True. I’m not naive about it in general. But IMG in particular is branding itself as a European-style sports academy and agency for the most elite athletes. They need to be very careful about this or their brand will go down the tubes.
Yeah, I am looking at this as a product of a working class/lower middle class upbringing (dad is a roofer, mother is a teacher in underpaid public school district). If I were those kids, I’d be fine with coasting for the rest of my life. My life’s goal is to not work as hard as my parents for as little as my parents lol.
Status is substance, no? When it comes to accession to monied circles, or maintenance of class and wealth? I don’t think people game the system for such striking sums just for bragging rights.
In a way, though–as many people pointed out yesterday–this is just the lower end of a spectrum that includes things like parents giving big sums for buildings and naming rights and having their kids’s files labeled “VIP applicant” or “watch list,” a code for go, as was apparently the case with Jared Kushner. (His dad gave Harvard 2.5 million; according to people at his high school he never would have gotten in. Like Trump himself the guy was probably once a Democrat, so hardly a matter of partisan sour grapes to report this. My dad got both of my brothers into Michigan with a simple request back in the day.)