I don't care AT ALL about Tiger Woods. I don't play golf. I don't watch golf. I don't care if Tiger Woods is faithful to his Wife. I don't care what was going on last week, nor do I care what will happen in the future in regards to Tiger Woods. I don't read news stories about the ongoing drama, because it doesn't interest me.
That point aside, I've heard something over and over during the past week - and its driving me nuts.
"Tiger Woods deserves his privacy and whatever goes on in his "private" life is nobody's business. Everyone should leave him alone to sort it out in PRIVATE."
That might be true if Tiger Woods was a "regular" person. I think it would be true if Tiger had chosen to be a guy who was just really good at playing golf. He's not, though.
Tiger Woods' job is not "Golfer".
His job is being "Tiger Woods: Celebrity Golfer" (TWCG). Those are two very different careers, with two very different salaries and two very different job descriptions.
In 2007, Tiger Woods made about $11,000,000 by hitting a little ball into a slightly less-little hole. From what I hear, he's really good at it. Probably the best golfer in the history of EVER, some say. For that, he earned a huge paycheck. Now, he would have made that paycheck had he been the worst asshole on the planet, an alcoholic, and a chronic strip club patron - as long as he could still technically play the game of golf better than anyone else. $11 million is what being the best Golfer in the world gets you.
What to know how much Tiger Woods actually made in 2007?
That's TEN TIMES his "golfer" salary. He got that increase in salary because he's NOT Tiger Woods Really Good Golfer. He's Tiger Woods Celebrity Golfer. It pays a lot more, due to endorsements, and sponsorships. It comes with lots of other perks. When you're TWCG, you get to visit the Whitehouse. You get to hang out with Oprah. You get preferential treatment at clubs and restaurants. You are loved by millions of adoring fans.
But you don't get all that extra bling, without taking on extra responsibilities and job duties. Do you think Tiger would have gotten the gig as TWCG if he had been the boozing, strip club creep that I described before?
Unfortunately for Mr Woods, he's discovered that one of the extra responsibilities that comes with all that income is extra attention from the public and press - even when you don't especially want it. He was very happy to have the media and public attention when raking in cash by selling Buicks. I don't recall him spurning invitations from Oprah or The President himself, on the grounds of wanting to maintain his "privacy".