« on: August 12, 2009, 12:55:02 PM »
Tony Hawk is a freak of nature. That's not a good point. I mean age is only relative. Though Kevin's point is that there aren't a bunch of old farts in X games means the demographics are different.
The problem is that all of you see the term "dress code" and you all think you have to put on khakis and button up shirts. The PDGA is very liberal on this issue. They, like a lot of us, want to be taken seriously as a sport.
So being the fact that we virtually have nothing to offer sponsors or cable TV, we should not worry about the fact that the PDGA would like to see the sport taken more professionally rather than a bunch of pot heads who throw frisbees. Again they will not ask any one of you to do so. It is really a small issue that has no foundation.
And anyway. The X Games are a combination of many sports/pastimes, similar to the olympics. I'm sure there is a dress code of some sort. They really don't want to promote weed and other illegal substances. Nor do they want you to be naked. You think those sponsers are going to cough up big bucks for just one of these sports on their own? Sure Redbull and Monster will but we are talking small fries. They don't pull out the big money until this 1 event. Where they can get a lot of exposure. There is NO exposure currently with in our sport. Mainly because we are not taken seriously. Also because there is no real fan base for our sport. Hell most people who play casually don't like leagues / tournaments. We just get in their way. While in skateboarding and such people who casually participate actually like seeing it done be professionally. Skateboarding also is an Image thing and always has been. Disc golf only has one image and it is something we need to break. Mainly because the demographics are much more broad then a bunch of teenagers. Ever been to an X games or Skate Demo? The only "older" people there are the parents who had to get their kids there.
In closing.... No one is going to trying to turn this into Ball Golf! Most of us would just like to get the sponsors with real money who can support lots of tournaments through the year. That isn't going to happen with a bunch of beer drinkin', tank top wearin, mullet sportin', goof balls with a frisbee. They just ask that hey the day we do get on TV again, how about we look like a real damn sport? How about we show the world that the people who actually compete (not worry about a dress code that will probably never affect them) are professional as any other sport, and are ready for their shot at some big bucks.
P.S. Please spell check this so we can talk about something else.