We've revealed New Balance's contract offer to Berian in this article: http://www.letsrun.com/news/20...-revealed/
In that article we laid out a few scenarios so you all can discuss how much pros make. The contract says nothing about making appearances on New Balance's behalf etc. Is that all in the long form?
Scenario #1- He keeps running great, PRs, and gets bronze at the Olympics â€“ $227,500 earned in 2016 with bump in salary to $175,000 next two years
Berian is already off to a tremendously successful start to 2016. He won the NB Indoor Grand Prix ($3000 bonus), USA Indoors ($2000 bonus), World Indoors ($10,000 bonus), the Pre Classic (Diamond League $5000 bonus). So he would have already earned $20,000 in bonuses. If he goes on to win the Olympic Trials ($7,500 bonus), heâ€™ll be up to $27,500. If he PRs along the way ($15,000 bonus) that would almost assure him a US #1 ranking and an extra $10,000 so that would be $52,500 in bonuses. He would dwarf all of that with an extra $50,000 in bonuses with an Olympic bronze and an extra $50,000 in base pay the next two years.
Scenario #2- Does everything but medal at Olympics â€“ Does all the above but finishes 4th at Olympics instead of 3rd and ends up world ranked #3 â€“ $177,500 in 2016 with $135,000 next two years (3rd vs 4th would cost him $130,000)
Scenario #3- Successful but not the best -#2 in US indoors ($1000) and out ($5000), US ranked #2 ($5000) no PRs, but 3 ($1000 x 3) top-3s in Diamond League races, #8 world ranking (no bonus because US ranking $ is higher) â€“ $139,000 in 2016 and $127,500 in base pay the next two years
Scenario #4- Good US runner who doesnâ€™t make Olympics â€“ #4 at Trials ($0), 5th in 2 Diamond League meets ($0) ends up ranked #4 in USA $125,000 in 2016, same base in 2017 and 2018
Scenario $5 Gets hurt before Trials and is injured for most of 2017 and 2018 but pulls one out of nowhere to make Worlds in 2017 as US #3. He would still make $125,000 this year and in 2017 and 2018 if there are no reductions. He would get a $1000 bonus for finishing 3rd at USAs next year.