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Media & Golf!

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Posted by Dinesh Thakur 01 Dec 2009

I had an interesting golfing last week. My 4ball was quiet interested in what would have happened, that transpired in Tiger's life. The discussion went on endlessly, with different Masala connotations..... (as a golfer... you can well imagine)

Peronally, I have not liked so much of Media coverage given to a personal issue of a player like Tiger Woods. Interestingly, an Indian news paper covered a HALF page coverage on the Tiger Woods personal life tragedy/ problems. In my two years of covering golf through 4moles.com, i have never seen Media giving so much attention to GOLF or should I, peeping into the personal life of the world's best golfer? Won't this effect his game? Howcome, now the Indian Mass media like the news papers and TV channels do not think that GOLF is too small a game in India to cover? Why dont we have HALF page articles on Indian golfers like Jeev, Jyoti or Bhullar? 

I would like to Open a discussion on should Media give so much importance to personal lives PROBLEMS of Sports persons .... more than to their Professional Game? And what do our members think? On an average, are golfers interested in such news? 

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    Ankita Tiwana 22 Dec 2009

    I have to bring in to the lime light an article on a indian pro lady golfer who recently won a tournament and there was an article about her in the newspaper.. but there was absolutely NO mention of her game in the article! ironic?! the article included her parents' relationship and who funds her golf, etc. absolutely not relevant to her winning the tournament or even playing the game! so i think the media needs to focus on the players as "golfers" more than anything else a little more!

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    Dinesh Thakur 11 Dec 2009

    :-) well said .... I think they are covering infedelity more than just sex.... But i am quiet sure, everyone at that level is into it. Just that our TIGER was to focused on his game (Like always) .... that he missed out on covering his score/tracks of the 19th holes.... For small golfer like us... 19th hole is BEER POINT! :-)

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    Dev Amritesh 11 Dec 2009

    When the Indian Mass Media is covering Tiger Woods, they are not covering Golf my friend (yes, that is too small), they are covering SEX (and no that is not at all small) :-)

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    Viren Razdan 10 Dec 2009

    My view is that - once a sportsperson - or any public figure reaches an 'iconic' status - he has the pressure to stand up to countless youngsters who view him or her as a role model. Agree- that what happens in your personal life is personal - BUT - then the iconic status has a price to pay. Media - does sensationalise the news - but thats the way Media plays the game...

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    Dinesh Thakur 03 Dec 2009

    Bollywood and Bollywood are as it is playing regular household drama.... but sports people is different... However... my point was different, if an Indian cricketer was in focus.... the media could give the kind of coverage it is doing.... but with Golf.. where they say that only half a million is the target audiance... then why cover Tigers misery to so much detail and lime light... Its TOTAL MASALA selling... :-)

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    Ashok Kumar Srivastava 02 Dec 2009

    ASHOK on 02 Dec 2009 Re:Media & Golf! Sneaking into the personal life of "BOLLYWOOD" and "HOLLYWOOD" has always been going on for ages, but this time, unfortunately, it is "TIGER WOODS". Media should spare atleast the sportpersons. Ashok Srivastava

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