Read this article this morning from the New York Times. Plus great pic of Bryan after winning the 100m on Day 1:
It is an interesting piece about the challenges of being an elite track and field athlete.
Bryan is a good friend of mine, and is by no means struggling. But on the same lines, I have neighbors who are mid-level managers at bankrupt companies who almost certainly out-earn Bryan.
I’ve long thought that US track and Field could benefit from a more robust post-collegiate track and field league (with teams, dual meets, etc) – and could even mix it up a little bit by throwing in some non-track events (Think American Gladiator sort of things). Track athletes are physically perhaps the most impressive athletes on the planet, but make less money than minor league baseball players.
While it is obvious that none in Track chose this sport for the money, there has to be better ways for top competitors to make a decent living.
Am curious of others’ best ideas on how track and field could be made more mainstream and lucrative in the US.