Originally Posted by M1EK
Comparing the Legends of Golf to SXSW on the iconic scale is absurd. Likewise with Concordia, which most of the people here never knew was even here. And neither of those events relied on Austin for ANY of their cachet - yes, I read your points claiming otherwise, but no, nobody here really cared about the Legends of Golf beyond golfers, and, no, the golfers really didn't care about it being in Austin.
The proper analogy would be golf:Augusta (or Pebble Beach or St. Andrews) :: SXSW : Austin.
I'll respect your opinion without using words like absurd, or arrogant or wtf.
Got to ask, were you around when the Legends was ours? It was bigger than SXSW at the time, well attended, myself included, and I don't golf, and one of the few nationally televised events that wasn't UT related, or ACL. I talked to Lee Traveno, Chi Chi and others who were heart felt grateful to Austin for giving them that event and wanted to keep it here. Lee Travino even told me he was considering building a house in Austin. They cared, I cared, thousands of others cared, you and everyone else didn't, fine, case closed. So to clearify, I was not trying to compare the events other than to give examples of other unexpected exits from Austin. Its been discussed in different forums, the news, online, that SXSW maybe a victim of its own success, that it may be growing too big too fast, and they cited the crowding and crowd control. So I don't think its a stunt that other cities could be interested in accommodating SXSW after reading or seeing reports like these. And I don't think that if enough people agree that its too big for Austin, that its impossible for it to move. Key word, impossible. I still call them the Baltimore Colts, another example...