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Lane9: Track, field & money
19 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Rule 40 says more about track & field than the IOC
The Rule 40 blackout period should be a non-issue for properly activated sponsorships. But for track & field, it's a dire event because the athletes and sponsors (if we can call them that) have such a superficial relationship.
8 minutes | May 19, 2021
Track & field needs to think value for value, not "thank you"
When was the last time you thanked your employer? Probably never, because you trade your work for their money. Pro track & field athletes need to approach their sponsor relationships the same way, and stop talking like they have nothing to offer.
14 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
What do track & field athletes offer their sponsors?
Track & field athletes lament their one-sided contracts, but the sponsors probably feel the same way. When was the last time an athlete, agent or property asked a prospective sponsor "What do you want? What would benefit you?" and then went back and figured out a solution?
16 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
What do track & field's sponsors aim to get from their sponsorships?
Sports sponsorship requires more from the brand and the property than slapping a logo on something. What did the sponsors of recent track & field events hope to get from their involvement, and did they do anything to reach that goal? What will Puma do to activate their new post-collegiate group in North Carolina?
13 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
An unashamedly desperate plea to track & field people: Be eagles
Two stories, five years apart, set the stage for a stark choice that everyone faces when someone new appears in your Inbox: be an eagle and respond, or be a s**tbird and ignore them.
10 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Never say no: US T&F athletes must stop trusting their "institutions"
Track & field athletes need purge the word "No" from their vocabulary, because the institutions to which they entrust their careers are far too comfortable saying "No" at every turn.
11 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Track & field needs a business class, Part II
Everyone involved in "professional" track & field should be ashamed that Ben Blankenship funded a race at the American Track League. But they won't be. Our advice to aspiring pro's or semi-pro's: Look elsewhere.
7 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
Grim year could get harder for T&F's post-collegiate athletes
Post-collegiate non-professional athletes were the majority of competitors at the 2016 track & field Olympic Trials. Any changes to the format for the 2021 trials would likely fall hardest on them.
14 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
Indoor T&F nationals cancelled: Crickets ensue
The combined response across track & field to USATF cancelling indoor nationals was...... silence? Apathy? Ignorance? What does that mean about the sport, the athletes and anyone's prospects going forward?
36 minutes | Aug 25, 2020
Lessons for long jumpers: T&F'rs need to watch more sports
Stockholm DL long jump was no different than what every other sport does all the time, but athletes and others within T&F wouldn't know that. T&F needs more experiments to create more opportunities, not less.
19 minutes | Jul 23, 2020
7/23/2020: Malicious compliance, get the F out, Maps & Money
- T&F athletes show how ridiculous their contracts are, but will anything change in the next negotiations? - T(F)AA - NALathletics Map is the first step towards being the AirBnB of Athletics, and that, in turn, is all about the money.
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