Electronic Arts and golfer Tiger Woods have a long, lucrative history, but Tiger's recent extra-marital adventures have caused some of the athlete's other sponsors to drop him from endorsement deals. A recent survey sent by EA indicates the company is at least considering gamers' opinions of Tiger's sponsorship.
While the official EA line remains "We're sticking by Tiger," the survey asks:
EA SPORTS made a Tiger Woods video game. Has the controversy made your impressions of EA SPORTS more or less favorable, or has it had no impact?
Has the controversy made you more or less likely to buy a Tiger Woods related video game in the future?
Whether EA will drop Tig is a mildly compelling story, but it's of particular interest to me and Patrick "Scoop" Klepek. I think EA is going to drop Tiger before the next game, and Patrick thinks not. We have made a bet, the terms of which are as follows:
If EA drops the "Tiger Woods" name from their next "full" PGA golf game (Tiger Woods 11), Patrick has to play through all of Rogue Warrior, on the PS3. If the company retains the Tiger name, I have to play it. We even shook hands on the deal (see photo above.)
My theory is that there is still a proverbial shoe to drop in the Woods scandal -- maybe a video. Maybe a love child -- and this Tiger revelation will totally destroy Woods' viability as a game sponsor. Everyone else at G4 thinks I'm nuts, but I shall be vindicated!
What do you think? Is EA going to keep Woods around for PGA 11? Or is Patrick going to "Go Rogue?"