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Subject: RE: Centro Has Turned Pro
OK, comparing runners like Fernandez to Webb in terms of what they may or may not be offered from Nike, Adidas, etc. is being made to sound like its all about what "time" you've run.
Someone said basically "Webb ran 3:53", Fernandez ran 3:55 and was younger, so he should have gotten as much as Webb's contract".
Triple figure contracts are not thrown out hardly at all for runners. Times, marketability, sustainability, and can you help sell the brand.
Alan Webb had alot of factors that came into play when he received a 200k type contract. That was the beginning of a huge boom in popularity and media for HS running, to the point that along with Ritz Nike actually came out with Michigan and Colorado styled Nike Kennedy spikes, in recognition of Webb and Ritz. Webb made an international splash in his 3:53 on national television in a race against the world record holder, and it made for a nice media whirlwind fo him.
It came at a time when no HS kid had broken 4 for a very long time, and it was a big deal in newspapers and such.
This is how Webb got a big contract.
Fernandez doesn't have much of a personality presence, and he hasn't made the kind of popular splash like Webb did. And as much as times are great, and Fernandez had a phenomenal freshman year, winning competitive races go even further than running fast times, as Centro's season shows.
Unfortunately track & field doesn't hold enough popularityin general to warrant big 6 figure pay days, unless you are really winning races and helping to market running products successfully for your sponsors.
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