucked. ”¦ New cleats for Vanderbilt (from Jerry Lawless). ”¦ The Royals’ new “Forever Royal” billboard would make a lot more sense if the player were going high-cuffed (from Jason Gomez). ”¦ What’s worse than a game with both teams wearing red jerseys? Both teams wearing red jerseys covered with ads. ”¦ Washington State’s new batting gloves have that composite logo design that we’ve seen a lot of in the football world. “Maybe I’m turning into a crotchety old man, but they seem a bit much,” says Mike McLaughlin. … Whoa, look at this rare 1935 Brooklyn Dodgers cap. ”¦ Check out these game-worn 1972 White Sox stirrups — uni-numbered, and with extensions! (Thanks, Phil.) ”¦ The mighty Fleer Sticker Project has a good entry on a 1972 JC Penney catalog with an NFL helmet offer on the wrapper. ”¦

NFL News: I hadn’t noticed this until Noel Tovar pointed it out, but the Patriots had raised nose bumper logos for the Super Bowl. Turns out they also had them for the AFC championship game. They don’t seem to be as raised as the 3-D logos used by other teams, though. “So even their nose bumpers are a little deflated,” says Noel. … Looks like Pats WR Brandon LaFell is still wearing his old purple/gold shoulder pads from his LSU days. He also did that when he played for the Panthers (from Brian McCrodden). ”¦ What’s cooler than Salvador Dali in football helmet? Not a goddamn thing (big thanks, Phil). ”¦ People who wore a Pats jersey at the Sugarloaf ski resort in Maine on Sunday got half-priced lift tickets. ”¦ Why would a toy samurai sword for sale in Taiwan have a Bills helmet sticker on it? Weird.

College and High School Football News: Crazy flag-based uniforms for the U18 International Bowl. ”¦ New 50th-anniversary logo for NIU’s Huskie Stadium. ”¦ @JVince11 made his own Arizona State concept helmet. ”¦ Iowa State players got new training shoes yesterday. ”¦ Akron’s equipment staff has been toying with some new helmet concepts, as seen here and here. ”¦ Do Texas Tech’s uniforms matter to recruits? Maybe. ”¦ New helmets possibly in the works for Nevada, although those might just be recruit-bait. ”¦ Here’s a ranking of the last two seasons’ worth of Oregon uniforms.

Hockey News: The Islanders wore fisherman fauxbacks for pregame warm-ups last night. ”¦ College hockey teams wore muscular dystrophy awareness helmet decals last weekend. ”¦ The Wichita Thunder will wear these wheelchair unis for NASCAR night on Feb. 20 (thanks, Phil). ”¦ Sabres goalie Jonas Enroth has a new mask in the works. According to this page, it “will feature a white-based background, accented with the crossed sabres at the chin area. Along the top of the helmet, a blue and gold brick wall curves up and over. On the side, a rough-looking circle logo graces the remaining canvas.” ”¦ The Missouri Mavericks’ “law enforcement appreciation” unis are just a little bit gaudy (from Ryan Atkinson). ”¦ Unexpected styling on this 1960s jersey. “Almost a precursor to the Dallas Stars jersey,” says Jimmy Lonetti.

NBA News: Pacers players have some thoughts about the team’s uniforms. ”¦ Here’s a slideshow breaking down the Cavs’ record by uniform (thanks, Phil). ”¦ MetroCards — the prepaid cards we use to access the New York City mass transit system — are now being issued with an NBA All-Star Game design (Phil again). ”¦ What if each NBA team had its logo incorporated into the O’Brien Trophy? ”¦ In the wake of the Rockets’ and Warriors’ Chinese New Year unifiorms, here’s a look at some of the best and worst moments in Chinese New Year branding.

College and High School Hoops News: Northern Iowa — the team with the best school abbreviation — wore a “DH” memorial patch for booster Dale Howard on Saturday (from Jesse Gavin). ”¦ But in a disappointing move, UNI is going BFBS this Saturday and is removing the “UNI” from its jersey. ”¦ Texas Tech will wear black unis with new black shoes today. ”¦ Pink uniforms for the Washington Township (NJ) girls’ team. ”¦ Even if you like color vs. color, as I do, you have to draw the line at grey vs. brown. Ewwwwww. ”¦ In 1950, the BYU hoops team went on a tour of South America and wore “Mormons” warm-up tops (from @pal3327). ”¦ Wisconsin gave away this G.I. Joe cap, sponsored by the National Guard, last night. “Looks like low-resolution vomit,” says Andrew Mueller. True enough. And the little circle-R trademark symbol is the cherry on top of this shit sundae.

Soccer News: The L.A. Galaxy visited the White House and gave President Obama a jersey with FiNOB. On their previous two visits, the jerseys had his surname (thanks, Phil). ”¦ Here’s a bunch of concepts showing modern teams in retro styles (from Jason Borneman). ”¦ Here’s a closer look at the new MLS numbers (from Matthew Streeter). ”¦ The rest of these are from Yusuke Toyoda: Kara Mbodj of Senegal wore gloves at the African Cup of Nations, which wouldn’t be so unusual except it was 86 degrees. … The Irish national team’s former kit man got a jersey-cake for his 91st birthday. … An Inter player threw his jersey to fans after a 3-1 loss, the fans threw it back, and a brouhaha ensued.

Grab Bag: The UN World Food Program is “extremely concerned” by images seeming to show its boxes of food aid in Syria with the ISIS logo. ”¦ In a related item, ISIS’s latest execution video shoes the militants wearing matching digi-camo uniforms similar to those worn by U.S. Marines. ”¦ A Wyoming sheriff has imposed a new dress code that bans cowboy boots and hats. One of his deputies quit in protest. ”¦ This is great: A Toronto man made a curling sheet in his backyard (thanks, Phil). ”¦ Did you know New Mexico has a Nordic skiing team? They do! And the team wore 1990s throwbacks at Friday’s home meet (from Frank Mercogliano). ”¦ A museum in California currently has an exhibit of Boy Scout and Cub Scout uniforms from around the world. ”¦ Good article about flight attendant uniforms. ”¦ “IndyCars used to have a fuel that, when ignited, burned with an invisible flame,” says David Firestone. “So when a driver caught fire, it looked like this.” ”¦ The BMW-Happy Tooth Dental Group women’s professional cycling team (yes, that’s really their name) is inviting fans to design the team’s support car (from Michael Roecklein). ”¦ The Red Bull RB11 race car is decked out in full camouflage.

83 comments to The Latest Example of How Uniform Ads Just Cause Problems

  • The Jeff | February 4, 2015 at 7:31 am |

    You kinda stuck the link for the Brooklyn Dodgers cap in the NFL section. Might wanna move that, yo.

  • Aaron | February 4, 2015 at 7:36 am |

    There seems to be a few baseball items bleeding into the NFL section. Not that I particularly mind.

  • Brian Klejsmyt | February 4, 2015 at 7:38 am |

    Looks like some of the items in the NFL Ticker section belong in the Baseball Ticker section.

    Interesting article on the caddies situation. Hope both the caddies and PGA get what they deserve from this. (Not a positive or negative knock on either. Just hope they can get this figured out swiftly and so both parties are satisified).

    • Paul Lukas | February 4, 2015 at 7:44 am |

      Thanks, everyone — Ticker items now where they belong.

  • Toddro | February 4, 2015 at 7:50 am |

    not to mention Dustin Johnson’s coke problem and the irony of it all…just wish the bib said “Coke”

    • Johnny O | February 4, 2015 at 9:28 am |

      The Tour Championship is sponsored by Coca-Cola, and that logo is on the caddy bibs… sooo… here’s to hoping!

  • Toddro | February 4, 2015 at 7:54 am |

    “In a related item, ISIS’s latest execution video…”

    man, that just sounds so…desensitized? Blah.

    • PJ | February 4, 2015 at 8:34 am |

      thought the exact same thing…don’t really need ISIS execution “uniform” tidbits…

      • Paul Lukas | February 4, 2015 at 10:08 am |

        Dude, it’s a story about uniforms. This is a blog about uniforms. If that particular story isn’t what you’re after, you can skip it, just like you probably skip the stories about cricket, or Aussie rules football, or whatever.

        • Toddro | February 4, 2015 at 10:18 am |

          I didn’t click the link (which I know doesn’t take you to a video of the execution) but I am just commenting on how nonchalant you mentioned it. “Oh, by the way, fashion observation with the latest ISIS murders.”

        • Paul Lukas | February 4, 2015 at 10:28 am |

          If you actually bother to read the article, you’ll see that it’s not an idle “fashion observation” but something much deeper than that. You’re free to ignore it, but don’t go critiquing something you didn’t even bother to look at.

        • arrScott | February 4, 2015 at 12:56 pm |

          At the risk of trivializing something very serious, here’s a look at the fatwa ISIS issued to justify burning Lt. al-Kaseasbeh, despite Muhammad’s command in the Quran not to burn people:

          https://twitter.com/WashInstitute/status/563026142702354435

          Content and context aside, I find the form of the stationery fascinating. Islamic State letterhead. Chilling.

    • Komet17 | February 4, 2015 at 1:22 pm |

      Additionally, not sure if I’d run the item about IndyCar drivers catching fire in the same section with an item about the ISIS execution…

      • Paul Lukas | February 4, 2015 at 1:59 pm |

        You’re really reaching.

        • Komet17 | February 4, 2015 at 4:17 pm |

          Respectfully, I disagree.

    • Steve Naismith | February 4, 2015 at 2:13 pm |

      I agree completely with Toddro and PJ. Cold wording by Paul. I’d bet friends and family of the victim wouldn’t be pleased by the Marine Times’s attempt at making a UNIFORM-RELATED takeaway from this tragedy.

      I read the article – it’s not anything “deep” at all – it’s someone trying to make something out of nothing. From the article:

      “But over the past decade, similar patterns have become widely available, according to private intelligence and policy analysts.

      “That pattern has been replicated all around the world,” said Ben Connable, a retired Marine intelligence officer and international policy analyst for Rand Corp. “It is easy to come by and replicate without a license just about anywhere.”

      …something out of nothing.

      • Paul Lukas | February 4, 2015 at 2:30 pm |

        I wish you people would make up your minds. One day I’m an oversensitive PC whiner who’s responsible for the wussification of America; the next day I’m a callously insensitive prick with no sense of empathy. Which is it?

        (I know, I know — both. But remember, not every question will be as easy as this one.)

      • arrScott | February 4, 2015 at 3:14 pm |

        I’m willing to grant Steve’s claim that “friends and family of the victim wouldn’t be pleased” by the Marine Corps Times story.

        Granting the truth of that claim, the necessary question is, “So what?” I say it is not the job of any journalist to “please” the “friends and family” of any victim.

        One of the USMC’s purposes in adopting MarPat cammo was to make U.S. Marines distinguishable from soldiers of other forces on and off the battlefield. The advent of an enemy force, against whom the United States is currently engaging in active combat, wearing apparently USMC uniforms is actually kind of a big deal. This phenomenon at least theoretically endangers the lives of actual U.S. servicemen and -women. If we’re going to be all concerned with “pleasing” the family of victims, what will we say to the family of a Marine who dies because ISIS fighters caused battlefield confusion with their USMC camo?

        That last question being a rhetorical example of why it is absurd to consider whether any given bit of journalism “pleases” the friends and family of any particular victim.

  • Mike | February 4, 2015 at 8:03 am |

    USC = Southern Cal

    USC never =’s University of South Carolina

    • FiteClub | February 4, 2015 at 9:26 am |

      Unless you live in South Carolina, in which case it’s quite prevalent.

      Moving here from Southern California, it took some getting used to.

      • terriblehuman | February 4, 2015 at 9:45 am |

        On a semi-related note, it always took me a minute to realize that in South Carolina, “Carolina” doesn’t mean the Tar Heels.

        It was particularly confusing with this family I know who live in Charlotte, but have roots in South Carolina, so “Carolina” is interchangeable.

    • dgray | February 4, 2015 at 12:07 pm |

      According to USC’s 95 page style book, the University of Southern California is “never” to be abbreviated as Southern Cal, which shows just how controlling things can get.

  • Dumb Guy | February 4, 2015 at 8:13 am |

    “Salvador Dali in football helmet..”

    Gots to protect the Dalistache!!

    • BurghFan | February 4, 2015 at 8:36 am |

      A Babe Parilli model, no less.

  • Jason Axel | February 4, 2015 at 8:17 am |

    So the OHL is moving the Plymouth Whalers to Flint and the team is having a contest to name the new team. Contest just opened and you can submit ideas at their site: http://www.ohl4flint.com/

    Figured it can’t hurt to have some people who “Get It” to try and help make a great identity for our new hometown team.

    • AlMaFi | February 4, 2015 at 8:41 am |

      Not feeling terribly creative this morning, but I submitted Flint Gearheads. Described the logo as a tough-looking cartoon hockey player with a round gear shape in place of a head.

      I’m guessing that about half of the entries will be for Flint Tropics.

      • Jason Axel | February 4, 2015 at 9:16 am |

        There was an article online that said they won’t consider anything Tropics or Flint Generals (old Flint team) because the OHL already has a Generals team.

    • walter | February 4, 2015 at 9:24 am |

      Stones.

      • suprfrog | February 4, 2015 at 9:31 am |

        Pretty easy to guess what the alternate jerseys would look like. :-)

    • Lance Smith | February 4, 2015 at 9:45 am |

      If Westish College can be the Harpooners, I don’t see why Flint couldn’t still be the Whalers…

      • Jason Axel | February 4, 2015 at 11:17 am |

        With an entirely new ownership group who also bought the arena in Flint and is renovating it, I’m guessing they would like a fresh start and new team identity.

    • arrScott | February 4, 2015 at 12:02 pm |

      If they won’t go with Tropics or Generals, then obviously they need to be the Flint Rogers. With a giant foam Michael Moore as the mascot.

      Or, only somewhat less facetiously, the Flint Assemblers or Flint Demolishers.

    • KC | February 4, 2015 at 1:11 pm |

      Locks?

  • Gary | February 4, 2015 at 8:51 am |

    The ESPN article fails to discuss the employment agreement between the caddie (contractor) and the golfer (employer). Also not discussed is the agreement(s) between to the golfer and the PGA for participation in the tournament event.

    The court will judge the merits of the lawsuit based on the above. It’s not that complicated. All the other issues are interesting for debate but not relevant to determining the outcome of the lawsuit.

    • boxcarvibe | February 4, 2015 at 9:12 am |

      BOOM!

  • Bob A | February 4, 2015 at 8:55 am |

    Caddies in bibs sounds stupid but, at least in the tournaments I go to, pairing sheets carry bib colors which makes it easy to tell whose hitting out of that sand trap waaay over on the left.

    • Bob A | February 4, 2015 at 8:55 am |

      whose=who is grrrrrrrr

  • boxcarvibe | February 4, 2015 at 9:11 am |

    Didn’t realize the 1972 White Sox had pants with belt loops. Uniform Database shows tunnels.

  • Phillip | February 4, 2015 at 9:27 am |

    In the vintage soccer shirts, take a look at the Colo Colo shirt (https://m1.behance.net/rendition/modules/144846525/disp/8bc7032317c3112aa98e5bed6fc2150d.png).

  • Jess F | February 4, 2015 at 9:58 am |

    As for the Giants new alternate, guessing it will be black with an orange “SF”. Was hoping it would be black with “Giants” in orange script lettering like the Friday version they have now.

  • Lance Smith | February 4, 2015 at 10:12 am |

    I once overheard a meeting of the track marshals at a vintage auto race and one of the points was that one of the entries was using an alcohol fuel which burned with an invisible flame. The marshals were warned if they saw the driver rolling around after a crash that he was probably on fire.

    • Adam R. W. | February 4, 2015 at 11:06 am |

      That fuel is methanol. IndyCar no longer uses it (they switched to a 90% methanol, 10% ethanol blend, and now run 100% ethanol), but it’s not uncommon for smaller dirt tracks to run methanol fuel when they race sprint cars and midgets. It’s especially common at indoor tracks (the Chili Bowl Nationals or the Rumble in Fort Wayne for example) because the fumes are less intense, and the fire doesn’t produce smoke the same was a gasoline fuel will.

  • Paul Lukas | February 4, 2015 at 10:14 am |
    • ClusterPuck | February 4, 2015 at 10:39 am |

      Neat article Paul. I have always been curious about Majestic’s stance on the Nike undershirt logo and weather they have ever tried to raise a stink with MLB. Maybe shortsighted on their part?

      With the large dollars Adidas put into ASU and Miami, you have to assume that a larger prize is on the horizon for them. It would not surprise me if the NFL took a page out of the Scot Boras handbook to let Nike and Adidas bid against one another for the next contract.

      • Steve Naismith | February 4, 2015 at 2:31 pm |

        Yes, very cool article. Count me in the camp hoping for a Broncos makeover (hopefully using elements of, or reverting entirely to, the 1970-1996 set with the “D” logo.)

        I too have wondered about the Majestic/Nike issue. I wish Majestic would gain more market share in the athletic apparel market and hate the idea of Nike usurping the smaller, made-in-the-USA Majestic. From a purely functional standpoint, I far prefer Majestic gear over Nike to wear for my rec league games.

    • terriblehuman | February 4, 2015 at 11:00 am |

      Here’s a closer look at the new MLS numbers (from Matthew Streeter)

      Looks like Kansas City already put the fans’ faces in the numbers.

      • terriblehuman | February 4, 2015 at 11:00 am |

        Guh, that wasn’t meant to be a reply, sorry.

        • Robby Z | February 4, 2015 at 12:15 pm |

          You’re a terrible human.

  • Mainspark | February 4, 2015 at 10:54 am |

    The caddie bibs are more than just billboards for advertising or identifying the player. The bib form follows the function of having pockets which carry another scorecard (the player keeps the actual score of his opponent), yardage books, tees, divot repair tools, an extra balls, etc. Almost anything that that a caddie or player would need quickly is carried in the bib without having to go into the golf bag. At the Masters, and other tournaments like the Memorial, the caddies don’t wear bibs but white coveralls that also contain numerous pockets for the aforementioned items and serve the same function as the bib.

    Finally, the idea that “anyone could do that job” is ludicrous. Only someone who has never played golf competitively as an amateur or professional would make such an argument. Most caddies on the PGA, LPGA and Senior tours are scratch or single-digit handicap players themselves. There is simply too much money on the line for a player to have a caddie whose only job was to schlep a bag and pull pins. A caddie is a really a partner of the player. He reads yardage, depth of pins on the greens, distances to hazards AND carries the bag. He has to know the local rules, drop areas and carry yardage. He must know the etiquette of the game, whose away, where to walk on the green, whose responsibility it is to pull the flag, etc.

    • scottrj | February 4, 2015 at 11:52 am |

      A caddy can carry all of those items just as easily in a pair of cargo shorts, or a basic pair of slacks/shorts even. And even in the off event that the caddy had to go to the bag for an item, except when the player’s on the green the caddy’s … ummmm … carrying the bag. Saying “form follows function” here is a canard.

      As I understand the PGA Tour doesn’t put on the major championships. So it’s a bit of a false choice to point out that caddies at the major don’t wear advertisements – in those instances the decision about whether or not to have caddies wear bibs is in different hands.

      But yeah, ultimately it’s going to come down to the terms of and interplay between the PGA Tour/Tour player contracts and the individual Tour player/caddy contracts whatever the contracts between the PGA Tour and tour players.

      What’s intriguing to me, though, is the allegation that the PGA Tour contacted specific players about whether they’d terminate their caddy for refusing to wear a bib. If that’s true, and the contract terms don’t dictate the outcome, that’s not only outrageous but actionable in and of itself. Not to mention potentially damning to their legal position as well.

      • Mainspark | February 4, 2015 at 12:41 pm |

        Your point is well-taken inasmuch as some tournaments do not have bibs. However in a sport where players wear long pants even in Texas in the summer, caddies are not going to be permitted to wear cargo shorts with bulging pockets.

        The PGA does put on a major championship, it’s called . . . wait for it . . . The PGA Championship!

        As for the legality of the PGA inquiring whether players would terminate their caddies for refusing to wear bibs, I think the PGA would be better served refusing to allow the independent contract player to play in the event rather than subjecting itself to a tortious interference of contract claim from individual caddies themselves.

        • scottrj | February 4, 2015 at 1:02 pm |

          The PGA Tour is the defendant in this lawsuit. The PGA Tour does not put on the PGA Championship; the PGA of America does.

  • BrianC | February 4, 2015 at 11:17 am |

    “The Islanders wore fisherman fauxbacks for pregame warm-ups last night.”

    Why would they want to remember the darkest days in their history?

    • Paul Lukas | February 4, 2015 at 11:22 am |

      Because (a) it’s their final season at the Coliseum and (b) even the darkest/worst things acquire a patina of warm, fuzzy nostalgia if you wait long enough.

  • James G | February 4, 2015 at 11:40 am |

    In reference to the caddies, wouldn’t then the PGA do itself a service and just remove the ads? Then the caddies have no complaint and still don’t get paid. The caddies have a point no doubt but the simple fact is that the PGA Tour can simply remove the ads, which are the Tournament sponsors, and be done with it.

    • arrScott | February 4, 2015 at 12:17 pm |

      Or just kick a small portion of the sponsorship revenue to the caddies, who are doing the actual work of advertising in this case? Either way, it would cost very little for the defendants to make the dispute go away. Which pretty definitively settles the question of who’s being discreditingly “greedy” in this case.

      • scottrj | February 4, 2015 at 1:15 pm |

        The last sentence of that ESPN article may be the most significant one. This lawsuit is about more than sponsorship revenue angle, it’s about a fledgling caddies’ association trying to get the PGA Tour to address a litany of working condition issues they’ve raised, without success. I daresay the sponsorship revenue issue is as much a mechanism for bringing the PGA Tour to the bargaining table as it is anything else, not something that can be made to disappear by writing a check.
        http://www.golfchannel.com/news/golf-central-blog/conflict-brewing-between-pga-tour-caddie-association/

        • terriblehuman | February 4, 2015 at 2:59 pm |

          Paul referencing “taxation without representation” is spot on. For the colonists, the taxes were just the jumping off point.

  • TBone | February 4, 2015 at 11:50 am |

    The caddie bib thing is so fascinating, especially since I just read this article about how corporations are complaining that any mandated text– employment posters, disclosures, country-of-origin documents, etc. is a violation of freedom of speech. It’s neat stuff, but it really makes me afraid for the way the world is moving.

  • TIm | February 4, 2015 at 11:55 am |

    Why would the “Forever Royal” billboard make more sense if the player were high-cuffed exactly?

    • Paul Lukas | February 4, 2015 at 12:01 pm |

      Because it would be exposing a royal blue sock.

  • Vee63 | February 4, 2015 at 12:18 pm |

    Hey Paul, did you get that yellow and blue ebay jersey yet? Did I miss the photo of you wearing it? Ebay jersey day is my third favourite Uni Watch topic after weird vintage jersey photos and DIY projects.

    • Paul Lukas | February 4, 2015 at 12:23 pm |

      Yes, I got it. Photos have been taken, entry has been written. Just waiting for the right day. Soon!

  • Ben Cox | February 4, 2015 at 12:34 pm |

    As a note on the Red Bull RB11 camo scheme – it’s not a “GI Joe” thing, it’s simply an attempt to hide aerodynamic updates they’re testing during this week’s winter tests in Spain. Trying to hide developments at these tests is not new – many teams use alternate liveries, and Red Bull themselves once used fake exhaust stickers when they wanted to hide a trick exhaust system. This, however, is the first time I’ve seen an F1 team use a proper camo scheme for this purpose. I bet they’re not the last, as analysts can’t seem to figure out what exactly they’ve got going on. Once the regular season begins, they’ll be switching back to their usual purple, yellow, and red livery, which IMHO is third best in the current F1 field (behind Sauber’s gorgeous blue and yellow and Williams’s classic Martini livery).

    • ChrisH | February 4, 2015 at 12:58 pm |

      Chevy did something similar when they were testing their NASCAR version of the SS a few years back, but that ‘camo’ wasn’t nearly as elaborate:

      http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/.element/img/4.0/global/swapper/201210/121012.15.jpg

      • Ben Cox | February 4, 2015 at 9:37 pm |

        Yepp! And I know teams in the World Endurance Championship, particularly in the LMP1 class, pretty much always test with some sort of camo livery (Porsche in particular), as do a lot of production car manufacturers. I’m surprised I’ve never seen an F1 team try it before, though.

        It’s always nice to see a camo design that’s functional rather than pandering – I quite like camo patterns but they need to have a purpose other than as a way to make the Padres look even worse.

  • Mike Engle | February 4, 2015 at 1:56 pm |

    I’m a law student who wants to be Michael McCann for some other media outlet when I grow up, so this caddy bib ad lawsuit is REALLY interesting.
    Reminds me of the red bibs NFL photographers have to wear on the sidelines. Once (maybe still now?), they had a Canon logo on them, because of a sponsorship agreement. The photographers really hated that one: they work for a newspaper, which is supposed to be NEWS, and not purchased speech, so the logo was seen as non-objective, which is bad for the media. One photographer basically said “that Canon logo is gonna look great next to my beloved Nikon camera, which you’d have to pry out of my dead hands, so the NFL can shove it.”

  • Uni Troll | February 4, 2015 at 2:05 pm |

    I don’t want to live in a world where a rural Wyoming sheriff doesn’t go to work in cowboy gear! :(

    • Dumb Guy | February 4, 2015 at 3:36 pm |

      “I had my patrol deputies wearing one uniform, (and) I had detention wearing another uniform. We had a rainbow of colors. Who the heck is who?”

      Well, I guess if I saw a guy in a tan uniform I would know he was a Patrolman (or whatever). And if I saw a guy in Green uniform I’d know he was something else. They all have badges so I know they are law enforcement.

      Glad he found a way to defeat the wind and ice!!

  • Mike Engle | February 4, 2015 at 2:16 pm |

    In other apparel news, looks like Marshawn Lynch will NOT be fined for his personal Beast Mode logo cap, as worn during SB XLIX media time.
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/seahawks/2015/02/04/marshawn-lynch-will-not-be-fined-by-the-nfl-for-his-beast-mode-hat-or-media-obligations/22865807/
    Not to pat myself on the back, but I instantly thought fining him on that would have been bogus. Looks like I was correct for all the reasons.
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/gthlwm8qs5t5s4j/Screenshot%202015-02-04%2014.12.34.png?dl=0

  • Uni Troll | February 4, 2015 at 2:26 pm |

    I’ll be direct: I don’t like advertising on sports uniforms. I’d like to see less of it, not more of it.

    But is it *always* completely terrible?

    This wasn’t so bad:

    http://wheresrooster.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Acme-Pic.jpg

    And this was actually kinda cool:

    http://i.bullfax.com/imgs/d655d8179b39fcdf701445ec6d741fa75e12ee10.jpg

    Then again, I really don’t know what’s up with this:

    http://imgick.nj.com/home/njo-media/width960/img/south-jersey-times/photo/2015/02/03/-f8185f9ed0f6be97.JPG

    Do the Minutemaids get free orange juice from this deal or something…?

  • Dane | February 4, 2015 at 9:50 pm |

    Sportsnet ran a 30-second poll during the 2nd intermission of the Pens-Oilers game for the ugliest sweater in NHL history. The Canucks “Flying V” defeated the original Phoenix Coyotes sweater, 56-44.

  • lindsayresnick | February 5, 2015 at 9:41 am |

    Does anyone know why “Huskie Stadium” is spelled that way? Seems odd that it’s not “Husky Stadium” or “Huskies Stadium.”