Revolt of the Athletes

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Photo of Nick Symmonds courtesy Phil Roeder/Wikimedia

For years, U. S. Track and Field has imposed strict rules on how athletes can represent corporate sponsors on their jerseys. Permitted logo size is small—a maximum total area of 40 square centimeters—and athletes can't have more than one logo.

As the economy has tanked and sponsorships have dried up, athletes have gotten increasingly pissed about the rules. That anger came to a head on Friday at an USATF Athlete Advisory Committee meeting in St. Louis.

Here's the (brief) series of events that lead to Friday's confrontation, and possibly to a sea change in the financing of track and field.

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