Thursday, April 23, 2009

Recommended Reading: Sirak and Ballengee on Globalization

Ron Sirak and Ryan Ballengee show how interrelated business, sports, and politics are these days in their rundowns of options the major professional golf tours have for coming out of globalization's latest and greatest economic tsunami stronger than ever. I'm particularly glad to see Sirak combining his utopian One World Tour idea with more practical suggestions for coordination of schedules and co-sponsorship of events that I've been floating for a long time. Admittedly, there are huge obstacles to any of this--no matter how great your plans for highlighting the quality of competition in the world of women's golf, will your existing sponsors go along with them and will you be able to draw new sponsors to make it possible?--but I'm hoping this upcoming LPGA summit will unveil a strategy that goes beyond the players of the LPGA being even nicer and more accessible to their fans than they already are. It's nice to see already featuring more human-interest type stories on players who aren't already international stars, but there's so much more to be done.

[Update 1 (4:33 am): Certainly the LPGA should be able to outdo Golf365's rundown of top players and young guns of Korean descent on tour, especially when Matt Cooper leaves Christina Kim off his first list and Amy Yang and Jane Park off his second. But he makes up for it with a great photo gallery. Thanks to Happy Fan for the links.]

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