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I don't see the significance of this ambassador Vs professional issue. I've
read the original NSMB article, the longer blog post from Amanda, as well as
some of her other writing on it. Is it because I 'only' ride bikes and my
living doesn't depend on them that I don't get it? Because I don't have much
at stake? I'm not saying I don't feel a degree of compassion for someone who
has talent and worked hard to put themselves in a position where they would
have been a shoe in to be pro 5 years ago, but the goal posts have moved and
now a different kind of person gets that chance. I can see the personal
disappointment in that, but from a larger social perspective I don't think it
rates even a slight blip. Is it something else? Are existing pros not getting
paid enough, and is that because other people are leeching the funds? (That's
a broader problem.) Is the industry in peril because this issue is rendering
their marketing ineffective, perhaps most particularly in the longer term? Why
should I care about that? I'm not being rhetorical here, I'd really like to
understand the perspective.
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