The golf press corps received a somewhat disturbing email this afternoon from PGA Tour Executive Vice President of Communications & International Affairs:
So I guess this means no pre-tournament press conference next week at Memorial? Kudos to Team Tiger for listening to the feedback after his taped hostage video experiment last month. I love that “LIVE” is capitalized in the above tweet.
I’m a little hesitant to admit I actually watched what some media members have dubbed as “Tiger’s hostage video” (which is published here ) more than once without dozing off — and this is coming from a person who can barely see straight after driving through the night from New Orleans to Charlotte (yes, play those tiny violins, please!). It was a tough fight and touch-and-go at times, but I made it.
I only got through because I wanted to spare you from spending those precious 14 minutes and 18 seconds of your time in more interesting ways, like reading this post and sharing your insights/opinions.
The Australian press checked out the PGA Tour media regulations for the upcoming Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne, and let’s just say they weren’t big fans. Their complaints resonate with what the American golf media has challenged since the rules haven’t been altered appropriately in a world where so many people rely on social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) for their sports updates from on-site reporters.
PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem, who was joined by CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus and NBC Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus via the phone, held a press conference at TPC Boston, the site of this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship, to announce that the Tour has reached nine-year television agreements with CBS and NBC, extending rights through 2021.
Back in March my friend and WUP’s head researcher, Intern Kevin, introduced me to Steve Elkington’s website, Secret in the Dirt. I finally checked it out after weeks of hearing him rave about the hysterical and legendary videos. Turned out Intern Kevin was right — the content was unique and interesting (some more than others, but depends on what you’re looking for), and I couldn’t believe this was the first I’d heard of it.