In the article on the homepage it says it costs $10 million to put on the trials. Where does this money go? How could it possible cost this much?
Most of the workers at the Trials are volunteers. USATF doesn't pay the expenses for all the athletes to travel, room, and per diem. They even charge the athletes and entry fee, very small but still absurd. There is prize money but I would imagine that comes from USATF and not the meet budget.
The meet does make money off tickets, food, I'd imagine things like parking, and probably gets some kickback from the city.
Does someone know where the bulk of that $10 million goes or is it a case of USATF fat cats padding their expense reports and living it up?
Its amazing how a sport that complains about money issues constantly does stupid things to not make money. Seriously how much more money could you bring in if you sold alcohol at the trials. Over all the days of the trials I'd say a quarter mil wouldn't be a bad guess.