I said in another thread beauty =power, and often $$$.
Yes, compared to the big 3, football, baseball and basketball, whose fans are mostly men, BTW, FS doesn't pay great. But those contracts are for several seasons and many games per season. Frankly I find the amounts obscene and way out of line considering its a GAME.
Re: the eligible world, can someone tell me where those hundreds of dollars for seats at USFSA/ISU events goes? What are the podium skaters earning? If not much, how do they justify ticket prices? Does the lion's share go for admin? Do these people ever open their books? Given the ticket prices, they must be getting a good chunk of change. Or is a top heavy ISU/USFSA greedily consuming those dollars? How do they justify ticket prices when very few can afford to attend?