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Poster: Stephan Shay
Subject: WEJO off the mark on Nick Symmonds' comment
I don't think the point that Symmonds was trying to make was that allowing other corporate sponsorships on uniforms, etc, would essentially make runners/track athletes into superstars like Lebron James or the like. Obviously, most runners are not superstars, but many elites ARE hovering right around the poverty line. All Symmonds is trying to say is that allowing for further sponsorship opportunities on an athlete's uniform (or the athlete's body, in the case of Lauren Fleshman) would allow for an extra few thousand dollars here or there. This may not present the chance of attaining a superstar-like salary, but could keep many "worthy" athlete's from having to scrape by. Symmonds mentioned that if he was fresh out of college, he might not be able to get the word out because he wasn't yet a national champion. I am fairly fresh out of college, and I am not a national champion, but I think that as an emerging elite, I NEED to speak up about this because, frankly, emerging elites are probably the most frequently impacted by this issue. I am a big fan of your website, and think it is great with how many people you've been able to reach out to in the running community. That being said, I was a little disheartened to read your response on the front page, as I feel you kind of missed the mark. With how many people you reach out to, i think you should be a bigger advocate for the athletes on this issue. Lets face it, few runners/track athletes are paid their worth for the amount of work that needs to be put in to be competitive on a national/international level.
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