The lack of LPGA Kraft Nabisco TV coverage is pathetic
I’m not what you’d call a “Die Hard” LPGA fan, but I feel like doing some Saturday afternoon cleaning, and a first browse through my channels reveal a choice between NASCAR highlights, NBA Inside Edition and South Park episodes I have saved on my DVR.
I’d rather watch an LPGA major over any Tiger-less PGA Tour event or any Champions Tour event, yet those are on TV later this afternoon.
A little more digging reveals the Golf Channel has the Champions Tour Cap Cana Classic on TV instead of the LPGA, which run opposite of the first Final Four game tonight at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN 2.
Next week at the Masters, you’ll be able to watch Amen Corner online, while having a myriad of options to watch live on TV from Thursday through Sunday. The LPGA can’t even get afternoon coverage of their first major on the tube over the Champions Tour.
I know the LPGA still has a ways to go to narrow the gap between the boys, but the divide should be far smaller than it is presently.
Supply isn’t living up to demand. The LPGA’s marketing suits are selling their tour short, along with my living room that won’t get cleaned now.
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They need to go after the Champions Tour. They must walk into the networks office and explain to them the Champions' Tour ratings are misleading because at least 40% of the viewership has fallen asleep in the recliner - and also explain that advertising with the LPGA is more effective because women are more impulsive buyers than men.
Stereotypical sure, but worth a shot.
I'll take the stereotyping if it gets me some LPGA major coverage - I'm 5 hours ahead on time, so even more annoying. However, YOU should stop making excuses and at least get your socks and underwear into the laundry basket pronto. Sorry, just a Momma moment there.
How did your two horses fare in the Grand National?
Have they finished yet, or are they still running?
Alex USMC 1969-73
As I am sure that you know, the best peolple in the culinary field are men. They have been for years.
Besides bearing children, two activities at which women excel are washing and ironing clothes.
Maybe television can start a series about those two vocations. They would probably exceed the viewership of the LPGA, and would be at least as exciting.
Alex USMC 1969-73
Slim Pickings came 4th having just pecked at the last fence; d'Argent fell at the 27th fence out of 30, having been one of the 3 leaders. Perhaps I should have gone for a place instead of a win, but I was far too shy to ask you how to work out the odds.
BT - Blasted LPGA is on a 11pm tonight, by which time I'll already know the result.
In a rush - husband has just shouted "a table"
(haven't got a French keyboard) as he is busy dishing up delectable meal.
to hear such things? (The latter question, probably a bit obscure, was uttered by the judge in "The Lady Chatterley" censorship court case). Well, he said "read", but same difference. What has it come to that one cannot watch golf or cookery programmes without having one's sensibilities offended?
With your preoccupation with feminine activities, I just know that you were both closet Martha Stewart fans. How you must miss her. I shall try to be more understanding in future.
Wasn't watching myself (was on the course instead). But that's an interesting point regarding the coverage.
Do you think the tour and network are afraid to show bad shots by the women, because they are fighting the notion that the mainstream sports public thinks, as illustrated in other comments on this post, women golfers are no good? So they try and change it by showing nothing but the good stuff...?
I agree that showing the 7 should be a no-brainer. I mean, they show every John Daly 3-footer missed, followed by the obligatory "where's his head? He's probably drunk" comments.
Just in the last year or so, Lorena herself did the same thing, seven on a par three, and without hittin out of bounds or in the water. That one they did show repeatedly.
Look, neither I nor the rest of the viewing public have any grudge against the LPGA or women playing golf in general.
It's just that the LPGA tour is an inferior product. And not just inferior to the PGA, inferior to ANY men's tour anywhere.
The ladies don't have the length off the tee, the short game of the male pros, and their putting is woefully inadequate when compared to the men.
I've been to an LPGA major in Wilmington, DE in 2003 where not one of the women could reach a 495-yard par five in THREE SHOTS in any round.
Not very exciting , to say the least.
After viewing a men's tournament, the ladies appear to be playing in slow motion.
The LPGA tour is to any men's tour as the Pop Warner league is to the NFL.
The viewership corresponds.
Alex USMC 1969-73
Sounds to me like Alex hasn't been paying much attention since 2003, but hey, to each his own. My problem is with the golf media, which consistently gets the LPGA wrong. If the people paid to write on golf aren't paying attention, why should TV execs? That's why I'm reading Waggle Room, Hound Dog's LPGA Blog, The Florida Masochist, and Seoul Sisters discussion boards. Eventually the rest of the golf media will catch up to them.
You may have a penchant for watching women's golf despite the poor play relative to the men, but the fact remains that most people want to see the best. You mentioned women's tennis, but what you may realize is that it benefits from an illusion. To wit: that the women are much better than they actually are. I expounded on this here a year or so ago (I was a tennis pro), and I'm not going to take the time again. Suffice it to say, however, that many labor under the illusion that the women are fairly close to the men in terms of ability. And I'm firmly convinced that were it not for this misconception, women's tennis never would have gotten very popular at all.
My point is that as long as people understand that the competitors in a given women's sport aren't as good as the best junior boys, they'll be about as interested in watching them as watching those boys.
Most people want to see the best.
I think that "The Constructivist" unwittingly touched upon one reason for the relative unpopularity of the LPGA tour when he casually mentioned the names of the two Korean ladies.
Now, there can be little doubt that the influx of the numerous Korean women and girls on the LPGA tour have greatly enhanced the quality of the competition. What is confounding and, in my opinion, in large part responsible for the apathy, are the sheer numbers of excellent Korean female golfers,and the accompanying incomprehensible blizzard of names and lack of personal recognition.
There is nothing personal or prejudicial about this observation, just an obvious fact.
Put it this way: If the names of Mi Hyun Kim, Seon Hwa Lee, Na Yeon Choi, Jee Young Lee, Yani Tseng, Jeong Jang, Shiho Oyama, Ai Miyazato, Shi Hyun Ahn Soo-Yun Kang Il Mi Chung Sung Ah Yun Eun-Hee Ji and Jin-Joo Hong were put to a page along with their photographs, how many American golf fans would be able to match the names with the pictures?
KJ Choi, Shigeki Maruyama, and a few other Asian male golfers are recognizable in the US and Europe because they are excellent golfers AND they are very few in number.
Maybe that assessment may not be kosher to the PC crowd but that's the way it is.
Alex USMC 1969-73
It doesn't matter a fig why women's tennis is popular - can't you sit back, grind your teeth, and let the rest of us enjoy it?
Fleetingly I thought Alex might have a point re the Asian players as I don't know any of them - don't feel for one moment that this makes me rascist, (Whooa, Alex, you accidentally said "excellent.. female golfers"), but I would have watched for my favourite trio of Lorena, Annika and Suzann at the Kraft Nabisco anyway given half a chance. Did better on that one than I did on the gee-gees too.
You surely must realize that when an astute, erudite individual like the Judge refers to the "best," he means the best competition.
And when I said that the Korean ladies were "excellent FEMALE golfers" I mistakenly didn't put sufficient emphasis on the word "female." Kindly note the correction.
Alex USMC 1969-73
Yes, there's no doubt that the influx of Asian players has done little for the marketability of the LPGA Tour. Many will think I'm trying to incite trouble with what follows, but in a figurative sense it's true. As Archie Bunker might say, "Them people all look alike." They don't really (and I dated a couple years ago; the second one was gorgeous, and I can tell you that the first one did not look like she did!) My point is that, for all intents and purposes as far as the market is concerned, they are interchangeable, as you indicated. They're all Asian, they generally don't speak English well, and they're lacking in personality. I don't condemn them, mind you; I understand that our culture is somewhat alien to them and that they just go about their business. Nevertheless, the market does not discriminate, except between those who can deliver the goods and those who can't. And here that involves being entertaining.
Anyway, I'm amazed that you were able to list so many of those Asian players. If you had that all committed to memory, you're a better man than I. Or did you just drop spoons?
While Joe Sports Fan may group "Team Korea" together, in Asia it's a different story. The LPGA should try and embrace the emerging Asian market more. Heck, throw a major over there while it's hot or at least have more events over there.
I did not say "Asian-looking"; I said Asian. Obviously, Bubbles wouldn't fall into the same category because she's an American and has a rudimentary command of the language. As for personality, not only isn't it lacking in her case, she has an abundance of it. If only it were the right kind.