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(Awful Announcing)   As if you needed another reason to not watch Fox's pathetic excuse of a sports network, the Bonesaw Tour is set to buy airtime on there   (awfulannouncing.com) divider line
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304 clicks; posted to Sports » on 28 Sep 2022 at 7:55 AM (8 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-09-28 7:15:41 AM  
Setting aside their horrible human rights' record, why would the Saudis invest in a golf league?  Golf is becoming increasingly irrelevant with the younger generations and Saudi has no naturally growing grass to play golf.  It's almost as if having one of the most bass ackwards, in-bred bunch of peckerwoods on the planet  a surplus of billions of dollars a year would result if excess and bad ideas...
 
2022-09-28 8:59:23 AM  

LordBeavis: Setting aside their horrible human rights' record, why would the Saudis invest in a golf league?  Golf is becoming increasingly irrelevant with the younger generations and Saudi has no naturally growing grass to play golf.  It's almost as if having one of the most bass ackwards, in-bred bunch of peckerwoods on the planet  a surplus of billions of dollars a year would result if excess and bad ideas...


Yeah, I'm not seeing the value here.  Supposedly they're sportswashing, but sportswashing what?  Everyone knows it's the bonesaw country that sponsors it.  They've taken mostly the older golfers and the people nobody likes (DeChambeau and Reed).  They only play 54 holes and they only have 9 tournaments including a "championship" that everyone is allowed to enter.

Golf does have less viewers and is increasingly irrelevant to younger people (total courses in the US are down 11% from 2006), but the viewers it does have tend to have more money to spend.

This is just not a compelling product.  For viewers, it offers no improvement over the PGA.  But the Saudis have trillions of dollars.  They can throw money at this for decades.  They lost billions on WeWork and it was just a rounding error.
 
2022-09-28 9:13:12 AM  
One thing about the LIV tour is that various right-wing sources have been harping on it.  I follow a few golf related things on FaceBook and so FB has been sending me LIV vs. PGA content.  There are a ton of rednecks who have never been on a golf course in their life (assuming they aren't fakes) yammering about the unjust treatment of golfers by the PGA.  This is a consistent talking point.  I don't see why anyone should care besides the golfers themselves (they are independent contractors in PGA whereas LIV players are categorized as employees), but I certainly don't see why Darryl from Lake City, FL gives a shiat.
 
2022-09-28 9:32:02 AM  

LordBeavis: Setting aside their horrible human rights' record, why would the Saudis invest in a golf league?  Golf is becoming increasingly irrelevant with the younger generations and Saudi has no naturally growing grass to play golf.  It's almost as if having one of the most bass ackwards, in-bred bunch of peckerwoods on the planet  a surplus of billions of dollars a year would result if excess and bad ideas...


To view it as an investment in only golfing terms would be to miss the forest comprised of geopolitics through soft power for the one specific tree of golf which it is not about. It is Saudi Arabian foreign policy under the guise of something else, a practice which all nations on the international stage engage in with varying degrees of separation between the policy and those enacting it. With Saudi Arabia it is less a case of private businesses having their conduct shaped by the policy of their government and more the government itself carrying it out.
 
2022-09-28 9:39:57 AM  

LordBeavis: Setting aside their horrible human rights' record, why would the Saudis invest in a golf league?  Golf is becoming increasingly irrelevant with the younger generations and Saudi has no naturally growing grass to play golf.  It's almost as if having one of the most bass ackwards, in-bred bunch of peckerwoods on the planet  a surplus of billions of dollars a year would result if excess and bad ideas...


Global money laundering potential and a way to "meet" with other like minded wealthy people around the world to further their cause.  I would think Trump hosting an event was pretty clear proof of that.
 
2022-09-28 1:58:43 PM  

LordBeavis: Setting aside their horrible human rights' record, why would the Saudis invest in a golf league?  Golf is becoming increasingly irrelevant with the younger generations and Saudi has no naturally growing grass to play golf.  It's almost as if having one of the most bass ackwards, in-bred bunch of peckerwoods on the planet  a surplus of billions of dollars a year would result if excess and bad ideas...


Ever see a store front and wonder how they pay the lease?
Know how money is laundered?
 
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