Thursday, March 06, 2008
I really don't know how the whole "In Partnership With ESPN" thing works, but there are a multitude of websites that ESPN has brought on to add online content. One of those is Golf World and a writer for the magazine/website is none too happy with the network...
My friends at ESPN have decided golf is no longer worthy of more than a drive-by on "SportsCenter," maybe 15 seconds after a race-car reporter gives me three minutes on Jimmie Johnson's intake manifold prior to the start of the GreaseMonkey 500. If Tiger Woods is playing, however, we might get a half-dozen highlights and Stuart Scott's best Flip Wilson impersonation....Well then. Golf is such an enigma these days, but the "Tiger Factor" plays such a huge role in coverage. I'm willing to be that Mr. Hawkins won't feel this way when ESPN covers the first two rounds of the Masters this year. It's like they make up for all of the lack of coverage in two days.
It's arrogant. It's a bit irresponsible. More than anything, it's so petty. The worldwide leader can talk all it wants about how golf doesn't fit its demographics, but there are a zillion middle-aged men in this country whose only use for the remote is to turn on ESPN. A lot of them play golf. I'm relatively certain more than a few of them care about what's going on in pro golf, even at the Honda Classic.
Editor's note: John Hawkins appears regularly on Golf Channel, but even if he didn't, he would still be mad at ESPN because of its lack of golf coverage. Trust us.
The Angry Golfer: Hey ESPN—Give Golf Its Due (Golf Digest)