LPGA should follow WTA's lead and cash in on Wie, young hot talent
All the cat fights that have taken place on our little blog boards make me wonder: When is the LPGA going to cash in on the high drama they currently possess?
What’s the difference between tennis and golf? Not much. They’re both sissy country club sports that require hand-eye coordination over brute strength. Cute young girls in skirts will never go out of style as well. LPGA players also play a more similar game to 95-percent of amateur golfers, meaning they can relate more to a 160-yard 7-iron over pitching wedge.
However, corporate sponsorships in golf heavily outweigh tennis. The message must be delivered to the men writing the checks the LPGA is an undervalued bull market, which it is.
Jim Cramer on MSNBC’s Mad Money would say it’s a definite ‘BOO YA!!”
Simply put: The LPGA is completely under-achieving in allowing its purses and corporate sponsorships to be miniscule compared to the boys. The PGA currently lacks any big storyline, while the LPGA has several.
The NBA has Lebron and Wade, NHL has Ovechkin, Ward and Crosby, the NFL has Reggie Bush, the LPGA has a sorority of talented young women vs. the home-schooled kid, and the PGA has a bunch of good foreigners, none of which the USA fan base will ever embrace.
The window may not be open too long. A men’s golf phenom is sure to emerge in the next couple years, Tiger may start trying more than six times a year – and Michelle Wie’s flame may burn out faster than expected.
It’s now or never for the LPGA.
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Most guys I know are afraid to watch the LPGA tour...Wie's shorts keep getting shorter, the average age of tour Lolitas is decreasing, and the LPGA frankly has no answer...How do you "sell" underaged girls to an adult viewership? You can't do a Jan Stephenson-1980s-sexiness thing, nor can you take a "stay in school" tack, as most of them don't.
Whatever these girls say about Michelle backfires anyway.They come off looking bad.
Opinions are like aZZholes, everybody has one. Some are full of sh*t, others have run out of sh*t and the rest don't give a sh*t!
I'd say where the LPGA and it's silliness are concerned, I would have to be like the last opinion.
MW is going to go her own way. She is one very stubborn young lady. I think the LPGA will end up looking very foolish in a couple of years time if not sooner.
If they haven't already offered her a card, they will soon and I'm betting she tells them very nicely to take a hike.
Heck, the women on my local publinks usually can't break 90 and certainly can't hit a 7-iron 160 yards.
The bitchy comments from the LPGA players including Se Ri Pak are shallow and basically stupid (considering the kind of scrutiny and struggles, Se Ri has gone through, she should know better--she just lost to a 16 year old and it probably hurt her pride more than anything else).
The ladies should just focus on what they need to do just like Michelle is focused on what she needs to do. I don't hear her making any disparaging remarks about her fellow competitors.
Everybody keeps talking about her endorsement contracts, but even with the large sponsorships. she is working even harder and she is becoming better and better. If this whole thing is about envy with regards to Michelle's endorsements then the rest of the players should get better agents. I suspect, with Michelle, this is about becoming the best player so she can consistently play well on whatever tour she can and win wherever she can. Just give her time.
"Why on earth?", I asked from under a headful of aluminum foil.
"Because I can see their swings and learn something," he explained. "The guys swing so fast, whenever TV announcers describe a man's swing, I wonder how they can even SEE their hands."
In the interest of full disclosure, it must also be said he thinks the players are getting cuter.