March Madness: Why Is PGA Tour Trying To Compete With NCAA Tournament?

Ron FurlongAnalyst IIMarch 17, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 05:  A general view of the Butler Bulldogs playing against the Duke Blue Devils during the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 5, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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We've all heard the expression "too much of a good thing" or "absence makes the heart grow fonder." How about "oversaturation?"

These are all expressions the PGA Tour should take into consideration.

If you check out the PGA Tour schedule for the year 2011, you will see an almost entirely full calendar for the whole year. From the Hyundai Tournament of Champions the first week of the year to the Shark Shootout in early December, the year is full of golf.

Is this too much of a good thing? A diehard golf fanatic (is there such a thing?) might argue with me, but I say yes, it is too much.

The NFL plays less than half the year. The NBA and NHL seasons are longer, but there is still a good four-month shutdown. MLB takes about five months off.

All of these leagues and sports have a much larger fanbase than golf. Maybe this is one of the reasons.

This week is a great example of a time the PGA should have shut it down. Trying to compete with the first four days of the mega-popular NCAA basketball tournament is sheer madness at best.

Honestly, will anyone devote more than half an hour this weekend to the Transitions Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida?

Nothing against the Transitions Championship, but this is poor thinking on the PGA's part. Sit back and take a week off, for goodness sake. It's okay.

Another week the PGA should shut it down is the week of the British Open in July. But every year they try to go head-to-head with the oldest and most historic tournament in all of golf.

The season starts too early and goes too long, and it has oversaturated the product in this country.

Okay, enough of that. How does your NCAA bracket look this year?