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Isn't it just appearance money by another name?
But Jeff, that's the point. They do give the networks the script. I generally enjoy watching golf on TV but the constant fawning over Reed's "competitive" drive and BDC's "analytical" approach while avoiding their total doucheness is getting hard to take. Jordan's resurgence is another opportunity to fawn over a chosen one while he has his caddy literally pace his distance to the front of the green each time he's coming in from another fairway...this is several times per round btw. Tiger would have been the epic example of this on those rare instance of him playing a bad tournament and the network giving him more coverage than the leaders while 15 shots back. There is absolutely a coordinated effort from PVB to highlight the people that the world is interested in.The challenge the PGA Tour has is that they don't control any of the recognized premier events, the majors, so they have to react to threats and they clearly have the money.
Maybe we don't even have to play golf at all, or hold any tournaments. Instead of the data nerds looking at Strokes Gained Driving, Approach and Putting, they can crunch the Nielsen Brand Exposure, Q, and MVP ratings numbers for all the top stars and determine a winner, in 'virtual' time & space week after week. Put Jim Nantz in the broadcast booth, Brandel Chamblee back in the studio, and Dottie Pepper 'out of the course' and you have instant 'content' across several media platforms, with never a weather delay or the tedium of actually watching people play golf. Pay the stars a billion dollars (they're worth it) and give us a way to bet on the outcomes (it's more fun when fans have some skin in the game) and I see a real winning formula!!
Think of the help this money would do for new players on Korn Ferry Tour that barely make ends meet. What a shame.
Quote from: Jim Franklin on April 22, 2021, 09:53:48 AMThink of the help this money would do for new players on Korn Ferry Tour that barely make ends meet. What a shame.Completely agreed here Jim, it is a shame. Most of the guys who were approached by the PGL have already turned them down, and at this point in their careers, I suspect most are more interested in their legacy over making a few more bucks at unknown events/venues with limited fields and having to travel to god knows where. Not to mention the big $$$ they're already making from sponsorships beyond tour winnings.