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Comment from: LPGAfan [Visitor]
Bivens IS THE PROBLEM! She is the one who pushed the new media credentials without first getting any input. Just don't cover the event, if enough of the media start doing that, my guess is the LPGA will either fail or come crawling back and apologize for the way they have treated the media this year. Arogant and heavy handed is the way they have been going about business. Good luck to them.
2006-05-16 @ 19:35
Comment from: putt4par [Visitor]
Funny thing about the internet bloggers and the forums, I can find out more about what is happening thru the internet and faster than I can if I'm trying to find t on tv or the radio.
Radio audiences don't seem to care, just give them lots of Snivel and whine music (aka country music) and they are happy.
With TV, it's all about commercials. They'll cut off reports and updates to bring you the latest information abou Glad garbge bags or expound lyrically for hours about feminine
protection or mouthwash.

So yeah, I'd like to see more internet bloggers and reporters. It's a darn sight faster with less hastle from adverts.
I think I'll just post this to the mustached ladies at the lpga storefront.
2006-05-16 @ 20:17
Comment from: Kyle [Visitor]

I thought her background was in marketing and public relations???

She has made so many questionable decisions regarding the media lately I'm starting to doubt her ability to be LPGA commissioner.
2006-05-16 @ 21:23
Comment from: putt4par [Visitor]
Well, I got a notice that the email had been read. Much as what that says, lol.
2006-05-16 @ 22:01
Comment from: Wayne [Visitor]
Maybe the LPGA got wind of a certain Chris Baldwin and his juvenile rantings against a 16-year-old girl in WorldGolf.com's website. That's tit for tat, deal with it.
2006-05-17 @ 03:46
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor]
Bivens doesn't have much to say about LPGA policies:

LPGA Board of Directors: The overall responsibility for the management of the LPGA ultimately remains under the exclusive direction of the LPGA Board of Directors. The Board is composed of five independent directors and the LPGA Tour Executive Committee. The commissioner serves as an ex-officio board member and a representative of the LPGA Teaching & Club Professional Division is invited to all Board meetings. The Board of Directors' general responsibilities include long-range planning; final authority regarding general policy; counseling in the areas of legal, corporate, member and sponsor relationships; and the evaluation of the LPGA management, as well as other responsibilities mandated by the LPGA Constitution. The five independent directors of the 2006 LPGA Board of Directors are: Edwin L. Artzt, the retired chairman of the board and CEO of Procter and Gamble; Rae Evans, chairwoman of the LPGA Board of Directors and founder and president of Evans Capitol Group; W. Grant Gregory, founder of Gregory & Hoenemeyer, Inc.; Dawn Hudson, president and CEO, Pepsi-Cola North America, PepsiCo, Inc.; Charles S. Mechem, Jr., commissioner emeritus of the LPGA and retired chairman of the Convergys Corporation; and Marguerite Sallee, president and CEO of America's Promise—The Alliance for Youth, who is also the founder and retired chairman and CEO of Bright Horizons.
2006-05-17 @ 05:29
Comment from: Stacy [Visitor]
To putt4par: In my opinion, blogger/podcast media put an entirely different spin on what they're discussing. The news is just that...dry, but it gives you basics like scores and cuts. This is why the new media is becoming popular. It's engaging.

Wayne, I would be able to "deal with it" better if I even KNEW Chris Baldwin. Every person should stand on their own merits.
2006-05-17 @ 09:36
Comment from: putt4par [Visitor]
"In my opinion, blogger/podcast media put an entirely different spin on what they're discussing"

Yes, I agree. I can't see the old newspaper types/groups being happy with any interaction from the public. They'd get the over the tops, the middle of the road and lowbies like Alex, and a few others, all arguing the merits of there news piece. Why heavens, the actual truth about certain stories might surface before a reporter go to milk it for maximum effect, lol.

The potential is astounding. No way could the spin doctors control bloggers, lol

It's scenario that begs for action.

2006-05-17 @ 10:03
Comment from: Bob [Visitor]
Just curious, as I've seen travelgolf.com tout its traffic numbers many times. You said the "network" has 2.5 million readers a month -- does that mean 2.5 million page views, or 2.5 million unique visitors?
2006-05-17 @ 13:36
Comment from: Bob Dobbs [Visitor]
"2.5 million"?!?!?!?!

And you are demanding respect for your credibility?

What you need is a reality check and a fact check (and a severe EGO check).

After the sexist crap that is spouted on this site I can't imagine the LPGA would take anyone here very seriously.
2006-05-17 @ 14:41
Comment from: putt4par [Visitor]
Comment from: Bob Dobbs [Visitor]
"2.5 million"?!?!?!?!

And you are demanding respect for your credibility?

What you need is a reality check and a fact check (and a severe EGO check).

After the sexist crap that is spouted on this site I can't imagine the LPGA would take anyone here very seriously.

Umm, Bob Dobbs. Look up, way up. See the URL for the Golf for beginners URL?

That...THAT is who Stacy and Barry are. Not Baldwin and his notorious gibberish.

They are a syndicated column with GolfPublisher Syndications . Something like the syndicated columns you read in your daily newspaper. Can you follow that now?

Just because you don't agree with every columnist in the New Yorker or the Christian Science Monitor, are you going to deny all reporters from those papers, any credentials for reporting?
And you are demanding respect for your credibility?
I might ask where your dredibility is.
What you need is a reality check and a fact check (and a severe EGO check).
Yes, I'd say you really should check into your reality. Read what is on the whole page not just a few of the parts. As for your ego.. Check it at the door as you leave home. Believe it or not, you aren't Mr Wonderful yourself.

2006-05-17 @ 14:56
Comment from: Wayne [Visitor]
Stacy, I know you don't have anything to do with Baldwin, but the fact that Baldwin is a writer for WorldGolf.com, and as you say reaches 2.5 million golfers a month, it is possible the LPGA has put the kibosh on your web site.

It only takes a couple of complaints to raise a red flag -- blacklisting is nothing new. For them it's simply guilt by association. Of course, all this is just conjecture on my part.

2006-05-17 @ 16:32
Comment from: Stacy Solomon [Visitor]
Mr. Dobbs, I do not demand respect for our credibility, I just asked for a couple of media passes. We live and work locally and try to create buzz about the LPGA whenever possible, not only because they could use spreading of their name but because I happen to follow the female golfers each week and enjoy writing about them. I also have several questions that I would ask the ladies if we attended.

Also, please take a moment and read some of our blogs on Golf for Beginners. I doubt that you will find them sexist in any way.

Also, the dictionary lists the word "ego" as a person's sense of self esteem. Yes, if that's they way you meant it, we both have high levels of self esteem.
2006-05-17 @ 16:43
Comment from: LPGAfan [Visitor]
One-Putt: Regardless of what that says, the Commissioner, who unfortunately happens to be Bivens at this particular time, does RUN the Tour and makes the decisions. The Commissioner REPORTS to the BOD.
2006-05-17 @ 23:10
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor]
LPGA Board of Directors: The overall responsibility for the management of the LPGA ultimately remains under the exclusive direction of the LPGA Board of Directors.

That was taken directly from the LPGA site LPGAfan. Bivens is a puppet of the board.

This line confirms her status:

The commissioner serves as an ex-officio board member.

She sits on the board, but does not have a vote.

So LPGAfan who would you say runs the LPGA because it is not Bivens. The real power behind the LPGA is an Executive Committee (LPGA members only) and the Board of Directors.

2006-05-18 @ 05:48
Comment from: Jay [Visitor]
I don't know the policy of LPGA on Internet media, but I copied from United Nations website on their policy
Online media must meet the following requirements:

1.The web publication must belong to a registered company, such as a media organization, and have a specific, verifiable non-web address and a telephone number.
2.The online journal requesting accreditation for its correspondent must have a substantial amount of original news content or commentary or analysis on international issues.
3.If the web site is new, the applicant seeking accreditation must provide the latest data on the site's visitors or other relevant material (press citations, etc.) about the outlet's audience. The applicant must have an established record of having written extensively on international issues.

Does WorldGolf blog meet there criteria ?
2006-05-18 @ 19:43
Comment from: Andrew Cooke [Visitor]
Interesting news!! I have set up an internet golf channel www.golfbug.tv in the UK, and I am featuring the PGA European Tour on the channel. I am hoping to feature highlight and behind the scenes coverage of all world tours including the LPGA, and I wonder if I will get the same reception. I can't see this being anything other than positive for the Tour. Surely its good for building a global profile?
2006-05-21 @ 13:40
Comment from: Megan Heckeroth [Visitor]
Worldgolf.com does generate 2.5 million visitors according to Nielsen Netratings (if you subscribe to it). it is ranked as the 52,741st site in the World. As a comparison, Tiger's website generates about 4 million visitors per year and is ranked 29,579th.
This is fact.
It is unfortunate that the LPGA is not granting you media passes because you probably have a reach that is 10 times the "paper" outlets they allowed in there.
2006-05-21 @ 20:15
Comment from: Stacy Solomon [Visitor]
Thanks Megan! The new media will prevail!!!
2006-05-22 @ 18:49
Comment from: Renee Cain [Visitor]
I also write a blog, about women's golf. I live and blog in the Palm Springs area, and requested a media pass to the Kraft Nabisco Championship. I was denied, even when I told them I did not wish to photograph, only to interview and have access to the media center to listen into interviews. They told me they did not recognize the internet as an authentic media outlet. I went anyway and wrote some good stories based on observations. This was the tournament where the TV coverage cut away before Karrie Webb did the famous jump into the lake to celebrate her win. In some markets they did not even show her playoff with Lorena Ochoa. So the traditional media does a crappy job, but the LPGA is not giving anyone else a chance either. I am going to report on the Samsung Championship in Palm Desert in October, I am sure without media credentials but I will pay my way in an write about it anyway!
2006-05-22 @ 22:43
Comment from: Stacy Solomon [Visitor]
I could never understand why television cuts away before a tournaments ends. I think viewers want to see what happens afterwards, the fanfare, the handing over of the check, etc.

Let's also take a look at how traditional writers (and reporters) got their respective positions. Sure they had to interview but they probably began their careers in low-level jobs and climbed the corporate ladders. So obviously they want the new media to struggle as well.

You keep writing Renee and let's show traditional media that we're here to stay!
2006-05-23 @ 17:01
Comment from: bob [Visitor]
I understand your frustration. I am trying to establish myself (website/blog/podcast) as a legitimate media outlet and to obtain media credentials for a particular area event. It's very tough to get started because many venues require a sample of previous coverage but how can you have previous coverage if you cannot access the same resources as established media!

Please keep up the good work and don't be too discouraged.

2006-06-11 @ 23:48

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