Enhanced Games

Pay the Athletes

At the Enhanced Games, all athletes will be fairly paid.

Enhanced Athletes Will Be Fairly Paid

All athletes competing in the Enhanced Games will be paid. Eligible athletes will receive a base salary and compete for prize winnings, which will be larger than any other comparable event in history. The exact prize pool and compensation structure will be announced in mid 2024.

Olympians Live in Poverty

Despite training for years, and dedicating their lives and their bodies to the Olympic mission, most Olympians are not given a salary.

Instead, they are driven into debt.

The IOC doesn’t provide monetary rewards to Olympic medalists; the prize money comes – if at all – from the Olympian’s country. American Olympians aren’t even provided with a salary. The rank unfairness of the Olympic model is demonstrated by the sports world’s remuneration models. Take Wimbledon: the tennis players who lose in the first round take home double the amount of prize money that gold-medal-winning US Olympians receive.

The Olympics just don’t pay their elite athletes enough for what they do.

Prize
Wimbledon
US Olympians
UK Olympians
Winner
(Gold)
$2,477,600
$37,500
No Prize Money
Runners-Up (Silver)
$1,300,740
$22,500
Semi-Finalists (Bronze)
$662,758
$15,000

A Better Deal for Athletes

Enhanced will deliver a high-impact yet cost-efficient games, so we can share the profits with the athletes, based upon a model devised by the Enhanced Athletes Commission.

The Olympic Games generate substantial revenues almost unparalleled across the sporting world – to the tune of $7.6 billion in quadrennial revenue. Yet, these streams of gold don’t trickle down to the athletes whose shoulders the Olympics rest upon; a 2012 study by former Olympic athletes found that just 6 percent of the US Olympic Committee’s $795 million expense budget actually goes to athletes as cash payments.

A Smarter Alternative for Host Cities

The costs of hosting the Olympic Games have skyrocketed over the past 20 years; a growing number of economists argue that the benefits of hosting the games are at best exaggerated and at worst nonexistent, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. Further, the average cost of hosting each Summer Games is, on average, 252 percent over budget, according to a 2016 study from the University of Oxford.

The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) dines with billionaires and dictators, jets around the world, and lives in a luxurious six-star hotelwhile American Olympians are not even given a salary.

The IOC generates $7.6 billion in quadrennial revenue, which is the same amount as the GDP of Tonga, Seychelles, Bhutan, and the Maldives – combined.

This is while Olympians – humanity’s best athletes – eke out a meager existence, are forced to live in cars, take up side jobs, and choose between eating and racking up credit card debt.

Despite the enormous rivers of gold that flow through the IOC’s coffers, 58% of Olympians report that they did not consider themselves financially stable – with the vast majority living at or below the poverty line.

IOC President Thomas Bach arrives in Saudi Arabia in his private jet.

The Cost of Hosting the Olympic Games

Cost (USD, Billions)

*Just on Infrastructure

These crushing costs are fronted by you, the taxpayer.

The Enhanced Games will be delivered without cost to the taxpayer, and will instead cost millions – not billions – to deliver. 

The Enhanced Games will be a triumph of science, athletic achievement, and capitalism, bringing sport back to its true roots.

See our Event Plan to learn more.

Our Method

1. Focus on Core Sports

Ultimately, the core values of the Enhanced Movement are operational efficiency and a drive for individual human excellence. Accordingly, a four-stage selection process was employed to determine the sports that best aligned with these values.

01. Sourcing

Sourced list of active and retired events at the Summer Olympics.

Added non-Olympic options in popular demand, such as MMA.


02. Elimination

Eliminated team sports to focus on individual performance.

Eliminated ball sports to focus on speed, strength, and endurance. 

04. Selection


Emphasized operational efficiency and public interest.

Discussed outcome with Enhanced’s leadership team. Executive decision was taken.


03. Filtering

Tabulated data points with sports as the dominant variable.


Defined 25 non-dominant variables, and corresponding values.

03. Filtering

Tabulated data points with sports as the dominant variable.


Defined 25 non-dominant variables, and corresponding values.

04. Selection


Emphasized operational efficiency and public interest.

Discussed outcome with Enhanced’s leadership team. Executive decision was taken.


We have selected five core categories of sports – athletics, aquatics, gymnastics, strength, and combat. Whilst medals will be awarded to the first, second, and third best Enhanced athletes at each event, the ultimate award will go to the athletes who set new world records, thus pushing the perceived limit of what we believe is possible.

Athletics

Aquatics

Gymnastics

Combat

Strength

2. Reuse Infrastructure

The Enhanced Games will avoid this destructive and wasteful cycle by revisiting the same host cities over and over, and reusing existing infrastructure, such as university sports stadiums – all at zero cost to the taxpayer. Our Games are designed to be hosted at a Division One university, to avoid building new infrastructure.

3. End Subsidies From Taxpayers and Bribes From Dictators

Every four years, the Olympics forces the host country's government to waste billions of taxpayer dollars building new sports stadiums, which will be used for a few weeks before being thrown away. Indeed, since the year 2000, the cost of hosting the Olympic Games has spiraled from $8.1 billion, to $59.7 billion – creating a burden for this – and future – generations of taxpayers.

Unlike the Olympics, the Enhanced Games will not need billion-dollar subsidies. The Enhanced Games are capital efficient; we will use venture, debt, and revenue, not taxpayer subsidies, to run our high-impact and low-cost annual Games.

Because the Enhanced Games are for-profit, we are responsible to our shareholders – and are incentivized to run efficiently, and treat our athletes – the backbone of the Enhanced Movement – properly. The Olympics, however, is a not-for-profit run by Swiss aristocrats. Bribery, corruption, and exploitation are ingrained in Olympic culture – with each Olympic Games revealing another instance of backroom bids and palm greasing. The Olympics props up dictators like Xi Jinping and Putin, legitimizing their authority in the wake of human rights abuses, such as the genocide of the Uyghur population, and the invasion of Ukraine.

The Olympics is set on becoming chummy with dictators and seeks to drive Western democracies into debt. It is high time for this behavior to be called out – and canceled.

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