I don't think YOU understand what's happening here. Yes, there are rules in every sport, but Nick's contention seems to be that ours are prohibiting track's reentry into mainstream media and public life. The fact that Michael Jordan couldn't wear a "Gatorade billboard" on his back had nothing to do with his popularity. In the 1990s, you could've thrown a rock and hit someone who knew who Michael Jordan was. If you did that now, and asked them if they knew who Nick Symmonds is, they probably wouldn't know, and would be pretty angry that you threw a rock at them.
I don't always agree with everything Symmonds does and says to promote the sport, or the ways he goes about trying to change how little exposure our athletes get, but I am glad at least one of our athletes is at least trying to get our sport out there. The fact that the response is to ban him from meets and prevent him from running is, well... suffice it to say, very disappointing.