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I think this is crap. It may be true that golf is boring to watch on tv for the non-fan, but it also states that American Football is boring. That may be the case also, I watch golf, not much football. BUT the top 30 TV Shows in terms of viewership are pro and college football. So people must like to be bored.

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I usually don't watch golf until the final round on Sunday - that's when the drama happens. Remember Koepkas hook on 18 this past Sunday? My father-in-law and I were howling at the screen - OMG! Oh NO! I love those moments in golf. I can relate! 

 

As far as boring goes - NASCAR! It has been completely stripped of anything authentic.

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I feel like I only watch some of these sports during the Olympics.  The rest of the time if I would see them on, I would just change the channel.

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As far as boring goes - NASCAR! It has been completely stripped of anything authentic.

 

Manufactured entertainment. Apparently it is unreasonable to expect consumers to actually learn about the strategies and intricacies of whatever they are watching.

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Cricket...........how dull is...........I can't even be bothered to finish the sentence it's that dull ;)

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I don't watch a lot of golf on television, however the Tour De France starts in a few days. First of all I am a long time cycling fan and it used to be my primary recreational sport. Second, there is nothing more boring than watching 100 skinny white guys ride along a flat road in France where the big moment is when someone stops for a “nature break”. It used to be you could get a good 30 minute or 1 hour highlight show and move now. Now they put on looping live coverage of the entire stage. On a sprint stage there is only about 2 minutes that matter.

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I suspect the poll has some tomfoolery going on here from the Curling fans just north of us :D.  Funny thing is that when we're in Yuma wintering, you can look down the street (Park Model Park) and see many TV's on watching either curling or hockey.  Our Canadian neighbor seems to have a curling game (match?) on all the time - I had no idea they play it that much.

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Curling- like golf- can be very intense to watch, but I think you need to play it to really understand...

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SNOOKER? For real?

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 baseball isn't on the list.  Now if anything is more boring than golf, that would be it.

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I was flipping through the channels and happened to come across televised badminton. I've seen darts, scrabble, and chess tournaments televised, but never this. Had to turn the channel back to the Bridgestone before I threw my clubs away and decided this was the route to go.

 

I always enjoyed playing in gym class and there's nothing wrong with it, but watching golf is more fun. 20180805_170614.jpeg

 

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I was flipping through the channels and happened to come across televised badminton. I've seen darts, scrabble, and chess tournaments televised, but never this. Had to turn the channel back to the Bridgestone before I threw my clubs away and decided this was the route to go.

 

I always enjoyed playing in gym class and there's nothing wrong with it, but watching golf is more fun. attachicon.gif 20180805_170614.jpeg

 

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Me too, but I was raised in a blue collar family, not a white collar family. Rugby League is played buy the "working class" while Rugby Union is more played by the University crowd.

 

I was always told "Soccer is a gentleman's sport played by hooligans. Rugby is a hooligan's sport played by gentlemen". Usually at the Saturday local games, but folks were all League > Union.

 

I'm not surprised golf didn't rank well in a poll about levels of "excitement". I love watching golf on TV, but I can't say it has the excitement per hour of other sports. Length of play and style of coverage is different. Consistent excellence vs fast paced and reactionary play. It builds over time and can come down to a few high pressure moments separating the top finishers.

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YouGov as far as I'm aware is a UK polling company so the results are going to UK centric (reason why there is no Baseball). Although I don't disagree with the overall results they are going to be heavily skewed by terrestrial TV coverage. Golf gets no coverage on terrestrial except for The Masters and The Open, the BBC coverage is average to say the least with Peter Alliss' commentary that hasn't changed in 30 years. It doesn't appeal to anyone except golfers. Sky (subscription) is more technology savvy and has a channel dedicated to Golf. It covers PGA, LPGA, European Tour, more. Golf coverage must engage the non-initiated, more Trackman, real experts and not waffle. Wayne Rylie on-course is excellent on Sky, 90% of the time he calls correctly the shot the player has to play and why before they play 

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It's really not surprising and the people that probably voted on it don't play it. There's nothing better than hanging with your buddies and not having to worry about anything else. And it sure as hell beats sitting at a bar 4-5hrs being piss drunk and spending probably the same if not more money on a bar tab

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This is an old one.

 

But who ever voted it boring has never stood on the tee on a par 3 and got the racing heart from a dead online ball heading straight towards the flagstick.

 

I played football, baseball, soccer, ran track....

 

NOTHING compares to that feeling of a well struck golf shot.

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I think that Rugby thirteens and Rugby fifteens are both more entertaining football games than soccer.

I'll never get the world attraction to the latter.

 

But none of the three can match Tom Brady engineering a fourth quarter drive--last February not withstanding.

 

 

 

 

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Darts scores better than golf? This must have been a poll of non golfers and their watching preferences. I do think most non golfers would find it boring to watch on tv since they don't know or understand the nuances of the game. Before I started playing I couldn't understand why people would watch it.

 

 

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You have to read the qualifier in the title of the chart.

 

"% of those who had watched each sport"

 

So, how many golfers have watched all of those sports.  If you haven't, you wouldn't qualify to vote.  If you watched some of those other sports, chances are you probably aren't a golfer.  

 

Some people may find golf boring if they don't play.  However, I suspect that even some people who don't play golf are partially responsible for the high ratings for tournaments where Tiger was in the field.

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I loved those Saturday afternoon TV matches even more than tournaments when I was a young kid.

 

Jimmy Demaret and Gene Sarazen did the commentary.

 

Great fun, and a little educational too.  The Squire would demonstrate shots and afterward, I'd try them in the backyard using those plastic balls with the holes in them.  Do they still make those?

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