Tiger Woods Speaks Out Against Yankees Ticket Prices, Then Increases Ticket Prices 600%
Golf, PGA

After Speaking Out Against Yankees Ticket Prices, Tiger Woods Should Practice What He Preaches

7/8/09 in Golf   |   MrOrangeman   |   42 respect

During the AT&T Congressional PGA Event, Tiger Woods spoke of how ridiculous the prices at the new Yankees stadium. Quoting Tiger during a interview, he said:
 
"We don't want to have what happened at Yankee Stadium.  Tickets are so overpriced that you can't bring the family. We want to have everyone come out and enjoy being in a family atmosphere, walk around, have a good time and not have it cost an arm and a leg."

Fast forward to Monday morning: It's been announced that Tiger will play with Camilo Villegas, Mike Weir, & charity host Notah Begay in a charity skins game at the Turning Stone Resort in August. 

  • Last year's skins ticket price: $50 (With Weir, Villegas, Begay, Vijay Singh, & Stewart Cink)
  • Final Round of this week's AT&T Classic ticket price: $100 (A Real PGA event.)
  • This year's Begay skins w/ Tiger playing: $330! (For an exhibition!), and also $340 & $550 with a overnight stay

Now don't get me wrong, I can see the point where the resort is going to try to make their fair share. But really, a 600% increase in price from last year? Does it cost that much to bring Tiger here?  And Tiger? While I'm not a Yankee fan, don't you find this awfully hypocritical for you to participate in this event, whereas it will cost a family of four over $1500 to see you in a exhibition? Or does the statement you made only apply to event where you are not attending? Is that what you think an average family of four can afford? I can only say, as a fan of golf, that this is simply just another reason why the casual fan doesn't matter in the landscape of sports anymore.  

I'll be damned if I'm going to spend $330 to see one exhibition round & makes me seriously reconsider spending money for tickets to the actual PGA event here in September/October.

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8/3/09   |   bhamsown   |   129 respect

Tiger, Tiger, Tiger. I love your game man. It has made golf one of the most watched sports in comparison , but to speak out against overpriced tickets, yet you play for a club that has increased its ticket  price by too much. Tiger I agree that  the family should enjoy this event. Tell you what . Since all of the family members won't be able to attend because of the OVERPRICED tickets, how about you (Tiger) pay for the rest of the family tickets. Hell you make Millions. It won't hurt you. Charge it as a tax write off before the Government gets you!

7/18/09   |   sachin_papneja2000

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7/13/09   |   crystl_dane

Brilliant

7/13/09   |   joyce_halcomb

Obviously they love the game or they wouldn't be out there in the hot sun, so yes I think they should.

7/13/09   |   darleneanderson

yes

7/13/09   |   rachpeabody98

I would too! Tiger Woods is my idol. for golf i mean. i actually play golf! do u play golf mekuanint20000?

7/13/09   |   mekuanint2000

I like to meet Tiger wood and talk to with him !!!!

7/13/09   |   johnluigiruizcasin

so good man! Sergio Garcia is my idol, dude!

7/13/09   |   traveler

The new Yankees stadium has to be paid for.It was built the American way.UNIONS

7/13/09   |   aavas_2005

wats up man ??

7/13/09   |   giovannibolofer1

ey.. wats up??

7/12/09   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

MrOrangeman wrote:
No one's saying he should boycott, but he should at least practices what he preaches before opening his mouth.

This is a stupid argument: It's for charity...the MONEY EARNED IS FOR CHARITY! I wish I could give an article a PQ.

7/12/09   |   zia411999

thanks for your kindness

7/10/09   |   ksterrenberg

MrOrangeman wrote:
No one's saying he should boycott, but he should at least practices what he preaches before opening his mouth.

how can he practice what he preaches? He said the price for Yankees tickets are crazy.  if he would have raised/set the prices, then your argument would hold some weight.  He had nothing to do with the prices. All he did was plan to attend the event. the only thing he can do is boycott/withdraw from the event, which would be much more damaging to his profile, considering its for charity. Criticize the guy for things he has control of. There's nothing hypocritical about what he has done. For all we know, maybe he did say that it was wrong to have the prices raised so much. It just so happened there wasnt a microphone shoved in his face when he said it.

7/10/09   |   MrOrangeman   |   42 respect

ksterrenberg wrote:
you would be correct. but do you really think his opinion matters to the Yankees? people are still paying that kinda money to go to the Yankee games, are they not? you act as if Tiger should threaten to boycott the event because they raised prices? Since when arent people allowed to have an opinion?

No one's saying he should boycott, but he should at least practices what he preaches before opening his mouth.

7/10/09   |   munau501

ape

7/10/09   |   majid_heroid

tiger still not shows it true ability

7/9/09   |   zigahbridget

i like to be your friend ok

7/9/09   |   rmothae

The best golfer ever, .....

7/9/09   |   ksterrenberg

ksterrenberg wrote:
Tiger doesnt set the prices for the event.  So, while it could be construed as hypocritical, there's nothing that he can do about it. (and I am not a tiger fan, so its pains me to "defend" him.)

you would be correct. but do you really think his opinion matters to the Yankees? people are still paying that kinda money to go to the Yankee games, are they not? you act as if Tiger should threaten to boycott the event because they raised prices? Since when arent people allowed to have an opinion?

7/9/09   |   MrOrangeman   |   42 respect

FirstTierSports wrote:
It's for charity, not profit. They should try and raise as much money as possible.

Charity is one thing.  Making it completely impossible for the average fan to attend is ridiculous.  How would you feel if they raised your favorite teams ticket prices 600%, but the difference would go to charity, would you still pay it?

7/9/09   |   MrOrangeman   |   42 respect

ksterrenberg wrote:
Tiger doesnt set the prices for the event.  So, while it could be construed as hypocritical, there's nothing that he can do about it. (and I am not a tiger fan, so its pains me to "defend" him.)

Nor does Tiger set prices for Yankee tickets either, but he has an opinion on that..

7/8/09   |   lleedubb   |   32 respect

MrOrangeman wrote:
I dont care if he's the King Of Pop. I'm not spending $330 to see him in a skins game.

Good thing this is America bro' and you don't have to pay your hard-earned to see anything you dont want to!!  Bless your sweet lil' heart!!

7/8/09   |   ksterrenberg

Tiger doesnt set the prices for the event.  So, while it could be construed as hypocritical, there's nothing that he can do about it. (and I am not a tiger fan, so its pains me to "defend" him.)

7/8/09   |   Heyhey1970   |   194 respect

Good stuff, Orange and great point about charity FirstTier.  It can't be proved, but I think Jim Brown pushed Tiger to speak out on social issues when he's not comfortable doing it.  That's what caused this.

7/8/09   |   FirstTierSports   |   36 respect

It's for charity, not profit. They should try and raise as much money as possible.

7/8/09   |   MrOrangeman   |   42 respect

lleedubb wrote:
Tiger is top of the world and one can rarely see him in real life,The Yankees on the other hand.......even though they are my boys.......HAVEN'T DONE SH** LATELY!!

I dont care if he's the King Of Pop. I'm not spending $330 to see him in a skins game.

7/7/09   |   lleedubb   |   32 respect

Tiger is top of the world and one can rarely see him in real life,The Yankees on the other hand.......even though they are my boys.......HAVEN'T DONE SH** LATELY!!