A Duck wrote:
Mo's Money wrote:
Mo also made 250k pounds for running a half-a-thon. That was in 2013.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2286297/Mo-Farah-VERY-ambitious-wife-dash-cash-risks-tarnishing-Olympic-hero.html
Personally, I find it disgusting that one athlete commands so much while other athletes suffer financially.
I agree, and with the Equal Pay poster.
The fact that athletes still compete for FREE and DL meets is atrocious.
Obviously the big names deserve bonuses for drawing the house/crowds, but they can't race without a full field, and knowing a guy like Nick Symmonds has always had to appear for free, it's a scam, baby.
My immediate reaction to the stuff about Symmonds was "His agent isn't doing a very good job for him."
I really don't know the ins and outs of the pro T&F world, but I gather Symmonds agent is Chris Layne, and it doesn't look like Mr Layne quite has the clout at the moment to do much for Symmonds. Layne has an interesting client list - seehttp://www.usatf.org/groups/AthleteRepresentatives/directory/info.asp?ID=286
. Lot of recognizable names but I don't see anyone who's currently the kind of "must have" headliner that gives an agent like, say, Ricky Simms the leverage to get good treatment for clients at the level of a Symmonds.
Right now it seems like T&F works out well for the big shoe companies [e.g. Nike, Puma, adidas], the major agents [e.g. Ricky Simms, Jos Hermens], the major meets [DL and similar], the major national governing bodies [e.g. USATF, UKA] and the major stars [e.g. Bolt, Farah] and not so well for other stake holders [smaller shoe/apparel companies like Saucony, NB and Oiselle; pro athletes not at the headliner level, lesser agents, etc.]