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Old 10-07-2015, 10:12 AM
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Disc golf is just fun for most people i see. Even "competitive" players are not even good athletes. Very small % to focus on IMO.
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Old 10-07-2015, 10:15 AM
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I have never heard of a disc golf event that attracted this many people....or close to it.


259000 live viewers last summer.

http://www.opendiscgolf.com/2015/07/...aves-in-media/

I really don't get why disc golf couldn't be a spectator sport. Ball golf is, why not disc golf?
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Old 10-07-2015, 10:26 AM
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This thread poll shows even here nearly 70% of 140 active posters are not interested in tournaments.

http://www.dgcoursereview.com/forums...d.php?t=118370

I think some similar ones have been done re:watching events. Would be curious to see new results. Peeps just like to throw their discs and get outside.
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Old 10-07-2015, 10:37 AM
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This thread poll shows even here nearly 70% of 140 active posters are not interested in tournaments.

http://www.dgcoursereview.com/forums...d.php?t=118370

I think some similar ones have been done re:watching events. Would be curious to see new results. Peeps just like to throw their discs and get outside.
I think good coverage could change that a bit in time. I used to be an avid ball golfer, played consistently and entered tournaments. Gave it all up ten years ago, but I still like to watch golf on tv. Most ball golfers are the same, just looking to get outside with their friends and hit some balls.

Either way, I don't think the World Tour will hurt anything and I look forward to some good footage.
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For those naysayers that say disc golf isn't and never will be a spectator sport, I say your wrong. It may not garner the crowds of football, but many religiously watch Ball golf and I think disc golf is far more exciting to watch than the tediousness of ball golf or baseball for that matter. If there's money invested in high quality footage, it would be a game changer and help with the image of the sport, which would open the eyes of those looking to invest in youth programs and the like.
I'm one of those naysayers, though not arrogant enough to dismiss the notion that I might be wrong.

The reasons are personal tastes, track record, and certain differences in the sports.

Personal tastes---for myself, golf is much more entertaining to watch than disc golf. And I've been in galleries at big disc golf events. And I'm not a golfer. Baseball is vastly more entertaining than either. That's my bias, just as everyone has one.

Track record---I've been watching for 20 years as disc golf tries to generate galleries of paying spectators, with very minimal success. And I've even been one of the paying spectators. Maybe there's a way to make it work that hasn't been tried---maybe Jussi can do it---but so far, the track record is not good.

Nature of the game---wooded courses, not lending themselves to spectators or blimp shots. And putts, no matter how long or twisting through trees, don't have the visual drama of watching amazing golf putts curving perfectly on the slope of a green.

That's why I'm a naysayer. Yeah, perhaps Jussi or someone will prove me wrong, than lots of other people will watch. I'll applaud. Until it happens, I remain a skeptic.
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Old 10-07-2015, 10:48 AM
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259000 live viewers last summer.

http://www.opendiscgolf.com/2015/07/...aves-in-media/

I really don't get why disc golf couldn't be a spectator sport. Ball golf is, why not disc golf?
Thanks, I didn't know this happened. But I still say this will not be sustainable. If a major sponsor is willing to put money into a disc golf event they would need to see this a lot more often vs just once.

I'm also one of the naysayers but know I could be proven wrong in the future. But for the past 30 years disc golf has been "5 years away from breaking into the big time" and nothing here is giving me any more confidence that's going to happen anytime soon.
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The main thing that I see helping disc golf is the increasing popularity in ultimate.
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Something I would like to see addressed: Why not sink all of this money into expanding disc golf at the youth sports level? Why divert all of your efforts to a handful of professionals when there is a massive base of recreational players and even more who can be attracted at the school and youth level?

It all sounds impressive, but I can't help but think that getting more young people into the sport would make more of an impact.
There's plenty of organic grass-level roots growth. Probably more than is needed, if the number of sub-par 9-hole beginner courses is any indication.

What DG needs (for those that want to see it gain more "legitimacy"*) is a Pro Tour that makes playing at the top level something worth putting the time and work into, with increased/improved coverage, and improved payouts.

I'm certainly interested to see how this shakes out, in both the long and short term.



*I'm not necessarily one of those people, for the record.
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Playing the same course three days in a row. I think it is fine sometimes, but I don’t think it necessarily makes for better disc golf like Jussi thinks it does. I understand and salute an effort to focus on a single more quality course, but if you have multiple great courses in an area I think it is foolish to not use all of them. Jussi wants to attract more spectators. I would rather watch disc golf on multiple courses.

I’m all for taking ideas from golf but only if they fit into disc golf. I think it is great that Jussi is trying to grow the sport, but the answer isn’t always to try and be more like ball golf. I think we risk losing things about disc golf that are fun and unique to disc golf.
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