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Simple and/or viewers of that event. Its all about advertising.
Simple fact: Those same sponsors would not want to be linked to any illegal or anti-social activity, as it would damage their reputation to be associated with anything negative.
I could agree with this statement, but I'm thinking there are sponsors out there that want to target our demographic regardless of the extra curricular activities DG is associated with.
The HIgh times and Zig Zag reference I made previously was just a point, not a suggestion and I'm sure there are other sponsors out there.
I dont really think what we do as individuals is as deterring as things like;
we play for free in parks on courses that are not all considered full service park facilities.
There are a LOT of course that dont even have tee signs and MOST dont have scorecards.
Its my opinion this is way more detrimental to our image and future image than everything else combined.
I'm not saying disc golf should only be pay to play, but I'm thinking more play to play facilities that are generating revenue will attract some attention and having tee signs and scorecards at ALL disc golf courses surely couldnt hurt!
Would it be safe to say Skate boarders and Snow boarders probably have a high % of those partaking?
it doesn't keep mountain dew away and they keep building skate parks and more runs on the hills for the snow boards each year.
what about major league baseball.
lets see, there was the amphetamine phase of the 70's Cocaine phase of the 80's, all the while players have been smoking grass and steroids ever since which are probably worse for young kids than any of the others and none of this has kept sponsors away or has companies afraid to "tarnish their image" by being associated with an industry whose players are doing drugs.
The stands are filled with fans and most of them are drinking, some drinking heavily,, ,so who is the main sponsors of baseball? you guessed it,,,,Bud light and miller light and they have pured billions into the game and it works for them.
Did years and years of baseball players doing drugs hurt them or keep them away?
NO and I wonder why not?
probably way too much money involved to worry about it or too many people who do drugs themselves to make it an issue??
There's a saying " perception is reality" and while theres a chance that one day in the future, with enough change, that people wont look at disc golf and disc golfers and think most are partaking in extracurricular activities.
The thing is thats not today and not anytime soon and possibly not ever.
Play dress up for the job interview all you want changing the mindset of of how we are looked at isnt going to happen for a long time and maybe never.
I just dont see why we really need to make it an issue, 2 states reformed marijuana laws this November and more states will follow suit as this country has a liberal swing over the next 8 years and maybe from here on out.
pot use is at all an all time high and its acceptance's is growing as well ( in the blue states at least)
I'm well aware that not everyone partakes and of course it shouldnt be all out in the open and we should definitely have rules saying it is not allowed during EVENTS.
Nothing will keep casual disc golfers off the pot and its these casual golfers that will watch disc golf if its ever on TV,,,, so stop and thing about this for a minute!
By trying to force a change to the image of our sport out of its natural evolution, is sending mixed signals.
To me its really a non issue and something that shouldn't really make a difference, besides theres really not much that can be done to change how people perceive disc golf and disc golfers.
I say Just " roll" with the flow and concentrate on better and more important things like making sure EVERY course has tee signs and scorecards when new players show up,,, oh yeah if a course design is out dated or unsafe,,,CHANGE it!
On the flip side of this rant:
last night I went to a fund raiser for someone in my old neighborhood that lost oxygen to his brian during a knee surgery.
There were tons of items to bid on and many others that were raffled off.
sitting there I thought "I could have donated something to the event that could have helped raise a few more $$ and also gotten some exposure for my company".
This particular crowd was filled with BLUE collared people 45-55 who know what disc golf is and a lot of them were around when we were playing at our catholic grade school campus from 1968-1980.
I'm guessing 80-90% of the people there knew about "frisbee golf" but I doubt very many know how big the sport has become, not only in St louis with 24 disc golf courses, but in the country with over 2500.
Most of these people grew up around the extra curricular activities and a huge % of them probably still partake to this day or have friends that do that they do not look down on.
The thing is,they were also there with their parents, friends and business associates in this public setting. ( the other 10-20%)
I imagined giving away a bag full of discs and a portable basket and would have loved to be able to do it, but the facts are even in this room with a high % of liberal minded folk, I really questioned whether it would have been socially acceptable or not. Personally I am not ashamed of ANYTHING to do with disc golf or my efforts to grow this sport, but there was a question in my mind of how the reaction would have been for a item like disc golf compare to the other items, like trips, dinners, golf clubs, golf rounds, TV's etc..
For my own test marketing I wish I could have donated and watched the reaction and found out how much $200 worth of product could raise in an auction in this crowd.
This was a crowd of people that I think would watch disc golf in their homes, would play a round if it was in front of them and probably wouldnt care of their kids were avid disc golf enthusiasts.
I'm still very skeptical of their reaction to:
" OK up for bid,,, a set of frisbee golf discs a portable basket and 2 free rounds at the best pay to play course around"
I imagined snide remarks and people pointing fingers and whispering at those bidding.
I guess I'm a bit conflicted on this topic;
one hand I say, its not really an issue but on the other its obvious I feel differently when our sport is put into the publics eye in a forum such as a charity fund raiser.
I have seen drinking or drunk disc golfers ruin events.I've been next to sponsers made uncomfortable by the aroma in parking lots for courses.I'm sure these things happen all over our country and I'm just as sure this can't be helping.Its hard for me to condem acts like these,because I smoke and drink.
Cent inquired: Can I buy some weed from you Mark?
If I ever change professions I'll give you a call. In the meantime I could hook up with a great Buzzz.