To the two above:
There are other ways these organizations make money.
I don’t mind paying, and I pay A LOT to be a fan of the sport that I have been a part of and have loved for 44 years.
There are times; however, (such as FloTrack), where I have to just flat-out STOP paying because of an inferior product.
There are other organizations that are doing things differently. Such as Sound Running, where I pay to view a particular competition and they’re completely transparent about 50% of my money going directly to the prize money and into the athletes’ pockets. Sign me up for that everyday!
Runner’s World? 40 years ago, 30 years ago, even 20 years ago it was great. It was how we as fans kept up on what our favorite distance athletes were doing around the world. I remember the issue about Carlos Lopez when he broke the marathon world record by 54 seconds and being the first man to run under 2:08. It was amazing. I looked forward to every issue in my mailbox. Now? It’s ads, ads, ads. Oh, and don’t forget about the multiple pages of hocking the products that are made by the companies that pay for ads. No thanks, not interested.
Now, oddly enough, when they DO have content that I want to read, such as the article about Goucher, I’m tempted to pay. But then again, I am all the time. And I just don’t. Because; if I were to, I’d be shelling out so much money that I’d be wondering at the end of the month “Where’d all my money go?” Oh, and then the next month I’d be shocked because everything is auto-pay and I just paid another month for something I’m not using, over and over and over again.
Just the other day I was doing some research on an athlete that just transitioned to the Masters age group. In that research, I came across MULTIPLE sources that I’d have to pay for to get old information about performances from years ago: Runner’s World, Running Times, Track & Field News, New York Times, etc. I’d have to start a subscription for ALL of those to even access one article that I was actually looking for. Just the subscription to Track & Field News alone would have cost me over $100 for a year (paid upfront for the whole year). I chose to find alternative sources and just went a different way with the information I was putting together.
Enough is enough for me.
YOU choose what YOU want to do, I’m cool with that. Didn’t even have to resort to belittling you.