Originally Posted by Cozy Beehive
Thanks for the comments so far, like I said Joe helped write most of it and I played a small part in bringing it out to the public.
There was an interesting comment for the post in my email today. It went like this :
I can't answer this comprehensively enough. What factors are exactly contributing to a winner's paycheck apart from sponsors payout and such? Is there a slice of public money in there from ticket sales and so on? (I'm thinking of a track race where people buy tickets to get into the velodrome but I also can't see how it is "free" for someone to stand at the barriers near the finish line of say the Tour de France? How much do you have to pay to get that privilege?
Surely most of it comes from fans' pockets.
Salaries: From company sponsors. Sponsors who make their money from the public and only do it for advertising, which must generate more income otherwise they wouldn't do it. Also from merchandising. Again, public money.
Prize money: I would assume again from the sponsors, which are companies etc, and from merchandising, as above.
Maybe there are some rich benefactors out there, but I doubt it. Of course, LA is one. His "donations" to the UCI must be being distributed somewhere.
Maybe the link between doping and public money should be highlighted more. Then maybe there'll be less of the public ignoring it.