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Do you agree with the LPGA’s rule requiring players to speak English beginning in 2009?

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1DoctorGonzo(728 comments)posted 7 years, 11 months ago

Private sector, most events played on American soil, and I am sure the oral exams will not be that stringent. I'd like to hear a logical reason to be against this, assuming my third point.

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2JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 7 years, 11 months ago

Many of the big money winners are Asian; those same people draw a good portion of the gallery each week -- why would the organization want to risk drawing crowds by being prohibitive? This isn't meant to be prohibitive or exclusive, it’s meant to better ensure that the tour can market the individual players to sponsors. Corporate events that generate money generally mean there are a bunch of yuppies that pay lots of money to converse with an athlete, not her interpreter – also, have you ever seen an interpreter in a Gatorade commercial? The LPGA needs all the help it can get from sponsors and marketing, this much is certain.

It's like what Lenin said...you look for the person who will benefit, and, uh, uh...you know what I'm trying to say...

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3JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 7 years, 11 months ago

Also, thanks to the Vindy for clearing up the scientific survey stuff in the disclaimer. I almost got excited and started updating my CV before I realized my participation wasn't scientific...that would have been embarrassing.

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4DoctorGonzo(728 comments)posted 7 years, 11 months ago

Closet dweller,
The LPGA is a private organization. The LPGA is uniquely American, and totally capitalistic. As The Dude alluded to, it is in large fiscal trouble and needs to open all channels of potential marketing opportunities. Like it or not, (and I do), America is still the economic center of the sports world. If you are a lady golfer and you have the ability, you are playing on the LPGA. There are no competitors foir the LPGA and there won't be any time soon. The LPGA is where the money is. So, take your philosophy degree and bring it to starbucks the next time you buy a $8 coffee and are looking for work, and realize that if "embracing differences" doesn't display a bottom line, then much of the world will dispell it.
Also, this rule will end up enabling ALL lady golfers world wide to make more money in the long run. This is still the best country to get fat pockets in. Why would the LPGA want to limit their opprotunity to garner more world class talent? You think they are just racist non-progressive, right wing pigs? NO. They are business people and the bottom line has the final say.
Speaking english does not help a golfer shoot par, it will help them sign bigger checks though.
Have fun in France, and keep reaching for the stars.

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5DoctorGonzo(728 comments)posted 7 years, 11 months ago

I am not advocating that eveybody be required to speak english. That would be ludicrous. I am just explaining why it is advantageous if you want to play golf professionally as a woman.
The PGA is different. There is the European PGA and several other countries where a man can make a good living playing golf no matter what language he speaks. If you are a professional woman golfer you are trying to get your tour card on the LPGA to make it big.
As a international player wouldn't you want to learn english anyway to open the doors alluded to ealier?

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6cambridge(4150 comments)posted 7 years, 11 months ago

I'd like to see if Bush could pass the test.

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7cambridge(4150 comments)posted 7 years, 10 months ago

Americans play baseball in Japan and baseball, football, soccer, and basketball in Europe and Golf on Asian and European tours and are not required to speak the languages.

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8dmets(575 comments)posted 7 years, 10 months ago

I think every one playing a sport in the USA should be able to speak english. It makes sense to me. Then everyone can communicate with each other. I don't think english needs to be their first language, but they should know enough to talk to the other players.

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9dmets(575 comments)posted 7 years, 10 months ago

I mean the only other way would to be have interpreters to communicate. You ask about the French Open? It is one event once a year. I'm sure the players have interpreters or knnow some French word to relate to the people working ther. Almost all LPGA events are played here in US. I think they need to make sure they have way to have open communication lines.

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10cambridge(4150 comments)posted 7 years, 10 months ago

A nation of people who refuse to learn others language should not require others to learn theirs. Disgraceful.

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