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Re: Coronavirus Crisis impact on Golf

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Tue, May 26 2020 9:38 AM by Yiannis1970. 3 replies.
  • Silverwax United Kingdom
    34 Posts
    Sun, May 10 2020 3:01 AM

    From BBC Sport golf Correspondent-Iain Carter

     

    A significantly changed world with potentially a men's global tour awaits professional golf when it fully returns, according to a leading sports lawyer.

    As well as a potential merger between the PGA and European Tours, the sport is facing immediate challenges over player status, world ranking points and Ryder Cup qualification. 

    These are the views of Oliver Hunt, founding partner of London based Onside Law. His company works across all sports and represents and helps manage some of the biggest names in European golf. 

    Hunt believes the environment for the professional game will be substantially altered by the time the current emergency passes. "Sadly it is inevitable," he told BBC Sport. 

    Prior to the coronavirus pandemic that has halted sport worldwide there was already turbulence in the golf market because of the emergence of Premier Golf League's plans for a 48-player breakaway circuit. 

    "The PGL was challenging the incumbents anyway. Whether or not this will give them an opportunity or a knockout blow remains to be seen," Hunt said.

    "But I think, probably, this crisis may well hit the European Tour harder and therefore I think it will accelerate a notion of a global tour at some point."

    There will be no tournaments on the European Tour until the British Masters in the last week of July at the very earliest. Players have been warned that September is a more realistic month for resumption.

  • DylanMoran Canada
    6 Posts
    Thu, May 14 2020 8:30 AM

    This just proves how sickly dependent professional sports are on money that comes from audiences, sponsorships and ads. Until the 1980s, sports events could be held without TV and without much cash, and it was more than fine. Sports were played for, wait for it, sports. Since around 1985 and especially after 1992, it's all just become a huge business, with professional athletes making ludicrous amounts which only resulted in common, regular people being pushed out of sports venues as spectators due to ridiculous admission fees/ticket prices, so now it's mostly the wealthy people who attend games/matches (and spend loads of money betting on pro sports as well). Pfoooot.

    If it were still about sports, then golf tournaments could easily be played without much worry about safety, and income from TV deals and TV commercials would be more than sufficient to cover for all expenses and prizes.

  • KYLANDER Germany
    941 Posts
    Mon, May 25 2020 2:49 PM

    Very well said, Dylan.

  • Yiannis1970 Greece
    1,734 Posts
    Tue, May 26 2020 9:38 AM

    DylanMoran:

    This just proves how sickly dependent professional sports are on money that comes from audiences, sponsorships and ads. Until the 1980s, sports events could be held without TV and without much cash, and it was more than fine. Sports were played for, wait for it, sports. Since around 1985 and especially after 1992, it's all just become a huge business, with professional athletes making ludicrous amounts which only resulted in common, regular people being pushed out of sports venues as spectators due to ridiculous admission fees/ticket prices, so now it's mostly the wealthy people who attend games/matches (and spend loads of money betting on pro sports as well). Pfoooot.

    If it were still about sports, then golf tournaments could easily be played without much worry about safety, and income from TV deals and TV commercials would be more than sufficient to cover for all expenses and prizes.

     

    Game, set and match!!

     

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