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Jubb said htis was interesting exchange:
"Why not form your own league...a U.S. track league and set up your own meets (and create your own rules)?"
That's a viable option. It's an option that a lot of people have looked at and could be entertained in the future. But it's our hope that it is something that wouldn't have to be done…That is something we have talked about. We've been contacted by individuals--big companies and groups that think that it's a great idea. But the Olympic Games are the Olympic Games. Most of us would perform in the Olympic Games for free because we're able to compete for our country and that's where our heart is at.
A lot of people have talked about a track league. I could see how a track league acting as a cartel of sorts that forces athletes to race one another could help the profile of the sport. Nearly every other pro sport functions like this. Take the PGA tour for example. Not anyone can just sign up for an event. You have to be a PGA tour member. In tennis, if you don't play certain events you can't be ranked.
But with a "league" certain athletes would be excluded and the athletes would not own it, The owners who put up the money would. So you're going to have some of the same issues you have with the current system.
It seems like there are two issues:
1) How much money/interest there is in the sport? and
2) How to divide it?
The biggest issue I think is #1, increasing the overall popularity of the sport. Until we do that, everyone is fighting over crumbs.