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Old 07-28-2004, 12:29 AM   #1
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Default Is golf more popular than tennis?

Personally, I think golf is for old people. (still happy Mike won the Masters though)
But anyways, is it true that golf is the more popular sport since in Canada we have more golf coverage and we also have a golf channel but nothing for tennis.
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Old 07-28-2004, 12:32 AM   #2
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Among MTF posters? No
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Old 07-28-2004, 01:18 AM   #3
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I think there is more money in golf. Meaning that sponsors are willing to bring out the big bucks because they know they can target a certain demographic with it (rich white old guys with lots of money). This translates to lots of money in sponsorship, meaning more TV coverage.

Tennis has a more mixed demographic. Although it has been called an "elite" sport, in reality you have a mixed bag watching it; meaning demographic targeting is much harder for firms.

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I think there is more money in golf. Meaning that sponsors are willing to bring out the big bucks because they know they can target a certain demographic with it (rich white old guys with lots of money). This translates to lots of money in sponsorship, meaning more TV coverage.

Tennis has a more mixed demographic. Although it has been called an "elite" sport, in reality you have a mixed bag watching it; meaning demographic targeting is much harder for firms.

But great question!
And great answer! I completely agree.
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Tennis has a more mixed demographic. Although it has been called an "elite" sport, in reality you have a mixed bag watching it; meaning demographic targeting is much harder for firms.
You are right, there is definitely more prize money in golf. For example, in last week's Irish Open, the winner got something like 200,000 euro. And this isn't even a particularly large tournament on the European golf tour.
Re the demographics: it's true that tennis probably attracts the more 'casual' tv viewer than golf, but at actual participation level, I think it is nearly as elitist as golf. By this I mean the cost of joining a tennis club, lessons etc. In Germany at least, a lot of people are put off by the prices being charged, even though they are supposedly less than in tennis' heyday of Becker and Graf, when everyone wanted to play.
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Yes, it is. But I always wonder why? - Is Golf a difficult sport to play than anyother?
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Default Re: Is golf more popular than tennis?

god, I think golf is absolutely boring, and true, for old people. maybe I'm wrong, cos I've never played it.who knows.
in Spain, golf isn't more popular than tennis, this one is the second sport here.
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Yes, it is. But I always wonder why? - Is Golf a difficult sport to play than anyother?
While many people can get by playing tennis without lessons (at least at a very basic level) Golf is much harder to learn to enjoy on one's own without at least some basic instruction. I would think that tennis gets HARDER as you learn more.

Another fact is that it takes a lot more money to play golf (despite tennis also being an "elite" sport)

There are plenty of free public courts and very cheap clubs where I live; while in order to play golf you need to join a country club, or play for about $60US per day.

Another thing is the time investment part of it. People can always find 1.5-2 hours to play tennis...but golf requires much more time (Because, unlike in tennis, the ball does not come to you )

Therefore, the only people that can play are rich, white guys!
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Default Re: Is golf more popular than tennis?

It gets higher ratings in the US so yes it is more popular here in the US. I have no clue elsewhere. Many different kinds of people play golf not just rich people, that is the same BS that was once said about tennis and still is to a degree.
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Default Re: Is golf more popular than tennis?

Yep, in England. Apart from at Wimbeldon time, there isn't much 'general coverage' for a casual fan, whereas there is alot of stuff on golf if you just turn on the TV. I've never watched golf, yet I could name you alot of players. I'm not sure I could say the same if it was the other way round.
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Golf sucks, it´s absolutely boring to watch and I don´t have a clue how people can actually like it.
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Golf sucks, it´s absolutely boring to watch and I don´t have a clue how people can actually like it.

I agree
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Golf sucks, it´s absolutely boring to watch and I don´t have a clue how people can actually like it.
I know, and it's not like it's a sport anyways.
Ever wonder why it's not in the Olympics...coz IT'S NOT A SPORT....
They walk from hole to hole, I wonder what kind of training they actually need
Unlike tennis players
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Im not that keen on golf but I can watch the majors I suppose But in small doses - basically I only watch it four times a year and the Ryder Cup.
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Definetely not here. Tennis is much more popular.
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