One of the major criticisms leveled at the world’s most prominent athletes over the years has been that they are too unwilling to take a stand on issues or criticize anyone or anything, for fear of upsetting sponsors and consumers. Two people often targeted in this criticism are Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan, the world’s two most recognized athletes. “Republicans buy shoes, too,” the old saying goes, and we’re left with press conferences that feature a lot of vanilla cliches.
So it came as something of a surprise on Friday that Tiger, while discussing his pretty awesome commitment to allowing children free admission to his own AT&T National golf tournament this weekend, lashed out at the New York Yankees’ new much-maligned stadium.
According to ESPN.com, Woods told the assembled media the following (bold added for emphasis):
“We don’t want to have what happened at Yankee Stadium,” Woods said Friday at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., site of the AT&T National. “Tickets are so overpriced that you can’t bring the family. We want to have everyone come out and enjoy being in a family atmosphere, walk around, have a good time and not have it cost an arm and a leg.”
That might not be considered coming from a more outspoken or lower-profile athlete, but for Woods, who is a multinational corporation in and of himself, those are pretty strong words. Hey, Yankees - when even the world’s most cliche-riddled athletes are making fun of you, you might want to consider some adjustments to your business model.