“It’s not just unusual, it’s NEVER happened that a federation, league or owner has made significant, appropriately valued concession to athletes without lots of disagreement. In this scenario, USATF presented the total value of the deal to the AAC back in February and refused to entertain any serious adjustments in the total value. This is a deal that USATF brokered with itself and is positioning it that the athletes / AAC have secured a major victory.”
– Statement by the TFAA (Track & Field Athletes Association) about USATF’s announcement last week on how they’ll be compensating the pros. The TFAA doesn’t just want to take USATF’s word that it’s a good deal. $1.8 of $10 million in increased revenues is just 18%. Pros in other sports generally get something like 40-50% of revenues.
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