Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Disc Golf Media - Are We Moving The Sport In The Right Direction?


Shortly before 2019's USDGC the event made an announcement detailing media plans the event. We couldn’t help but take a moment to think about how much the sport is changing. Ten years ago, watching disc golf on YouTube was a coveted benefit that players obsessed over, and even farther back in time, it wasn’t uncommon to purchase a DVD that highlighted a huge event during that year.

Now that technology has changed so much, it’s only natural to have much higher expectations when it comes to tournament coverage. However, it seems that with each change or new partnership, there’s a growing number of players who are becoming dissatisfied. Is this a case of the squeaky wheel getting the grease, or are media efforts actually driving a wedge in the sport?

Is Pay-per-view the answer?

You may not know what we’re referencing with regard to the USDGC news, so let’s touch on that first. This year, the tournament crew decided to develop a pay-per-view situation with Fulcrum Media. For $9.99, or $7.99 if you’re a current PDGA member, you could watch lead coverage of rounds 2, 3, and 4. Commentary was provided by Jamie Thomas of SpinTV, Hannah McBeth, and the famous Ken Climo.

For those who aren’t willing to dish out any cash, post-produced coverage of all four rounds was available online, with SpinTV tackling the lead card and Jomez Pro on the chase card. They were shorter Front 9 and Back 9 videos and featured Thomas on commentary for the lead rounds and “BigSexy” once again partnering with Jomez.

Is This Progress?

A quick review of the feedback online after the news was released of this year’s media plan caused many to scratch their heads, wondering if the pay-per-view idea is a step in the right direction or if it’s actually turning people off from watching. Other well-known sports utilize this method in order for fans to watch, however, free versions of shorter coverage aren’t typically an option in these cases. After all, it is a fair question - will that many people want to pay for instant gratification when something very similar will be available for free the next day?

Some would rather put their hard-earned money toward disc purchases to bolster those companies who are helping to grow the sport, while other players are pointing to the previous quality of coverage in years past and are wondering why they would pay for something that they’re expecting to be sub-par. Sure, any change that involves money often brings out the naysayers who think that the fee is simply to line people’s pockets, but putting on a first-class live event requires more time and money than many realize.

The Future Of The Sport

Ultimately, we have to wonder if this step toward pay-per-view coverage is simply irritating to die-hard fans who are used to getting everything for free but could pay off by attracting new viewers to the game. Or, is it a matter of simply trying something new just to see how it goes and players should be a bit more understanding? Did you pay to watch the live USDGC coverage? Was it worth it? Did you opt to not pay to watch live coverage and just waited for the free post-produced coverage? Let us know why you did or did not pay for live coverage?
170 comments:
  1. I was there in person for rounds 3 and 4 so I wasn't interested in the pay-per-view. I did watch all four rounds of both the Spin TV and JoMez post produced coverage. For what it's worth I thought JoMez was a much better product than Spin TV. I think the only way I would pay for coverage was if it was the only way to see the event.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I rarely watch live coverage. The post produced YouTube coverage has been a real blessing. It seems like Jomez is making a go of it with Patreon and YouTube ad revenue, but I imagine it's still a struggle to make the numbers work.

    I'd love to see DD get into more post-produced coverage (and I love Robert McCall in the booth), but I'm not likely to do a Patreon kind of thing for DD since I already support through merchandise buys.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I'm not interested in live coverage in it's current format, but I do voraciously watch compressed next-day coverage. While I have donated to people like CCDG and Jomez in the past, and would consider a subscription for such coverage, but I feel like attempting to emulate traditional sports media is a mistake. I feel like the market is different, and far more global than most traditional sports.

    I do think the finance of coverage is not in a great place right now, and I do think the entire model of how that works should be evaluated. With the current status quo I suspect the winners are mostly manufacturers, similar to how League of Legends is primarily a vehicle to sell skins, disc golf coverage right now is primary going to drive sales of "Eagles mid range from that one hole" or "Paul's shoes", etc.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I paid the $7.99 for the coverage and then also attended the events for round 3 and 4. I listed to round 2 coverage at work on Thursday, but never opened it again. The coverage I listed to was good and was a nice distraction at work. I mainly purchased it as I want to support any media coverage that we get. Jomez does some of the best coverage out there and they do a lot better than Spin TV. I am a Patron for Jomezpro as I don't mind paying the $5 a month for great coverage.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I was at the tournament on Saturday and had to work Thursday and Friday, but I still paid for the coverage. (I may or may not have been watching at work :P)

    It was worth every bit of $8! The live drone shots were amazing and the commentary was very good. I'd do it again.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I paid my 10 bucks and I felt it was worth it based on the drama coming down at the end of the final round. Had it been a blowout I may not have thought the same, but who knows, I enjoy watching disc golf and if I got to pitch in a little to maybe ensure better coverage in the future, then I don't mind paying. Yeah overall it was good coverage and commentary so I'd probably do it again without hesitation.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I was surprised they didn't try to go for more of a bundle where you got a player pack essentially AND live Pay Per View. I might've bought that even if I didn't actually watch the PPV (which I really couldn't much as I was traveling). Did it come with access to rewatch later? If not, that's a huge gap.

    PPV is going to be a tough sell as the rounds last a LONG time compared to everyone's base / more common experience being super clean and usually well-commented Jomez/CCDG half-rounds.
    Also, I'm curious if the Fulcrum overall production and commenting quality was much better than recent DGPT efforts? I'm such a huge fan, that I watch DGPT if I can and am not THAT picky about production value, but objectively comparing it to ball golf live coverage and the production quality of massive sports enterprises, it can be a bit rough. There just isn't the money for on the fly fancy graphics, shot break downs, multiple live video feeds, professionally trained and experienced commentators, professional and experience media production teams, etc, etc, etc.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Also, doesn't Pay Per View of live events sort of counter the main goal of most DG media to grow the sport and get MORE eyes on it?

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hey there! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could get a captcha plugin for my comment form? I'm using the same blog platform as yours and I'm having trouble finding one? Thanks a lot!
    Cash for Cars Gold Coast
    cash for cars sunshine coast

    ReplyDelete
  10. Great post. I used to be checking constantly this weblog and I am inspired! Extremely useful information specially the ultimate part :) I maintain such info much. I used to be seeking this particular information for a very lengthy time.
    Thank yyou and good luck.
    car disposals brisbane
    car removal brisbane

    ReplyDelete
  11. Simply want to say your article is as surprising. The clearness in your post is simply great and i could assume you are an expert on this subject. Well with your permission allow me to grab your feed to keep updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please continue the enjoyable work.
    cash for cars gold coast
    scrap metal recycler gold coast
    scrap metal gold coast

    ReplyDelete
  12. Wow, that was strange. I just wrote a really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn't show up. Grrrr... well, I'm not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say fantastic blog!
    cash for cars brisbane
    cash for cars gold coast
    cash for cars sydney

    ReplyDelete
  13. The tutorial is very helpful for a first timer like me, by the way if you could have given a tutorial on creating a free website, it would have been very helpful for newbies like me.
    Thank you
    cash for cars Adelaide
    car recycling Adelaide

    ReplyDelete
  14. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be really something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me. I’m looking forward to your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!
    cash for cars brisbane
    top cash for cars brisbane

    ReplyDelete
  15. Fantastic goods from you, man. I've understand your stuff previous to and you are just extremely fantastic. I really like what you have acquired here, really like what you are stating and the way in which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still take care of to keep it sensitive. I can't wait to read far more from you. This is really a tremendous site.
    car removal brisbane
    free car removal brisbane

    ReplyDelete
  16. Thanks, I have recently been looking for info approximately this subject for a long time and yours is the best I've discovered till now. But, what about the conclusion? Are you sure concerning the source?
    Hire a skip bin
    skip bin hire brisbane

    ReplyDelete
  17. Fantastic goods from you, man. I've understand your stuff previous to and you are just extremely fantastic. I really like what you have acquired here, really like what you are stating and the way in which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still take care of to keep it sensitive. I can't wait to read far more from you. This is really a tremendous site.
    car removal brisbane
    free car removal brisbane

    ReplyDelete
  18. Wow, that was strange. I just wrote a really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn't show up. Grrrr... well, I'm not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say fantastic blog!
    cash for cars gold coast
    cash for unwanted cars gold coast

    ReplyDelete
  19. Hi there! This post could not be written any better! Looking at this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept preaching about this. I most certainly will forward this information to him. Fairly certain he'll have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!
    car removal caboolture
    enviro scrap metal caboolture

    ReplyDelete
  20. I blog frequently and I genuinely appreciate your content. This great article has really peaked my interest. I am going to bookmark your website and keep checking for new details about once per week. I opted in for your RSS feed too.
    broken car removal
    scrap car removal brisbane

    ReplyDelete
  21. Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon everyday. It will always be interesting to read articles from other authors and practice something from other sites.
    cash for scrap cars ipswich
    sell your car Ipswich

    ReplyDelete
  22. After I originally commented I seem to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on each time a comment is added I recieve four emails with the same comment. There has to be a means you are able to remove me from that service? Thanks a lot!
    cash for cars gold coast
    cash for cars in gold coast

    ReplyDelete
  23. A fascinating discussion is definitely worth comment. There's no doubt that that you should publish more about this issue, it might not be a taboo matter but usually people don't talk about these topics. To the next! Cheers!!
    top cash for car brisbane
    top cash for cars brisbane

    ReplyDelete
  24. May I just say what a relief to uncover a person that actually understands what they're discussing on the net. You definitely understand how to bring a problem to light and make it important. More people really need to check this out and understand this side of your story. I was surprised that you aren't more popular since you most certainly have the gift.
    Car Removal Canberra
    Free Car Removal Canberra

    ReplyDelete
  25. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Howdy! I could have sworn I’ve visited this blog before but after looking at many of the posts I realized it’s new to me. Regardless, I’m certainly delighted I came across it and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back often!
    skip bin hire near me
    skip bin hire brisbane

    ReplyDelete
  27. Shop Online For The Latest Fashion Trends In Women's And Men's Clothing At Triton's Scepter Online Store. Latest Styles In Men's Clothing & Women's Clothing Featuring On-Trend Men's & Women's Fashion And Clothing
    Women's Clothes

    ReplyDelete
  28. Entdecken Sie die neueste Auswahl an Hoodies und Sweatshirts für Männer und Frauen mit dem Multischop.Com Shop für eine Reihe von Sweatshirt-Styles für Männer und Frauen, vom Pullover bis zu übergroßen Hoodies.
    Herren Hoodies

    ReplyDelete
  29. Recall that all moving organizations should be authorized, fortified and protected, meeting all government and state necessities for working as moving organizations and moving administrations. Europa-Road túlméretes szállítás

    ReplyDelete
  30. Design Your Own Custom Hoodie Dress. Women's Hoodie Dress Handmade To Order With Your Design.Check Out Our Hoodie Dress Custom Selection For The Very Best In Unique Or Custom, Handmade Pieces From Our Dresses Shops Custom Hoodie Dress

    ReplyDelete
  31. Distinctive moving and capacity organizations offer diverse cycle for their administrations.Flyttebyrå Oslo

    ReplyDelete
  32. Thanks for sharing your wealthy information. This is one of the excellent posts which I have seen. I go through your all of your blog, but this blog is the best one. It is really what I wanted to see hope in future you will continue for sharing such an excellent post
    vé máy bay vietjet đi phú yên

    vé máy bay đi singapore vietnam airlines

    vé máy bay từ sài gòn đi thái lan

    chuyến bay từ malaysia về thành phố hồ chí minh

    book vé máy bay đi úc

    từ việt nam bay sang hàn quốc bao nhiêu tiền

    ReplyDelete
  33. Hi there are a lot of junk articles on bloggers :( that's the main reason people don't trust the information mostly; but I must say it is full of informational blog. Thumbs up!

    Regards Cash for Cars Hobart

    ReplyDelete
  34. Hi Thanks for posting this! We would love to welcome you at Cars buyer, the only place where you can get top cash for cars.

    cash for car
    cash for cars Brisbane
    cash for car Brisbane
    free car removal

    ReplyDelete
  35. Speaking of packages, it is often cheaper to have a combined coverage package, where you insure your car, home and possessions with one insurance company than several separate premiums with different companies cheap car insurance az

    ReplyDelete
  36. If you have an old car, it’s probably a drag on your life and your finances. There are so many problems with older cars that it quickly becomes inefficient to try to keep them running, and sooner or later, you find it taking up space as it sits unused in your driveway. In that case, you should consider scrapping the car. Most cars that are scrapped are stripped of the high-quality parts, and then the metal is all recycled. There are plenty of benefits to scrapping your car, on top of simply not having to repair the car anymore!

    ReplyDelete
  37. Consequently, starting in the amount of electronic marketing strategy, is whenever a company's existing website, which will be to review the present site and its purpose is to improve the potency of the future. There is no evidence that the development and implementation of a method to be significantly different way of electronic marketing. Strategic planning for enterprise development or strategic marketing to comply with the established framework should still be ข่าวฟุตบอลต่างประเทศล่าสุด

    ReplyDelete
  38. Whether you are involved in affiliate marketing, selling items through ClickBank, or promoting your own personal business and website, ads are an important part of one's success. Some people make a recurring income simply by placing advertisements on the websites that get a lot of traffic. ไฮไลท์ฟุตบอลล่าสุด

    ReplyDelete
  39. Great post! I am actually getting ready to across this information, is very helpful my friend. Also great blog here with all of the valuable information you have. Keep up the good work you are doing here. ข่าวฟุตบอลไทยลีก

    ReplyDelete
  40. Nice Post Please Keep Posting Like This. I am really happy that you guys are writing content like this. Please Keep Posting on Regular Basis. Feel free to visit my website; 바카라사이트

    ReplyDelete
  41. An incredible article you write, very very interesting and informative ... I hope you will keep writing articles as good as this, so I gained extensive insight ... thanks.!!! Feel free to visit my website; 먹튀검증

    ReplyDelete
  42. Glad to chat your blog, I seem to be forward to more reliable articles and I think we all wish to thank so many good articles, blog to share with us. Feel free to visit my website; 바카라사이트

    ReplyDelete
  43. I was recommended this blog by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my difficulty. You’re wonderful! Thanks! Feel free to visit my website; 바카라사이트

    ReplyDelete
  44. Thanks for sharing with us this important Content. I feel strongly about it and really enjoyed learning more about this topic. Feel free to visit my website; 토토사이트

    ReplyDelete
  45. I came on your post when browsing for related information, and I think you have a fantastic blog. Continue in this manner! Thank you for making it available. Cash For Cars Adelaide, Cash For Scrap Cars, Top Cash For Old Cars.

    ReplyDelete
  46. Ideas in the content are ones that I haven't come up with on my own before. Once again, outstanding effort. Car Removal Adelaide, Junk Car Removal, Cash For Cars Adelaide.

    ReplyDelete
  47. An excellent article. I enjoy your posts very much and find it extremely innovative. Thanks for sharing. Cash For Cars, Cash For Cars Adelaide, Cash For Junk Cars.

    ReplyDelete
  48. This is a fantastic piece of writing. I thoroughly enjoy and appreciate your postings, which I consider to be highly original. Thank you for your contribution. Cash For Cars Adelaide, Nissan Wreckers Adelaide, Junk Car Removal Adelaide.

    ReplyDelete
  49. Thank you for your post, which has provided me with a great deal of inspiration. Your site has been a pleasure to follow, and I like your effort! Cash For Cars Brisbane, Cash For Old Cars, Cash For Cars.

    ReplyDelete
  50. Thank you for writing such a good article that was quite beneficial to me. Definitely looking forward to reading more of your work; its fantastic! Cash For Cars Brisbane, Car Removal Brisbane, Old Car Removal Brisbane.

    ReplyDelete
  51. We are very glad to have found this site, read good news here.ข่าวกีฬา

    ReplyDelete
  52. This website is very useful, we recommend it.ข่าวกีฬา

    ReplyDelete
  53. A website about sports news is very interesting, I'm impressed.ข่าวกีฬา

    ReplyDelete
  54. We have good sports news to recommend, it's very useful.ข่าวกีฬา

    ReplyDelete
  55. It’s a very good article. causing us to gain a lot of knowledge and valuable to life. เว็บข่าวฟุตบอลออนไลน์

    ReplyDelete
  56. best website Update breaking news before anyone elseข่าวกีฬา

    ReplyDelete
  57. Interesting facts in online sports news, updated before anyone else here.ข่าวกีฬา

    ReplyDelete
  58. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  59. ข่าวกีฬา I am always searching online for storys that can accommodate me ข่าวฟุตบอล

    ReplyDelete
  60. The most up-to-date website, updated before anyone else, we believe it's useful.ข่าวกีฬา

    ReplyDelete
  61. This is a very helpful article for me. Thanks for the great article. I myself have a good article to recommend as well. ข่าวฟุตบอลต่างประเทศ

    ReplyDelete
  62. It's a very useful article. various content to gain knowledge and can be applied in daily life as well Thanks for the great article. ผลบอลสด

    ReplyDelete
  63. Your news is very helpful to me.ผลบอลสด I am always searching online for storys that can accommodate me ข่าวฟุตบอลต่างประเทศ

    ReplyDelete

  64. Follow the good news here, you're sure to like it.ข่าวกีฬา

    ReplyDelete
  65. It's good news to read. You can come and comment here..ข่าวกีฬา

    ReplyDelete
  66. Thank you for visiting the comments. Please continue to comment
    เปิดวาร์ปonlyfan

    ReplyDelete
  67. Your news is very helpful to me.เว็บแมนยู I am always searching online for storys that can accommodate me เว็บไซต์แมนยู

    ReplyDelete
  68. Your news is very helpful to me.ข่าวกีฬา I am always searching online for storys that can accommodate me เว็บข่าวกีฬา

    ReplyDelete
  69. It's a very useful article. various content to gain knowledge and can be applied in daily life as well Thanks for the great article. ข่าวฟุตบอลวันนี้

    ReplyDelete
  70. The best news website now, follow the work atข่าวกีฬา

    ReplyDelete
  71. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  72. It's a very good blog. valuable for life and everyone should be able to read it. The information here will be useful to everyone. and can be applied in daily life including enabling us to gain knowledge on that subject as well. ข่าวฟุตบอลออนไลน์

    ReplyDelete
  73. It's a very useful article. ข่าวฟุตบอลต่างประเทศ various content to gain knowledge and can be applied in daily life as well Thanks for the great article.

    ReplyDelete
  74. Your website is very helpful to meผลบอลสด I am always searching online for storys that can accommodate me ข่าวฟุตบอลต่างประเทศ

    ReplyDelete
  75. This is a very good blog. Because it is good information and can be applied in daily life. เว็บข่าวบอล ข่าวฟุตบอล

    ReplyDelete
  76. เว็บดูผลบอล I am always searching online for storys that can accommodate me ผลบอลสด365

    ReplyDelete
  77. Your website is very helpful to me.เว็บไซต์แมนยู I am always searching online for storys that can accommodate me ตารางแข่งแมนยู

    ReplyDelete
  78. Your website is very helpful to me.ข่าวแมนยู I am always searching online for storys that can accommodate me ตารางการแข่งขันแมนยู

    ReplyDelete
  79. Your website is very helpful to me.ข่าวแมนยูวันนี้ I am always searching online for storys that can accommodate me โปรแกรมการแข่งขันแมนยู

    ReplyDelete
  80. After I read it It made me get to know many stories that happened. It's very important news.
    ดูข่าวฟุตบอลต่างประเทศ ข่าวบอลต่างประเทศ

    ReplyDelete
  81. It's very useful information. valuable for life and everyone should be able to read it. ทีเด็ดฟุตบอล ทีเด็ดฟุตบอลรอบโลก

    ReplyDelete
  82. I was looking for another article by chance and found your article casino online I am writing on this topic, so I think it will help a lot. I leave my blog address below. Please visit once.

    ReplyDelete
  83. article is very informative and thanks for sharing the lots of transaction option available for payment. ฟุตบอลคืนนี้

    ReplyDelete
  84. I use Buffer for my social media clients. Have you heard of Grum? I use it to post to Instagram from desktop. Great suggestions here! ambbet

    ReplyDelete
  85. Hi, I've been having a hard time lately. Your writing comforted me a lot. Thank you very much for giving me so much strength. I'll be back next time메이저놀이터

    ReplyDelete