This week you have seen several videos published on the AnhyzerTV YouTube Channel from the 2019 Jonesboro Open. The Jonesboro Open was the 3rd stop on the Disc Golf Pro Tour. We live about 3 hours from Jonesboro so we decided we would attend the event for the weekend and try to get some player interviews, big shots, and basically introduce ourselves to the touring pros and the DGPT. I thought I would share with you our experience that weekend from the viewpoint of a media team. The DGPT has been getting crucified all season because of the choices they have made concerning media. So for a behind the scenes look at our “media” experience, keep reading.
A few things I want to clarify before I get started here.
- We are not a shot by shot media team.
- I have never been to a DGPT event
- Jonesboro followed The Vintage Open weekend which allowed us to actually do shot by shot coverage due to it being in our hometown. You can see 3 rounds of Vintage Open on our YouTube Channel.
OK. Lets get transparent. Around The Memorial, I reached out for a media pass to attend the Jonesboro Open as a media entity. The cost was $50. This allowed myself (David), Darrell and my buddy Harvey to attend with video cameras and still photography equipment to capture videos, images, interviews, etc. The $50 media pass is considered “special projects”. We didn’t have a plan, we were just going to show up and wing it. During that time, around early March, DGPT was doing all of their own video in house. But they started getting a lot of negative feedback from fans who were unhappy with the live and post produced coverage. Since the big announcement last season about the DGPT bringing media all in house, Jomez, CCDG, Smashboxx and the like were not attending DGPT events. If you wanted to see coverage, for the most part it was on the DGPT channel. Again, fans were not happy.
Fast forward to the week of Jonesboro Open. The DGPT has now hooked back up with Smashboxx TV to help with live coverage and the Thursday before the tournament the DGPT announces that they will bring back 3rd party post produced coverage again. So all of our favorite media teams are coming back. Jomez, CCDG, and a few others adjust their schedule to start attending DGPT events again. Since this was announced the day before the Jonesboro Open started, their was literally no 3rd party media at the event. None. Fans only option for coverage was live stream on DGPT new “Disc Golf Network” and that was it. Smashboxx would cut up the live coverage into “smashcutts” and post it on their YouTube Channel as a form of post produced coverage.
Thursday I reached out to a contact at DGPT and asked him, “will there be any coverage of the MPO Chase cards?”. He told me no and that if we wanted to do it, we were invited to do so. Again, we’re not a shot by shot media team but he stated that he watched our Vintage Open coverage and thought we did well, so if we wanted MPO Chase Card, we could have it. Since our plan was to attend for the weekend and just do some video, images and interviews I let him know we won’t be able to do 1st round because we won’t even be there in time. He informed me that they understood and it was not an issue. I also asked for the following once I realized the weather was going to me miserable all weekend and we would have to be out there doing shot by shot coverage now.
- Some form of payment for my guys who would be helping me. We settled on $50 in merchandise credit each at the DGPT flymart.
- That the extra $100 fee for covering shot by shot be waived, it was.
That’s it. Could I have asked for more? Maybe. But our channel is new, we’re growing and although the workload was going to suck, I felt it would be worth putting in the work to cover the best players in the world. For me, it was about growing the channel and showcasing the sport. I considered it a long term physical work investment. Darrell and Harvey were on board, so off to Jonesboro we went. On our drive we found out our card would be McBeth, Simon, Chris Dickerson and Andrew Presnell. STACKED! We arrived Friday night, checked into our hotel and headed out to Buffalo Wild Wings. We hung out for a bit then went back to the hotel and made our plans for Saturday. The weather was going to be a factor.
Saturday morning we were up early and we went to the course. I met with Seth Findley and he gave us the scoop on the plans for that day, media wise. He also said that we could “basically do what we want”. So we followed the FPO Lead Card. We walked the entire course, discussed camera positioning and ways to keep cameras dry due to the oncoming rain. Darrell got some great images too. I also setup a few interviews for the following day. I met Steve Dodge. He thanked us for coming and we chatted about the weather and the plans for if it got ugly.
Our Saturday tee time was 3:15pm. I introduced myself and the team tot he players and told them that if we ere in a spot they didn’t like, to ask us to move. They were all very nice and courteous to us. We finished Hole 3 and the horn blew bringing us off the course. Now that the lead card had finished Hole 1, they were post point the round until tomorrow (Sunday) at 7:30am. Many players were not happy. Heck, I was bummed because Sunday was going to be a VERY LONG day. It also meant I couldn’t edit RD2 and do some player commentary. But the weather did get bad and it was probably best we weren’t on the course. We spent the rest of Saturday relaxing at the hotel and getting ready to go to the Flymart that evening.
We hit the flymart, I chatted with Paige Pierce, Steve Dodge, Seth and a handful of the amateur players that I knew locally. We got our $50 in merchandise and went back to the hotel. We were up at 5:00 am, had breakfast at the hotel and got to the course at 7:00. We sot the 2nd round in nasty conditions. The players were a bit low energy to get started but we all quickly warmed up and between holes had nice conversations about the sport. I realized that a backup as media person is a lot more enjoyable as player. I chatted with Paul McBeth, Uli, Simon and several other players as our 15 hole 2nd round took over 3 hours to complete. It was finally done. Seth hooked us up with a local and we headed to their house to dump SD cards and charge batteries. Steve Dodge showed up and brought about 7-8 pizzas to feed us and their crew. We watched Tiger Woods win the Masters.
Our 3rd RD tee time was 3:10 and for the 3rd RD we had Paul Ulibarri, Emerson Kieth, Eagle McMahon and Simon Lizottte. STACKED, AGAIN! The round started with some ugly conditions but as it progressed the weather got nicer and nicer. We captured all the video and I was super excited to get off that course and sit down. We all were muddy, wet and physically exhausted. I’m sure the players didn’t feel too great either. After awards I was able to snag a bunch more interviews and chat again with DGPT media. That’s it. We walked off the property to our car, headed to the gas station and then home. The fun work was about to begin.
So let me recap for those who just hate everything about the DGPT.
- We paid $50 for a media pass and received $150 total in merchandise from the DGPT. The only financial transactions of any sort.
- We were able to interview players, get video and images of other cards and the course.
- They put us up on Sunday between rounds (we were already checked out of our hotel) and fed us pizza while we watched The Masters.
- They were friendly and courteous.
- They actually put a lot of effort into their events.
- The players were awesome. Friendly, courteous and exciting to watch.
- All in all, we will break even, maybe on this trip. I bought extra equipment to handle shot by shot on short notice. There isn’t some huge “financial gain” by doing this.
- I’m proud of the team and of the videos we are releasing. You can see them at the link below.
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