Chick while I dont always agree with what you have to say you seem to be an educated person.For that reason I figured that even though your an IFBB employee you probably read MD and other bodybuilding magazines to get perspective of everyones view of bodybuilding from all angles.In the most recent MD John Romano comments on the recent Lee Priest/PDI fiasco.He wrote:
Why cant Lee compete in the NOC and turn around two weeks later and do the Olympia?Why cant anyone?For instance, and actor who does tv is a member of AFTRA.Lets say one day his agent calls and says he's got a movie part for him.Does the actor not do it because its a SAG job?Of course not!If an actor can act in two different unions and appear on tv and on film, why cant a bodybuilder bodybuild in two different organizations?
I'd like to know your opinion on this article as well as Romanos comments.I agree with im and as I stated in a sepereate but similar post to Lee, I feel the IFFB could benefit from a possible "war" between the two federations simliar to that of the WWF/WCW ratings wars back in the 90's.Obviously aside from Lee there arent many PDI guys that could compare to an IFBB athlete.Do you think the Wieders and the IFBB have had a headlock on the bodybuilding industry for so long that they refuse to give or even awknowledge the possible pros or cons of competition with another federation due to the very small fan base that follows bodybuilding?Even to the poit of banning an athlete as popular and marketable as Lee?Id like to hear ur thoughts.
First, lets get something perfectly clear...I'm not an employee of the IFBB.
John's analogy is a little off point. A better one would be that as a member of SAG (which I am)...I cannot work in film/ commercials for other non affiliated companies without violating the union policies, in which I agree to and pay to be a member of (yearly dues)... very much like the IFBB.
Could the IFBB benefit from a "war" of BB federations...damn right they could. Problem is, there isn't enough "worlds best" out there that another federation could pose any real competition for the IFBB. All the best guys are alreay with the same organization(IFBB)...there simply isn't that kind of depth of talent in the world.
Why WOULD the IFBB allow their athletes to compete elsewhere? Would you, if it were YOUR business? Hell no...
If I were running the IFBB, I would create MY OWN "other federation" and have them compete against each other...much like the WWE does now.
Hope this answers your question