Depends on the appearance fee contract. Does she get the same money if she drops right now compared with dropping after starting and running a few miles and then saying that she knew she wasn't 100% but that she'd give it a try only to have the injury resurface so she didn't want to cause long term damage but thanks to all my fans for supporting me #inspiration #chicagomarathon #runnike #justdoit. ?
That's a great question. Also have to wonder if Chicago organizers are complicit in this sort of thing, because it allows them to continue to use Jordan to promote the race. Then once they have everyone's money and eyeballs they can say, oh what a shock and a bummer, Jordan drops out.
A lot of truth in this type of approach from big races, getting free advertising from the sporting press before the big name star "withdraws through injury". Back in 2014, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow were hard selling tickets hard on the back of Mo Farah racing. I know one of the GB endurance coaches who told me that he had no intention of running at those games. Funnily enough, he withdrew with an "injury" the week before.
Punters should have been able to get their money back as they were sold under false pretences.