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Tiger on Thursday: TV or not TV?

Posted on: March 31, 2010 8:41 am
 
Two of the key questions relating to next week's Masters involve how club officials will handle the pairings dilemma and when Tiger Woods will hit his opening Augusta National shot.

That is, which unlucky saps will be paired with Woods in the first two rounds, putting them in the eye of the storm as he concludes a 144-day layoff after enduring one of the biggest public-relations disasters in sports history, and how much will be seen on TV?

Just for the record, below is the complete list of his playing partners at Augusta since he turned pro, courtesy of the Associated Press. Also note the tee times, which are interesting in that the ESPN broadcast window on Thursday is from 4-7:30 p.m. Based on past history, it seems fair to say that in a best-case scenario, only his back nine will be televised live. The latest he has teed off is 1:52 p.m.

If he tees off in the morning wave, before noon, it stands to reason that nary a shot will be seen live on the network since he'll likely be finished by 4 p.m.

2009 _ 1:52 p.m.    Stewart Cink, Jeev Milkha Singh
2008 _ 10:45 a.m.  Angel Cabrera, Stuart Appleby
2007 _ 1:52 p.m.    Paul Casey, Aaron Baddeley
2006 _ 10:23 a.m.  a-Edoardo Molinari, Robert Allenby
2005 _ 1:33 p.m.    Darren Clarke, Carlos Franco
2004 _ 1:30 p.m.    a-Casey Wittenberg, Thomas Bjorn
2003 _ 10:44 a.m.  a-Ricky Barnes, Angel Cabrera
2002 _ 10:53 a.m.  a-Bubba Dickerson, Toshi Izawa
2001 _ 12:57 p.m.  a-Mikko Ilonen, Mike Weir
2000 _ 10:58 a.m.  a-Aaron Baddeley, Stewart Cink
1999 _ 10:38 a.m.  a-Sergio Garcia, Tim Herron
1998 _ 1:30 p.m.    a-Matt Kuchar
1997 _ 1:44 p.m.    Nick Faldo

(Note: a = amateur):
Category: Golf
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BUCKIXWIFE
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Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: April 1, 2010 12:10 am
 

Tiger on Thursday: TV or not TV?

You're just too into the "I don't like Tiger" feeling to be logical.  The ratings go up when he plays, the attendance goes up when he plays, and the money in the PGA has gone up because of him.  Those are not "myths" they are FACTS.



Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2010 11:23 pm
 

Tiger on Thursday: TV or not TV?

Im praying to any god that i can think of that the golf channel stays the golf channel (and cbs to)and doesnt morph back into the tiger channel.There are other golfers and we want to see them too!!!!



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2010 10:52 pm
 

You and reality don't see eye to eye

Reality? you don't know the meaning of the work tool. You are just a hater and a loser that can't accept the fact. We are here for you dude we can set you straight. Worry not.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2010 10:44 pm
 

Tiger on Thursday: TV or not TV?

this is for sidtheman...you really need a life...and before you post again, try and learn how to spell corectly  correctly, it's rather annoying trying to read your rediculous ridiculous dribble. And secondly what do you care about his wife or children. Raise your own children and keep your nose out of other peoples people's lives. That would be well served for alot a lot of people who like to judge. Its a simple phrase..." mind your own buisness  business".


Wow !! Seriously dude ???  Sidtheman I clearly see has a brain... do you??  As for spelling mistakes... OH MY GOD....  you have about 5spelling mistakes in a 3 line paragraph and you're talking about him????

Moron.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2010 10:34 pm
 

Tiger on Thursday: TV or not TV?

do you really understand the advertising? they'll pay competitively higher whenever the slots that showing tiger are on air. that's translate to higher revenue!!!! of course they don't increase 50% but much higher rate. higher viewers mean more revenue!! duh?

I make my living in sales and advertising so I fully understand how it works and once again you are wrong.   First of all, "higher viewers" as you put it doesn't always guarantee more revenue and it certainly NEVER guarantees a "much higher" rate.   In advertising there will be major sponsors that will refuse to spend one nickel more then they did before Tiger took off for a while and the network will not argue with them nor will they stop them from advertising.  As experts have said the gang that follows Tiger is not your typical crowd so advertisers couldn't care less about them.  What they are after is the real golf crowd.... they are the buyers and aren't there just to watch Tiger.

Finally, what part of golf grew by 29 percent this year was tough for you to understand ??  The first 3 months of this year was 29 percent higher as far as viewership goes then the first 3 months of the year before.  Both of those periods did not include Tiger.

So even if advertisers pay 20 percent more when Tiger is golfing ( and that would be the maximum increase you would ever see)  they are still benefiting because the game grew more then that and the real fans amount to more then the 20 percent increase...

Ahhhh... I think I just wasted my time didn't I???  Because the truth is, YOU don't understand advertising ..... 



Since: Apr 17, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2010 10:21 pm
 

Tiger on Thursday: TV or not TV?

I'll watch something else this time around and wait for the networks to get their fill of Tiger before I come back...That puts you in the minority, my friend.  Golf's TV ratings soar when Tiger's playing, and when he's in the hunt on Sunday, golf DOMINATES the ratings.  Without Tiger, folks might trip over the coverage while channel surfing and then watch a hole or two, but Tiger's effect on viewers when he's got the red shirt on on almost HYPNOTIC.

Of course we're talking about PRE-scandal Tiger here, and while CBS will undoubtedly see record ratings next weekend (assuming Tiger makes the cut), there's no telling how the viewership will be over the long haul.  ME? I'll watch, but I'll be rooting for Cedar Rapids, IA native Zach Johnson.




Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2010 10:14 pm
 

Tiger on Thursday: TV or not TV?

this is for sidtheman...you really need a life...and before you post again, try and learn how to spell corectly, it's rather annoying trying to read your rediculous dribble. And secondly what do you care about his wife or children. Raise your own children and keep your nose out of other peoples lives. That would be well served for alot of people who like to judge. Its a simple phrase..." mind your own buisness".



Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2010 10:08 pm
 

Tiger on Thursday: TV or not TV?

If this world had it's moral compass in check and realized that there is more to life than gossip, tabloids and people like Tiger Woods, then CBS would see to it that Tiger did not get on TV once.  However, we unfortunately live in a country where the combined IQ of the general public is the equivalent of Thanksgiving turkey.

We constantly reward those that make poor decisions, hurt people, commit crimes and walk around with such an inflated sense of entitlement.  Not that these last four months have not been saturated with everyone's angle on the Tiger saga, but now there are thousands of sports people, executives and marketing firms who are drooling over the Masters, because their fiture employment rests is directly tied to it.

Fact is, the golf world, fans and every fair-weather sports enthusiasts could care less about Tiger Woods, the actual person.  There are scores of men and women who do the things Tiger Woods has done, just on a much more common level.  Families get torn apart, people are hurt, jobs are lost and there is no one in the public who could care less. 

All the fans care about is the glamour that goes along with this story and how juicy the details can get, so they can buy a magazine a read about it.  All the while, they could actually be doing something productive with their time.  I listened to Colin Cowherd ramble on and on, in his usual pompous way, about Tiger, all morning.  Sports radio is usually a good way to make the workday pass faster, but after three hours of Cowherd, I wanted 5 minutes with him, ina padded, sound-proof room!

The sooner Tiger gets back, the better.  Golf only cares about the dollars he brings in, so you can count on a late tee-time so the advertising dollars are through the roof.

I sincerely wih Tiger the best and am tired of specualting and wondering what he actually did and how he did it.  I rather see him choose to never play again, takes his billion dollars and spend a lifetime investing in his wife and children.  Be an advocate for those who make the same horrible choices and help people understand the collateral damage it causes.  It is not worth, regardless who you are...even the great Tiger Woods.

I cannot wait until I can listen to a sports show and hear about regular, old-school, 19070's & 80's sports.  The tabloid sensationalism is ridiculous and I am about over it.

When does football start?  Haha!



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