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  1. I don't think the sponsors can all be lumped into one group or marketing philosophy. Accenture wanted to emphasize commitment to professionalism. http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/20...nture_CA0.html (And the unfortunate tag line: "We know what it takes to be a tiger.") IMO Heuer did want to trade off an image that encompassed more than golf: "It is both his character and his achievements that make Tiger Woods unique" http://www.tagheuer.com/the-brand/st...aphy/index.lbl Gillette used a "champions" theme. On the other hand, it's part of Proctor and Gamble which traditionally cu
  2. We'll see. This incident has had a way of causing people to see how early certainty might be misplaced.
  3. It's still possible this is all a tall tale. But a friend of mine has been told the same thing by someone who lives in the same community. I don't think anyone can say for certain it's false, any more than they can say for certain it's true.
  4. I'm guessing you knew this and are asking hypothetically, but JIC: The US Open was not held 1942-1945. PGA was not held 1943. Masters was not held 1943-1945. So perhaps the question is reduced to - had same person won the PGA and Masters in 1942, wouild that have been a Slam?
  5. An interesting, and different, slant in a recent news item for consideration: Tiger Woods' extramarital affairs could cost you if you hold stock in a company he sponsors or a mutual fund that holds stock in those companies. A new study - not yet published in a journal - finds the market value lost to companies that had the golfer as a sponsor is already as high as $12 billion. http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/...sinstockmarket But - now a possible market buy opportunity?
  6. I had not heard about Heuer deciding to "stand by" Woods - last I heard, they had decided to suspend marketing relationships in the US, but I guess this was never completely defined. Interesting promo language on the Heuer web site: It is both his character and his achievements that make Tiger Woods unique..... With his personality and his results, he is a perfect example of prestige and performance which are so important to TAG Heuer. http://www.tagheuer.com/the-brand/st...aphy/index.lbl I have to say - a few ago I was in an upscale jeweler's for my annual Christmas penance to my
  7. Of course there are always some "damn statistics" somewhere to support just about any argument but I'm not sure this is right. A quick search shows that the National Golf Foundation (public records, I don't have access to their materials requiring registration) has reported the annual number of rounds has decreased (example, from 600 million in 2000 to 495 million in 2003, and 2% decrease in 2008 versus 2007); numerous manufacturers have gone out of business the past couple of years; and fewer courses are opening. Here's a different source making basically the same point: http://www.dailyb
  8. I don't think it's fair to say that Accenture was shady. While it was a part of AA, the consulting side was always completely separate from the accounting side that had problems with Enron. Within the past year, Motley Fool called their rep "pristine" ( http://www.fool.com/investing/value/...accenture.aspx ) and as far as I know, Accenture is well regarded by the international business commmunity. Its international ad campaigns io airports featuring Woods were very noticeable to travelling business execs, and given the focus on the campaign - integrity, discipline, reliability - in a se
  9. Not yet perhaps, but if they get into a nasty fight over other things, that could change. Not because it's Tiger, but because that's the way it frequently goes. Angry parties in litigation seize whatever leverage they can. It's not very good for the kids, but it happens.
  10. Like everyone else, I would be surprised if Woods used PEDs. My instinct is to doubt it, but I have learned that I cannot tell if anyone uses PEDs just by watching them (well, possibly excepting Bonds). But if the same story were posted about a doctor and track athletes or baseball players, I bet most people would think there could well be something to it and would be suspicious of the doctor's activities: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=4746860 : "Galea has a client list that includes former Canadian Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter Donovan Bailey and hurdler Mark Mc
  11. This is an important point. Kids have their own friends, social activities and routine. What they want and need is stability, not just to be dragged along; not usually a good idea to make their lives revolve around a parent's schedule. Besides, going to events will mean spending time to prepare properly and I don't see how this translates to quality time with the kids. I think the folks at Augusta will take a wait and see approach. If things begin to quiet down, I could see him playing the Masters. They are uniquely able to stifle undesired public commentary, including by the TV media at
  12. With regard to some of the legal and other strategies discussed above, the WSJ now has an op-ed: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...googlenews_wsj
  13. It was supposedly with a Hollywood madam - $60K for 6 dates in 2006 and 2007: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/nationa...I4e1IEA9ODtbpI
  14. You might be right with your first para, obviously I don't know about the history of the purchase, but on the second - we don't know what the pre-nup (original or amended) says in all relevant parts. Typically such agreements have clauses in which each party makes representations to the other about certain underlying facts that the parties rely upon in agreeing to the terms. It's possible the terms she accepted (original or amended) are conditioned on specific stated facts, or other conditions, which she might now claim are false and thus void her consent. Or, there may not be any such clau
  15. FWIW, on a radio talkshow last night, someone called in who said he owned a grocery store and had received a notice of product discontinuance well before this news broke. Woods still has some (deserved, IMO) lumps to take, and he'd better have a thick skin next season because the jokes will continue for a while, but the overwhelming history in the US is that "moral" transgressors can and usually do overcome such faults in the general public's eye. I'm sure there will be a percentage of people who will not forgive him, but how many are golf fans who attend an event? Plus, Woods is nothing i
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