Tiger Woods is a golfer

By Razib Khan | December 1, 2009 2:20 pm

Why Tiger’s endorsement empire is safe:

And as indiscretions go, this is not Michael Vick, say sports marketers. This is not Michael Phelps. This is not Kobe Bryant. Not yet, anyway.
“I’m convinced that this will not cause the end of Tiger Woods Inc. as we know it,” said Paul Swangard, managing director of the University of Oregon’s Warsaw Sports Marketing Center.

Probably Woods will still make gajillions of dollars in endorsements. Vick and Bryant’s transgressions were much more serious. But are professional golfers graded on the same curve as NBA or NFL athletes? I’m skeptical.


Comments (4)

  1. I don’t think they are graded on the same curve for a number of reasons. Not necessarily good reasons. Just … reasons.

  2. Robert

    I doubt that Woods beat himself unconscious with a golf club. It must have been his wife who did that.

  3. Bob

    I agree that the Woods situation is not close to that of Vick’s but it is surely equal to that of Bryant’s and could very well be worst by the time the shouting is over.
    If Woods doesn’t ever make an additional dollar, he will die a very rich man so I don’t think that his future endorsement earnings are particularly relevant.

  4. Bob:
    Bryant was accused of rape. The most Woods is being accused of is adultery.


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I have degrees in biology and biochemistry, a passion for genetics, history, and philosophy, and shrimp is my favorite food. In relation to nationality I'm a American Northwesterner, in politics I'm a reactionary, and as for religion I have none (I'm an atheist). If you want to know more, see the links at http://www.razib.com


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