One question that’s long intrigued and motivated us is: What will it take for track & field athletes to realize that none of this is worth it? “This” being the whole Olympic-centric or, one step below, Team USA-centric career goals and hoop dreams.
Finding a running track is pretty easy: go to the nearest high school. If you’re not picky, maybe even a middle school. You can try a nearby college, but most reserve their tracks exclusively for their track & field teams (especially at Division I schools)....
The Rule 40 blackout period for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games started on July 13. This should be a non-issue for a properly activated sponsorship, so of course it’s a source of angst for track & field.
Twelve athletes set meet records at the US Track & Field Olympic Trials. We know these happened at the new Hayward Field, but where exactly did they happen within track & field’s most expensive stadium?
International students made up 30% of the top 10 finishers at the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. These athletes are a unique subset of the athletes we need to keep in the sport past graduation.
Three track & field meets used a pay-per-view revenue share to build their prize purses. Several weeks later, the ratings - and, therefore, the revenue and prize purse - have still not been publicized.
Track & field does not do a very good job holding itself together. The layout of some track & field stadiums makes you wonder if the builders realized they were supposed to build one facility for a single sport.
Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal from the French Open has drawn into the open (if it was ever hidden) the relationship between athletes, media and money. Track & field athletes can’t afford to pass up a single microphone this summer, or any other.