Quote of the Day
"It's hard enough now to find sponsors. Not having Tiger in the field, for however long it is, that's going to be a challenge."
-- Golfer Nick Price, on Tiger Woods' indefinite break from the PGA Tour (GOLFCHANNEL.com, 12/12).
Woods' Hiatus Creating
Ripple Effect In Industry
Where do Tiger Woods and the PGA Tour go from here? For Woods, the damage continues and the constant parodies on TV and the Web devalue a brand that many are now saying is beyond repair. Accenture’s rare and uncharacteristically strong public comment -- saying Woods is “no longer the right representative” -- has the industry buzzing. Gillette is scaling back its use of Woods, while others, including Tag Heuer, continue their support. But for the PGA Tour, broader questions remain around Woods’ return from his “indefinite break.” Greg Norman says, "Does 'indefinite' mean, OK, it might be a year because a lot of issues have got to be resolved." While Tiger continues to be the target of late-night hosts, “SNL” gets some laughs at the PGA Tour’s expense by having a Tim Finchem impersonator saying, “We've still got plenty of other superstars. Exciting household names like Geoff Ogilvy.”
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