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Old 05-09-2022, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Sarasota
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They're both expensive sports to play, so you have to have some degree of wealth, especially at the competitive level. This bleeds through to the fans as well. While you don't need to be rich to play golf or tennis, it does require some sort of investment just to get started and more money as you stick with it.
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Old 05-10-2022, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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They're both expensive sports to play, so you have to have some degree of wealth, especially at the competitive level. This bleeds through to the fans as well. While you don't need to be rich to play golf or tennis, it does require some sort of investment just to get started and more money as you stick with it.
Golf I get, tennis?

Tennis is the one I don't get. It isn't space intensive, it seems lots of city parks have nets/courts. It isn't equipment intensive, the best players in the world use $350 rackets, so younger/less serious folks can get by with way less investment. No other notable equipment; sneakers and normal athletic wear.
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Old 05-11-2022, 09:00 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I would rather go for polo as the most elite sport.
I would probably consider the most elite sport to be yacht racing. I once worked for a couple that raced their yacht out of the Berkeley, CA marina, and yes, they were rich.
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Old 07-22-2022, 12:00 PM
 
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I would probably consider the most elite sport to be yacht racing. I once worked for a couple that raced their yacht out of the Berkeley, CA marina, and yes, they were rich.
And inside yacht racing, I'd put down a vote for the J-class as the pinnacle. 10-20 million for the boat, 2-3 million/yr in upkeep, a professional crew and the cost of moving it around the world to where the events are. They are pretty, though.
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Old 07-25-2022, 01:49 PM
 
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I worked in the golf industry for years. I would say your perspective is outdated. With the advent of Tiger Woods, which is now 20+ years ago, golf changed dramatically. It is now much more a sport of the common slob in terms of both participation and attendance. I hate it, but then I'm an elitist, at least as far as golf is concerned.
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Old 07-25-2022, 05:37 PM
 
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I worked in the golf industry for years. I would say your perspective is outdated. With the advent of Tiger Woods, which is now 20+ years ago, golf changed dramatically. It is now much more a sport of the common slob in terms of both participation and attendance. I hate it, but then I'm an elitist, at least as far as golf is concerned.
Hmmm... What made Tiger Woods stand out from other popular golfers?
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Old 07-26-2022, 02:41 PM
 
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Compared to Formula 1 auto racing, golf/tennis are for the unwashed masses.
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Old 07-28-2022, 10:56 AM
 
Location: The DMV
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Hmmm... What made Tiger Woods stand out from other popular golfers?
In the modern era - it's pretty much him and Jack Nicklaus who are in the argument on the greatest that has ever played the game.

simple as that.

There is no one that has played the sport better than he did in the last 40 or so years.

Unfortunately for Jack, media hype, technology, and sports marketing was also in it's infancy when he played. So Tiger also benefited from being plastered everywhere via the media. Not to mention being more recent.... recency bias is real.
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Old 07-31-2022, 06:36 AM
 
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I’d imagine the median household income in the stands at the Women's World Cup SL and GS events at Killington on Thanksgiving weekend is north of $300k. Most own vacation homes at ski resorts. An awful lot of NYC tri-state, metro Boston, and lower Fairfield County 1%ers. There aren’t many poor families with kids in ski resort junior programs.
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Old 07-31-2022, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Golf I get, tennis?

Tennis is the one I don't get. It isn't space intensive, it seems lots of city parks have nets/courts. It isn't equipment intensive, the best players in the world use $350 rackets, so younger/less serious folks can get by with way less investment. No other notable equipment; sneakers and normal athletic wear.
I think he was talking about the competitive, not recreational level. Even golf can be played rather inexpensively by the ordinary working man even if it is more expensive than tennis. Lots of Regular Joes play golf.
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