After Finchem and Votaw put the assembled to sleep, their market research speaker took the podium. This is Barb Kaufman of Kaufman and Associates talking about her findings on the media-fan-player relationship.
Second point, on the fan component, fans need more technicolor, and a lot of the media I spoke with were not only representing golf but also cover other sports, and felt fairly strongly that fans really love the technicolor presentation of athletes.
And you think they only talk like this in Hollywood? What does that mean, need more technicolor?
Speaking of that, isn't Technicolor a registered trademark?
They want to know more than their performance. They want a little more depth, a little more context. If they get that, it'll expand and create greater loyalty and longevity and loyalty to your sport. NASCAR and the NFL were cited as benchmarks in that regard.
A top line of the agent feedback, and I'm sure this is really going to shock you because it was the flipside of the coin, the agent and manager perceptions are that overall traditional golf media has become lazy and stale. The sameole, sameole content has bred some degree of ambivalence by the players, and they just don't want to engage any longer because they don't feel the content is very innovative and creative.
Well, we could do more New York Post type stuff. That would be innovative and creative for golf! Bet the agents would love that.
The golf print media is becoming a dinosaur according to agents, and I want to specify that this means not the written word, but to Tim's point, print media in the traditional sense. A lot of the younger players are very in tune to new media and would much rather give their time to those media outlets. One particular agent said players would rather have 30 seconds on SportsCenter than a 900 word article written about them.
Wouldn't we all.
Players are becoming significantly more guarded with the media in the past by virtue of being burned. Now, having said that, the majority of agents said it's a small percentage of the media who, quote, burn, shall we say, and that violators should bear the brunt of the burning and not all media because not all media are guilty of this travesty.
Many of the print media believe overall Tour coverage will decline and is declining if the playing field is not level between the electronic, print and quite frankly other emerging media. They felt fairly strongly that preference and rights deals provide access to some media outlets and not others, which makes it more difficult to do my job.
From the agents' perspective, younger players are viewed as presenting great opportunities for unique and colorful content because they get it. They've grown up in this entertainment world of sport and they know exactly what it takes to compete and keep their star rising.
They know branding!
It was at this point I had to take another break. Small doses, baby!