The Community of Disc Golfers and About All Things Disc Golf
I was wondering about something. I do not know if this has ever been a discussion before but here goes.
If I am not mistaken, Ball Golf was created first. Correct??
Then there was Disc Golf.
I have played both and I prefer Disc Golf because the players are more down to earth.
Which game has grown the MOST ??
Has anyone ever did a study on Disc Golf versus Ball Golf ??
Which sport has the most people playing ??
Which sport has the most members ??
Which sport has the most fields ??
In my opinion (have not done any studies, so it is my opinion)
Disc golf seems to have the most players or is the most popular here in Florida. We have the perfect weather for the sport.
So my final question is "Why doesn't Disc Golf have the same coverage as Ball Golf ??"
I have not seen advertisements, postings in newspapers or T.V. news like Ball Golf !!!
Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer are famous here in Florida. Why doesn't Ken Climo have the same coverage ?? After all he has been the World Champion how many times ?? And I didn't even know what he looked like until I played in the 2011 Barnett Championships. Even then, I just saw the back of his head. Then there is Gregg Hosfeld. I have met and talked with him. Both men have had an impressive life. Now I admit the two have been the brunt of one of my "Humor" jokes.
If I offended..............
Anyway why doesn't Disc Golf have the same respect as Ball Golf ??
I know I have asked a lot of questions with this discussion, but I am hoping that DiscGolfersR.Us world will understand what I am trying to say.
Does anyone feel what I am saying ??
Maybe a dumb question here, but everyone seems to talk of the holy grail of getting the game onto ESPN.
Are their any other sports broadcasters / channels in the States? Surely their must be.
Ball golf was created when they still thought
the earth was flat. So it's just a bit older. Not
by much if you consider time as a whole.
I've watched disc golf grow phenomenally over the past 15 years---but it's still miniscule compared to other activities. I'd say the odds of getting live coverage on national TV are extremely small. There are very few disc golfers, and I suspect most of us wouldn't watch. I can't imagine non-disc-golfers watching. And without millions of eyes willing to watch, no advertisers; without advertisers, no broadcast.
Much better odds that the current growth rate continues for the foreseeable future---but as a recreational activity, not a spectator sport.
I found this today playing around. I am sure a lot of you have seen it already, but I think it is pretty cool.
Disc Golf Monthly TV also says that they do have shows on Public Broadcasting channels around the nation, so its a start anyway. I know I REALLY enjoy watching disc golf. Discgolfplanet.tv is one of my Favorite websites. I think it is Awesome to be able to watch the big Dogs, AM's, Women, etc, all competing and try and pick up on Everyones techniques. It is a very valuable learning tool.
Curling had an automatic in. It was a novel olympic sport. Most hadn't heard of it. It's amazingly unlikely that DG will ever become an olympic sport so this easy exposure venue is closed to us.
Broom ball? Good illustration of how relatively small disc golf is. I remember years ago, when PDGA membership was about 5,000, seeing a story that the San Diego Adult Kickball League had 4,000 members. Truth is, there are many sports and activities you'd never think of, that are bigger than disc golf, and have equal or greater claim to TV exposure. Almost all of which would be easier to televise and more compeling to watch.
My skepticism is mostly with the thoughts of live TV coverage. Perhaps one day we'll see a weekly review show somewhere.
In the meantime, go to a big disc golf event and notice how few people are in the gallery (USDGC excluded), even when the cost of admission is free.