A British sprinter has put himself on sale on eBay to try to get the sponsorship he needs to run in the London 2012 Olympics. James Ellington, who is the UK’s third fastest 200m runner, missed out on getting a sponsorship deal after four years of injuries, but is now coming from “his best ever season”, according to the eBay ad …
The percentage commission on that kind of sale :S
Nothing in the sellers' rules forbid selling people!
He is not really selling himself. More selling his ability to compete.
Just out of interest....
.....which eBay category is that auction in?
He's a runner, but four years of injuries would suggest he's unreliable, so I'm guessing "Motors"?
Ebay motors sounds about right...
...he's described as being a "good runner" but sounds like he "needs attention"...
Fair play to him, he (or whoever it was) came up with a good publicity grabbing idea. Hope he does well. The auction is a little sparse on the details of what this kind of deal entitles you to though, will appear in your adverts etc?
Surely one of our highly-bonused financial geniuses or CEOs could spare that from their pocket changes?
Top marks to James for trying to get the funds together like this.
There was me hoping it was Amy Williams
"physicist puts self on ebay"
Only got 2928 hits at the time of looking.
Sponsor him, and you can get your name associated with yet another British clunking failure in the heats!
Win or lose, he's got more drive an courage than you have.
However, with a fastest 200m time by a British athlete of 20.52s and Usain Bolt running in times like 19.19s for the World Record I reckon the OP is on the money with it being doomed to failure.
Would be nice to see
a major bank with just the words - we're sorry and we're running round like this guy to fix everything.
More "I sponsored this guy and 66 of his friends with by annual bonus - thanks tax payers!"
The Olympic Spirit
What with the games very nearly coming within under the revised budget of £ 952 million, although some neerdowells over at the NAO think it's going to need more contingency funding, it's a pity there wasn't a enough for the athletes. But hang on - what's this about athletes being paid? What we need are more athletes with this kind of entrepreneurial spirit! Maybe the Big Issue could do a special Olympic edition for struggling athletes to sell before and after events?
Any bids from Astra Zeneca or Steroids-R-Us yet?
Condition: New other (see details): A new, unused item with absolutely no signs of wear. The item may be missing its original packaging..
I would suggest he is very much in the used state considering his injury problems of the last four years.
IS HE OFFERING........
"A new, unused item with absolutely no signs of wear. The item may be missing its original packaging, or the original packaging has been opened or is no longer sealed. The item may be a factory second, or a new and unused item with minor defects."
Hmmm - false advertising?
Official Olympic Sponsors Only!
That sponsorships going to be fine until he tries to actually get into the Olypic Village and the Trademark Police order him to take off his clothes and or he's not getting in.
Commitment to the cause
" half of which would be his wage"
Food, nutrition and training expenses....plus paying. Clearly the Olympic dream is his number one priority.
I think he probably needs to pay his rent and gas bill too, you know, while he's training constantly for that big event thingy.
Seems a fairly modest sum, and a lot less than he might have got had he been picked up "through the usual channels."
Objectification of men
This is absolutely appalling. How can he demean himself like this. Selling his body for the delectation of sports fans. It is setting back the emancipation of men by decades. We should be valued for our mental attributes, not the quality of our body. It is sending entirely the wrong message to the young people of this country.
The following is a generalisation from the the Wikpedia article on the objectification of women. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_objectification
Objectification refers to the practice of regarding or treating another person merely as an instrument (object) towards one's pleasure, and a object is a person who is regarded simply as an object of gratification or who is attractive. Objectification is an attitude that regards a person as a commodity or as an object for use, with little or no regard for a person's personality or sentience. Objectification is most commonly examined at a societal level, but can also arise at an individual level.
The concept of objectification is an important idea in feminist/masculanist theory and psychological theories derived from feminism/masculanism. Many regard objectification as objectionable and as playing an important role in gender inequality. Some social commentators, however, argue that some modern men and women objectify themselves as an expression of their empowerment over the other gender, whilst others argue that increased sexual freedom for women, gay, and bisexual men has led to an increase of the objectification of men. The idea of objectification has also been an important area of discussion and debate in the area of ethics.