Many of you may know all about 800 meter specialist, Olympian, and world championship silver medalist Nick Symmonds. Or maybe you know him as the 5:19 beer-miler, the co-founder of a caffeinated gum company, the dater of Paris Hilton, the eBayer of his skin, the suer of the USOC and USATF, or, as some might say, the Brad Pitt of track and field, professional publicity-stuntman, or a whiner.
Nick has long advocated for increased profit sharing between the governing bodies of the sport of track and field, like the USATF, and the athletes. I appreciate his efforts to make things better for the national and even world-class runners who can’t make a living running. However, the way he goes about bringing attention to
himself his cause is a bit much, in my opinion. Take for instance, his recent eBay auction in which he made $21,800 for nine square inches of advertising space on his shoulder. Maybe I’m jealous that no one would pay me 21 cents to advertise on my skin … or that I don’t have nine square inches of shoulder to offer. #distancerunnerprobs.
Anyway, I read an interview in which Nick said the way to make running a sport whose popularity rivals that of the “stick and ball” sports is to allow gambling on running. Betting on human running races? At first my eyes rolled and I thought, here we go again, Nick. Betting on runners like we would on horses sounded ridiculous and like another way for Nick to grab attention. But then the Kentucky Derby happened.
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