Nationalism can inject necessary energy into challenging pursuits. The Apollo days harnessed Cold War nationalism to generate remarkable technical achievements. However, as no astronauts have left low-Earth orbit for 40+ years, it is clear that the shelf-life of this stimulus is limited. I believe that the same goes for nationalism in sports, particularly Elite Track… Continue reading Nationalism: Limited Value to Successful Sports Businesses and ET&F
Very favorable news has been released about the scale of the upcoming IAAF World Championships in London. According to published reports ( link ), 660,000 tickets have been sold for the 10-day meeting. Apparently, this indicates that London 2017 will break the existing record for the IAAF WC by almost 60%. This presents very good… Continue reading IAAF World Championships: ET&F’s “Major”
As reported on LetsRun.com ( link ) , 96.7 The Ticket (Dallas) had some fairly mocking contents regarding the recent Tracktown Summer Series (TTSS). Like much of sports talk radio, there was some good humor mixed in with a significant level of ignorance. Check out the above link. As I have said repeatedly on this site,… Continue reading Sports Radio Dumps On the Summer Series
As an experimental scientist, I derive more knowledge and benefit from trying things rather than theorizing about them. Many ideas about “what is needed” in Elite Track and Field (ET&F) tend to be in the theoretical realm. Sadly, they are mostly negative: “that will never work,” “they tried that once; it was a disaster”, “noone… Continue reading Good Experiment: Tracktown Summer Series
Always nice to garner a few moments of fame! Track and Field News has provided a mention of our discussion on Elite Track and Field in its July 4 online edition ( link ). Many thanks. Track and Field News has been at it for years. I recall fondly following the stories, and perusing the many… Continue reading Track and Field News Mention
My written ideas ( link to white papers ) might imply that pro tennis (PT) is somehow pure in limiting athlete compensation to tournament prize money and endorsements. As various Track and Field News readers have posted, this is fanciful ( link ). OK, point conceded. A star like Roger Federer apparently commands $500K to… Continue reading Correction #1–Appearance Fees in Tennis
A basic idea on this blog is that professional tennis (PT) conducts its structured business in a manner that Elite Track and Field (ET&F) does not. The organizational differences, I argue, are important drivers in one’s relative success. I dream (maybe crazily!) of what ET&F might look like when it offers more and bigger events,… Continue reading The Opposite Approach: Operating Tennis Like Track and Field?