Posts tagged with "Tiger Woods"

Mets owner Steve Cohen acquires New York TGL team

June 12, 2024

New York Mets owner Steve Cohen has acquired the New York TGL team, Cohen Private Ventures announced on Thursday morning, June 6, reports The New York Times.

TGL is the new golf league from Tiger Woods’ and Rory McIlroy’s TMRW Sports venture. Six teams of three PGA Tour players will face off in head-to-head match play.

The previously announced teams include:Starting January The

  • Atlanta (led by Falcons owner Arthur M. Blank);
  • Boston (led by Fenway Sports Group); and
  • Los Angeles (led by Alexis Ohanian, Serena Williams and Venus Williams).

Twelve PGA Tour players have agreed to participate in the league: Tiger Woods, Rory Mcllroy, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, Matt Fitzpatrick, Justin Rose, Adam Scott, Xander Schauffele, Max Homa, Rickie Fowler, and Billy Horschel.

Cohen bought the Mets for $2.4 billion in November 2020. The Wilpon family previously ran the club for 34 years.

“We’re excited to partner with TMRW Sports and represent New York as a founding TGL team,” Cohen said in a statement. “As golf continues to grow in popularity, there’s a demand for enhanced access to the sport and the world’s top players. TGL’s primetime schedule will offer an up-close, fast-paced, and innovative take on the sport that will appeal to traditional golf and new fans alike. We’re excited to be a part of TGL and build a team that makes New York proud.”

Mike McCarley, CEO of TMRW Sports and TGL, said the addition of a New York team “not only continues the success of adding major markets to TGL, but also adds an ownership group with strong ties to other major league teams and fanbases.”

“Steve Cohen’s ability and willingness to operate, promote, and market this team to New York fans is a significant step as we build towards the launch of TGL in January,” McCarley said. “Steve’s passion for winning is undeniable and infectious, as he is a welcomed addition to our original six TGL owners.

“A Cohen-led TGL team representing New York—alongside strong ownership groups in Atlanta, Boston, and Los Angeles—will further elevate the profile of TGL on the global stage.”

Research contact: @nytimes

Tiger Woods confirms that he is splitting with Nike after more than 27 years

January 9, 2024

Golfer Tiger Woods has confirmed he is splitting with Nike after almost 30 years with the prominent brand—bringing to an end arguably the most recognizable sporting partnership of all time, reports Golf Monthly.

Nike began sponsoring the golfing behemoth when Woods was just 20 years old, making an introduction via the memorable “Hello World ”TV ad. Each of Woods’ 82 PGA Tour titles and 15 Major championship victories has come while wearing the unmistakable Swoosh on his chest, too.

But, just before the PNC Championship in December 2023, rumors began circling that the 48-year-old would be moving on from Nike at the turn of the year. And, in a relatively brief post on his social media platforms, Woods confirmed the news:

“Over 27 years ago, I was fortunate to start a partnership with one of the most iconic brands in the world. The days since have been filled with so many amazing moments and memories, if I started naming them, I could go on forever.

“Phil Knight’s passion and vision bought this Nike and Nike Golf partnership together and I want to personally thank him, along with the Nike employees and incredible athletes I have had the pleasure of working with along the way. People will ask if there is another chapter. Yes, there will certainly be another chapter. See you in LA! Tiger.”

After signing with Nike very early on in his career, Woods’ stratospheric rise towards the top of the game helped him and Nike market their clubs, clothes, balls, and accessories as they became one of the key players in the sport. Woods also went on to launch his own signature TW brand via the iconic company and has reportedly earned around US$500 million (£394 million) via his lengthy association with Nike.

But after the American apparel company ended its golf division in 2016, Woods signed with TaylorMade for clubs and Bridgestone for golf balls while sticking with Nike apparel—which included his famous red shirt and black pants on Sundays.

He has been wearing FootJoy shoes for the past couple of years, anyway, in the wake of his horrific car crash, saying they provide greater comfort following multiple surgeries and give him wider stability out on the course.

The recent PNC Championship—in which Woods and his son Charlie finished T5 at Ritz-Carlton Golf Club—marks the final time fans will have been able to witness Tiger in Nike gear, with questions about whom he could move to already beginning to arise before his next competitive appearance.

Woods recently admitted that he would like to play one tournament a month moving forward, allowing him a suitable amount of time to prepare and then recover—and the end of his message telling his fans that he would “see you in LA” suggests he is highly likely to tee it up at the Genesis Invitational in mid-February—a tournament the 15-time Major champion hosts at Riviera Country Club.

Research contact: @GolfMonthly

Doxxing: it’s the celebrity club you don’t want to join

August 15, 2019

Suppose you were a celebrity who wanted to post a message to friends on social media, but still hoped to protect your privacy and identity. Maybe you would use a different name and photo on your Facebook or Twitter account. But in today’s online world, such amateur “covers” simply aren’t enough.

In fact, through a technique called “doxxing,” literally scores of famous performers and politicians have experienced the theft of their personal and financial information—only to see it posted out on the Internet for everyone to see.

Doxxing isn’t new. It’s been used by identity thieves for several years with great success.

How do they do it? They impersonate the celebrity that they plan on “outing” or embarrassing by gathering as much information as they can from a variety of sources, and then use that information to get access to more sensitive personal information, according to a blog by Christopher Budd of Trend Micro—a Japanese multinational cybersecurity and defense agency.

In fact, during just one week in March 2013, the financial information of a handful of celebrities was exposed by a mysterious website called “The Secret Files.” The stripped-down website posted the  Social Security numbers, credit reports, birth dates, addresses, and phone numbers of celebrities and public figures—among them, Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears, Ashton Kutcher, Jay-Z, Tiger Woods, Mitt Romney, former Attorney General Eric Holder, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, and Hillary Clinton.

And to drive the point that technical savvy can’t seem to protect you from this, they’ve even posted information about Bill Gates.

The question becomes: What does this mean for us—the regular dweebs who use social media? And what should you do about it?

The good news is that these doxxing campaigns are clearly targeting famous and powerful people, and isn’t likely to directly affect any of us in the near term, according to Trend Micro. But this does highlight that your credit report has a lot of powerful information that you wouldn’t want publicly posted. So it’s a good time to take some steps to protect your information.

What you want to do is to ensure that you keep any information that you use to answer these types of security questions secret. Typically, you have a choice of what questions to answer, so only use questions for which the answers aren’t already public. Make sure your social media profiles are set to only show information to friends and you only “friend” people that you really know.

And, consider taking time and searching for yourself like an attacker would: Do searches on yourself and variations of your name, see what comes up—and if you find information out there that you didn’t know was out there and don’t want in public view, follow up to have it removed.

Research contact:@TrendMicro

Tiger Woods swings back with a Masters win

April 17, 2019

It’s been a long time since Tiger Woods last won a Masters tournament—14 years—but Americans love a comeback.

Branding experts say his single-stroke victory on the 18th green during the final round on April 14 at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia also shows that Woods, at 43, is still a winning investment for Nike and his other sponsors, NBC News reported.

Woods delivered $22.5 million in media exposure for Nike during the tournament on Sunday, according to Apex Marketing Group.

“He’s eclipsed what he provided Nike in brand exposure for the four majors last year with just this one major,” Apex President Eric Smallwood told the network news outlet. “He’s got that drive now and he’s playing the best golf he’s played in recent years. I think he’s going to continue to provide Nike with enhanced exposure because the TV is going to follow him.”

President Donald Trump announced in a tweet on April 15 that he would be awarding Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom: “Spoke to @TigerWoods to congratulate him on the great victory he had in yesterday’s @TheMasters, & to inform him that because of his incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and, more importantly, LIFE, I will be presenting him with the PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM!

Bob Dorfman, creative director at Baker Street Advertising in San Francisco told NBC News that Woods’ victory—especially if it is followed by future wins—could go a long way to helping him to re-engage the wide variety of brands he endorsed before a sex scandal and tabloid-ready divorce prompted brands like Gatorade, Accenture, and AT&T to drop him.

“It legitimizes him — there were certainly questions about whether he was still viable,” he said.

This is good news for sponsors seeking a return on their investment, and for Woods’ own bottom line. “I would not be surprised if, in the long run, this win yesterday at Augusta is worth $50 to $100 million in future benefits to Tiger. He will see revenue streams from this win for years to come,” said Rick Burton, the David Falk professor of sport management at Syracuse University.

Research contact: @NBCNews

Tiger Woods makes a comeback, on the golf greens and on-camera

April 13, 2018

Everybody loves a comeback—and that’s exactly what we’re seeing on this year’s golf tour, as Tiger Woods regains his game, his sponsors, and his media appeal.

Indeed, when it comes to golf fame, Tiger Woods once again is in a class all his own, with an awareness score of 84, based on findings of Nielsen’s N-Score talent tracker, released on April 2.

That stat is 59 points above the average for golfers, Nielsen notes. The next closest active pro golfer, Phil Mickelson, trails 31 points behind for awareness.

And because of his clout on the greens—and with sponsors—Woods gets much more time on camera than other competitors. Through the Arnold Palmer Invitational last month (March 12-18), Woods saw more branding time on-screen than any other golfer on the PGA Tour—with 583 minutes of branding exposure, Nielsen reports.

That’s 122%, or 320 minutes, more time on-camera than the average for the top ten golfers by brand exposure duration. This comes despite Woods competing in fewer events than many of the top players in on the PGA Tour.

For each event that Woods has appeared in, he averages about 97 minutes of total brand exposure duration, 83%, or 44 minutes, more coverage than the next closest golfer for branding time on-screen, Dustin Johnson.

Television viewers are taking notice when Woods is playing in 2018. For the four events this season that Woods has finished inside the top 25, broadcast network viewership is up 93% versus the same events last year—or about 2 million more viewers on average.

Finally, for the last two events in which Woods has competed (Valspar Championship and Arnold Palmer Invitational)—finishing in the top five in both—broadcast network viewership was up 150% compared with the same tournaments one year ago, accounting for almost 2.9 million extra viewers on average.

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