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(The New York Times)   Old 'n rusted: Ironman Triathlons. New better paying endurance goodness: athlete-backed Professional Triathletes Organization   (nytimes.com) divider line
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2020-12-04 7:26:26 AM  
Interesting....but I think it will fail.  I would guess the majority of the winnings the elites get at major endurance events like Ironman and the World Major marathons comes from the entry fees of all the amateurs who also run the race.

There will never be a big TV contract for these things since it doesn't translate well to TV viewing and you can't really sell tickets to watch it in person to many people.  The vast majority of money for elites is likely endorsements and winnings from huge entry fees the common people pay to run behind these guys.
 
2020-12-04 7:29:26 AM  

The Googles Do Nothing: Interesting....but I think it will fail.  I would guess the majority of the winnings the elites get at major endurance events like Ironman and the World Major marathons comes from the entry fees of all the amateurs who also run the race.

There will never be a big TV contract for these things since it doesn't translate well to TV viewing and you can't really sell tickets to watch it in person to many people.  The vast majority of money for elites is likely endorsements and winnings from huge entry fees the common people pay to run behind these guys.


I missed the part in school where you were able to pay bills (theoretically) by running swimming and biking 140 miles....
 
2020-12-04 8:34:43 AM  
Pair it with a biathlon and put the targets on the triathletes. Ratings bonanza.
 
2020-12-04 8:47:27 AM  
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2020-12-04 10:23:27 AM  
It's just not that watchable. It's like 17 scoreless, hitless innings of baseball. Or watching golf.

If you don't take part in it, you can't appreciate it. And even then, it's pretty boring after a few minutes.

OTOH, I'm watching Amazon's 2019 Eco Challenge docuseries and it's really interesting from lots of angles -- rafting, orienteering, traveling through Fijian villages, plenty of diverse athletes from all ages and nations. They did a fantastic job with it, but a big part of that is the editing. Probably not something I would watch live.
 
2020-12-04 12:08:34 PM  
I never knew why Tony Stark was sponsoring that human endurance competition in the first place.
 
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