...but at least she's presenting at the time of year when so many executives are
vacationing in the Hamptons excited to hear pitches: August. Alan Blondin of The Sun News reports:
Bivens inherited cable contracts with ESPN and Golf Channel, and larger events are on ABC, NBC and CBS. Broadcast times vary greatly.That should ensure they'll never make it on American airwaves too.
The tour will begin making presentations to network and cable stations in August. "The most important thing for the LPGA is to have a consistent television schedule," Bivens said. "It's very difficult for our fans to find where we are from week to week."
Since events in international locations aren't generally televised in the U.S., Bivens will try to group those to include dates when the LPGA would normally be dark, such as the weeks of the Masters, U.S. Open and PGA Championship.
The events are important for exposure and lucrative deals with international television stations in which the LPGA is paid for broadcast rights - similar to the PGA Tour TV agreements. Right now the LPGA buys time on ESPN and the three major networks and has to sell commercial spots itself. It has other agreements with the Golf Channel.Wait, the brand is still forming? Well, how is it a brand if it hasn't formed yet?
Bivens said for 2010 and beyond she'll either seek rights fees or develop an LPGA production company that would buy time and produce the programming itself. "If you have a brand that is still forming like the LPGA, being able to control your production is worth a lot of money," Bivens said.
"Especially in terms of educating the audience as to the personalities behind the athletes. We're a society where fans develop behind personalities."
Ahh...translation: lots of fluff!
But I'm back on this brand formtion stuff. Branding experts, could you tell us how you know a forming brand officially becomes a brand?