Not Everyone Supports Nick
“This predicament is entirely of Symmonds’ own making. … For Symmonds to say he was ‘left off’ the team, as he did on Twitter, is disingenuous. To be clear: Symmonds chose not to sign by the deadline, with the predictable consequence …”
“The notion, of course, is that somehow USATF is screwing the athletes.” “Ridiculous.”
“How about real facts? For calendar year 2013, the federation took in revenue of $17,655,949. … USATF spent a combined $12,076,638 on 1. elite athlete competitions, $6,964,661; 2. athlete support and development, $3,543,976; …”
“Divide that sum by $17,655,949. That equals 59.5 percent.”
– Olympic writer Alan Abrahamson writing about the Nick Symmonds – USATF battle. Abrahamson counters Symmonds’ and Andrew Zimabalist‘s claim that the non-profit USATF only spends 8% on its athletes.
(LRC note: In 2014, USATF revenue went up tremendously because of the Nike deal and we think the vast, vast majority of that increase in revenue directly attributed to the Nike deal should go straight to Olympic-level athletes. It hasn’t. USATF got an undisclosed bump in revenue because of its Olympic athletes, they should get most of that money)
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