They are not human beings, but they are persons (individuals) under the law. They have rights and responsibilities just like other persons. Have I just made it more confusing?
The pay for officiating at the U.S. Open is $115 to $250 per day. The umpires are suing the United States Tennis Federation, charging unfair labor practices for not paying overtime for officiating at delayed matches. The USTF's position is that these umpires and judges are not "employees" but rather "independent contractors," so they are not protected under federal labor laws.
I think it it next to impossible to overcome more than a century of tradition that figure skating is at heart an amateur enterprise run largely by unpaid volunteers.Originally Posted by gkelly
Is one tradition sacred and the other meaningless? What in the world do you really mean here
Tennis has changed with the times and adopted state of the art technology. The umpires are close to being ceremonial now and don't decide the close calls anymore.
The players are making so much money there are few arguments. Everybody is happy because the sport is booming.
ETA: Your use of the term "amateur" got me thinking.
Tennis used to be an amateur sport - and the Opens were closed to professionals who had there own circuit.
When the TV money came in Tennis - like Skating - and most other sports changed and experienced real growth.
Why have so many sports been able to adapt with the times and sustain their growth and success?
What happened to skating?
It's seems hard to deny the management of skating - ISU - has failed not just the fans but the skaters too.
When a sport or team has a failure like the SLC scandal, a terrible losing season, or loss of major TV revenues what happens?
Does a team fire all the players or is it typically managment that pays the price by being changed?
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I think to some extent this happens even with people who are within the system themselves to some extent. Members of skating clubs might look at club policies as coming from club leaders imposing rules on the rank-and-file members, rather than getting involved in club decision making themselves.
Even club presidents might resent policies coming down from federation headquarters. And federation officials might feel the same way about ISU decisions.
But for those who see only the elite skating on TV and read about the top-down decisions in print/internet coverage of the sport, the whole volunteer structure is invisible.