Originally Posted by JoesitzI don't know why I am so interested in the financial aspect of sports, but I am. I see that Kobe Bryant just signed with the Lakers for $136,000,000 -- taking the edge off his loss of revenue from the cancellation of his MacDonald's endorsements.Originally Posted by berthes ghost
I think these so-called cheesefests are becoming the new "pro circuit," taking the place of the World Pro, etc., as that generation of skaters (Kristi Yamaguchi , Bryan Boitano, Kurt Browning) pass the torch. I think it is quite telling that as soon as the organizers get Michelle and Sasha to commit, they know they've got a show and it's time to roll the presses, even while other invitations are being mulled over and other negotiations are taking place.
Michelle Kwan is really the only name that the USFSA can peddle to the television networks and to potential sponsors who are trying to attract a large audience outside of hard-core skating fans. Sasha is just one major championship away from achieving that kind of recognition. Now round up the usual suspects and away we go.
I am very curious to know what kind of fees the agents of Evgenny Plushenko can negotiate for their client for something like this. Plushenko is the man -- but he's the man in a sport where the women attract the most interest.
Or what about Shizuka Arakawa? How much is a world championship worth? Last year, Shizuka was shoehorned into the December show in Auburn Hills at the last minute when Irina Slutskaya withdrew. The only reason Shizuka was invited was that she was living in the area, training a few miles down the road, and she could step in at moment's notice. She skated great on a night when all of the other ladies had verticality problems and she finished second (probably should have won).
Joe, you have long lamented that serious pro competitions as opposed to shows, have fallen by the wayside. Maybe this is it.