LRC's Wejo's note: Yesterday USATF announced a new plan to compensate top athletes with an extra $9 million over 5 years. There is a press release here and Alan Abrahamson has more details here.
Alan Abrahamson's headline has Dwight Phillips words calling this 'monumental'. While a definite positive step, I don't think USATF deserves a lot of praise for giving athletes the sponsorship money that comes from Nike sponsoring the Olympic team. That is what should be done. What was missing yesterday is a) all the details and b) how much Nike is paying to sponsor the USATF teams.
I propose we use this thread to hash out the details, to explicitly lay out what athletes get now vs previously, and also get at b. For example, if Nike is paying an extra $7 million a year (I made up this number) to sponsor the Olympic team and USATF athletes are only getting $2 million of this, I don't think that is a good deal. If they are paying an extra $3 million and athletes are getting $2 then obviously that is better. I edited the title of the thread. Original post below.
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They will also increase cash bonuses for athletes who medal in those events.
This is a good step. I would like to see them put a little into developing athletes as well, rather than just awarding the top-3 in each event.