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    Quote Originally Posted by sky_fly20 View Post
    Yuna is the most celebrated athlete in Korea
    Although, ya know, Hyun-Jin Ryu is now 12-3 as a starting pitcher for the playoff-bound Dodgers. If the Dodgers win the World Series (and there's a lot of buzz around them right now), Yuna could be in for some real competition ........(um, please, no one flame me for talking about a non-skater ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robeye View Post
    Although, ya know, Hyun-Jin Ryu is now 12-3 as a starting pitcher for the playoff-bound Dodgers. If the Dodgers win the World Series (and there's a lot of buzz around them right now), Yuna could be in for some real competition ........(um, please, no one flame me for talking about a non-skater ).
    I know baseball is huge in Korea
    but is he marketable as Yuna is ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sky_fly20 View Post
    I know baseball is huge in Korea
    but is he marketable as Yuna is ?
    Well, let's just say that he's not exactly your conventionally handsome guy a la David Beckham or Tom Brady . He's 6' 2" and 255 lbs (188 cms and 116 kgs), although I bet he weighs a bit more when he's not taking his official physical . Basically, he looks like a friendly bear (with the small bear's ears on the sides of his big head). Except when he's on the pitcher's mound, when he can then look like a grizzly eyeing a nice salmon swimming by.

    He's also got a very friendly personality.

    I personally think he could become huge (he's already quite popular in Korea, because of his heroics in helping Korea win baseball Gold at the Olympics, so he's an OGM as well), but a lot depends, IMO, on how his current season plays out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robeye View Post
    Well, let's just say that he's not exactly your conventionally handsome guy a la David Beckham or Tom Brady . He's 6' 2" and 255 lbs (188 cms and 116 kgs), although I bet he weighs a bit more when he's not taking his official physical . Basically, he looks like a friendly bear (with the small bear's ears on the sides of his big head). Except when he's on the pitcher's mound, when he can then look like a grizzly eyeing a nice salmon swimming by.

    He's also got a very friendly personality.

    I personally think he could become huge (he's already quite popular in Korea, because of his heroics in helping Korea win baseball Gold at the Olympics, so he's an OGM as well), but a lot depends, IMO, on how his current season plays out.
    He sounds great! I'm so excited about the Dodgers this year. Fingers crossed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robeye View Post
    Well, let's just say that he's not exactly your conventionally handsome guy a la David Beckham or Tom Brady . He's 6' 2" and 255 lbs (188 cms and 116 kgs), although I bet he weighs a bit more when he's not taking his official physical . Basically, he looks like a friendly bear (with the small bear's ears on the sides of his big head). Except when he's on the pitcher's mound, when he can then look like a grizzly eyeing a nice salmon swimming by.

    He's also got a very friendly personality.

    I personally think he could become huge (he's already quite popular in Korea, because of his heroics in helping Korea win baseball Gold at the Olympics, so he's an OGM as well), but a lot depends, IMO, on how his current season plays out.
    The Dodgers are on an amazing run! My dream matchup for the Fall Classic: LA vs Det with any of the two winning in Game 7 at home with a walk-off. Sorry about deviating from the topic

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    Who's deviating? We're just widening the margins a bit.

    Since we're talking about it, I just watched the wonderful movie 42, about Jackie Robinson's first year in the major leagues. For those of you not from baseball countries, in 1947 Jackie Robinson was the first black player to be brought into the major leagues of baseball. It was a huge moment. For many people, it sounded the opening chord of the civil rights movement. Anyway, the visionary man who decided it was time to integrate baseball was Branch Rickey, the chief executive of the Dodgers, then located in Brooklyn in New York City. So right now I'm feeling a special warmth for the Dodgers. Go, Dodgers!

    Back to YuNa.

    Go, YuNa!

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    Yuna has made it onto the Forbes Highest-Paid Female Athletes for the fourth year in a row.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbade...male-athletes/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    Who's deviating? We're just widening the margins a bit.

    Since we're talking about it, I just watched the wonderful movie 42, about Jackie Robinson's first year in the major leagues. For those of you not from baseball countries, in 1947 Jackie Robinson was the first black player to be brought into the major leagues of baseball. It was a huge moment. For many people, it sounded the opening chord of the civil rights movement. Anyway, the visionary man who decided it was time to integrate baseball was Branch Rickey, the chief executive of the Dodgers, then located in Brooklyn in New York City. So right now I'm feeling a special warmth for the Dodgers. Go, Dodgers!

    Back to YuNa.

    Go, YuNa!
    Yes! 42 was a very moving film. One of the greatest moments in the sport, the Brooklyn Dodgers captain Pee Wee Reese approaching Robinson to support his historic appearance at the mlb game, silencing the crowd momentarily. Number 42, the number retired in all mlb ball parks and only worn on April 15 by all mlb players.

    Quote Originally Posted by aftertherain View Post
    Yuna has made it onto the Forbes Highest-Paid Female Athletes for the fourth year in a row.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbade...male-athletes/
    Cool! No surprise 7 of the top 10 are tennis players. Good to have a figure skating representative in the top ten, when the players in the big spectator sports like soccer, basketball or volleyball didn't make the list. A bit surprised to see only one golfer in the top ten, given the decent popularity of golf in all of NA, East Asia and Europe. What would be the reason for the huge disparity in prize money between PGA and LPGA, when there's no such gender gap in tennis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thinspread View Post
    The Dodgers are on an amazing run! My dream matchup for the Fall Classic: LA vs Det with any of the two winning in Game 7 at home with a walk-off. Sorry about deviating from the topic
    I'm a life-long Red Sox fan (my home team). I want a Sox-Dodgers matchup, but with Boston finally prevailing in 7 in a epic series, preferably ending at Fenway .

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    This has probably been mentioned before, but beyond the obvious - her looks and accomplishments, her strong English language skills have a LOT to do with helping to push her marketability on a global basis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thinspread View Post
    Yes! 42 was a very moving film. One of the greatest moments in the sport, the Brooklyn Dodgers captain Pee Wee Reese approaching Robinson to support his historic appearance at the mlb game, silencing the crowd momentarily. Number 42, the number retired in all mlb ball parks and only worn on April 15 by all mlb players.



    Cool! No surprise 7 of the top 10 are tennis players. Good to have a figure skating representative in the top ten, when the players in the big spectator sports like soccer, basketball or volleyball didn't make the list. A bit surprised to see only one golfer in the top ten, given the decent popularity of golf in all of NA, East Asia and Europe. What would be the reason for the huge disparity in prize money between PGA and LPGA, when there's no such gender gap in tennis?

    Thinspread, I had known about the Pee Wee Reese moment for years, but they did it so effectively in this movie that I started to tremble, and I cried for about five minutes. I felt like a witness to the actual event. And I too love that the film actually showed a bunch of players all wearing the 42 at the end.

    There's only one golfer on the list? That's a surprise to me, too. Is it just a disparity in prize money, or is there also a disparity in how many endorsements female golfers get?

    KD, I also thought about YuNa's English. It doesn't just help her in places like America, but I imagine it would give her an entree into markets in Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Philippines, where English is widely spoken as a second or third language.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robeye View Post
    I'm a life-long Red Sox fan (my home team). I want a Sox-Dodgers matchup, but with Boston finally prevailing in 7 in a epic series, preferably ending at Fenway .
    A RedSox-Dodgers matchup would be terrific too

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    Thinspread, I had known about the Pee Wee Reese moment for years, but they did it so effectively in this movie that I started to tremble, and I cried for about five minutes. I felt like a witness to the actual event. And I too love that the film actually showed a bunch of players all wearing the 42 at the end.

    There's only one golfer on the list? That's a surprise to me, too. Is it just a disparity in prize money, or is there also a disparity in how many endorsements female golfers get?

    KD, I also thought about YuNa's English. It doesn't just help her in places like America, but I imagine it would give her an entree into markets in Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Philippines, where English is widely spoken as a second or third language.
    The exceptional Roger Federer aside, top female tennis stars earn as much in prize money and endorsements as male stars. In golf, even after you count out Woods and Mickelson as exceptional cases, top female golfers earn only a fraction of what top male golfers make in both winnings and endorsements. In both golf and tennis, like as in any sport, there is a huge gender gap in athletes' power and performance scale. But the difference in cross gender parity in prize purse and endorsement money is wide. Maybe because there is a larger population of casual female players/fans for tennis vis-a-vis golf? I guess golf is enjoyed by a predominantly male population, compared to tennis.

    For fun I looked up top 100 highest paid athletes in 2012-2013. Not surprisingly 75% of them come from major league sports like soccer, NBA, NFL and MLB. Some tidbits:
    Not one from winter sports made the list: no NHL players, Shaun White or YuNa Kim.
    Only 3 female athletes made the list, all from tennis: Sharapova, Serena Williams, and Li Na.
    In general, soccer players and NBA stars made far more in endorsements than NFL or MLB players did.
    Usain Bolt is the only track and field star in the list and the only one from a sport with no professional tour/circuit or league.

    Back to YuNa, I guess a combination of factors made her the most celebrated and financially successful female athlete in Korea. Good looks definitely help, too. She's a special case in the sense that I bet there is a much bigger population in Korea that enjoy golf compared to skating, yet Kyung-Ju Choi, Seri Pak, Jiyai Shin or this year's 3-time major tornament winner Inbee Park can't match YuNa's marketing potential. I wonder how much Mao Asada makes in Japan, compared to their tennis or golf stars like Kimiko Date, Ryo Ishikawa or Ai Miyazato.

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    That's really interesting, Thinspread.

    I suspect that you're right about the audience for golf being mostly men, in the U.S. at least, judging by the kinds of TV commercials they air during golf games. This seems to be one of those times when men would rather look at other men, not at women, because the spokesperson for a golf-related product is someone they wish they were, not someone they want to desire. This is my amateur psychological analysis early in the morning!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    That's really interesting, Thinspread.

    I suspect that you're right about the audience for golf being mostly men, in the U.S. at least, judging by the kinds of TV commercials they air during golf games. This seems to be one of those times when men would rather look at other men, not at women, because the spokesperson for a golf-related product is someone they wish they were, not someone they want to desire. This is my amateur psychological analysis early in the morning!
    They are not golf games. They are championships, or tournaments, and sometimes matches, but never games.

    (Ah, Ms. Olympia, you missed your calling. You've got me identified as neatly as a bug pinned to a card . The only exception being that I'd let Paula Creamer sell me a new pitching wedge anytime )

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    I think it is maybe not so much that we want to be like the great golfers that we see on television, but rather that we think we are (or could be) like them. Unlike athletes in other sports, golfers don't look like athletes. They look like us.

    Here's John Daly, winner of the 1991 PGA and the 1995 British Open (I better say, the "Open Championship" before Robeye gets on my case. )

    http://www.linkslifegolf.com/wp-cont...daly-pants.jpg

    When we see a quarterback throw a football 60 yards in the air, or a sprinter run 100 meters in 9.6 seconds, or a figure skater rip off a triple axel,well, all we can do is sit back and watch. But in golf every weekend duffer once in a blue moon gets off a dandy shot and thinks, gosh if I could just do that twice in a row I'd be right up there with these guys.

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