I like that term, "Blatter Batter". I think dustyfog just coined a new phrase that might just become a new descriptor for international sports corruption.
Remember, no matter how much people say, "That's just the way it is, and ever will be.", many of us will never accept that, knowing that if we do, it will be perceived by the greedy pigs at the top as an endorsement of their greed. Not only do the athletes and the fans suffer and lose interest in the sport, but this type of greed leads to laziness and boldness on the part of the promoters. Athletes start to see promoters getting paid for products, services, and support that isn't even delivered. The problem always gets worse and worse, until a huge scandal breaks. This never doesn't happen. They never let go of the money they've stolen, until it is taken from them by force. Never.
Now the question is: Knowing that it's a part of human nature to try and get a free lunch, and to never ever let go of it, no matter what, what's the greater public's most effective way to keep this problem from ruining the sport? Threat of jail just isn't enough.
Keep in mind that all sports are 1st and foremost about the athletes. Without them, there would be nothing. All other facets of a sport are secondary. I've run across several arrogant attitudes by promoters and officials clearly showing that their protecting their paychecks at all costs, and the athletes fair treatment and the integrity of the sport mean absolutely nothing to them. Some would, and have tried to, take the money and run, leaving the event and venue a shambles. I've seen promoters cancel races at the last minute, and try to keep race fees. I've seen promoters lie to the athletes about not being able to justify giving out prize money because of not filling a start list, implying that the prize money comes from race fees when a major sponsor has already put 100% of the prize money up. I've seen athlete housing fall down, or never function properly from day 1, putting unfair stress on certain teams. This list of "graft" violations goes on forever.
My opinion of most respondents to the question: Is it business as usual? , is, that it IS business as usual, and most respondents who have claimed that it isn't, have supported their arguments with fallacy. I would guess that most of those respondents are in the industry, and make money off of some of these "tainted" events. I could compare the phenomenon the the dispute between Uber and the Cab industry. Uber riders claim the cab industry is ripping them off with exhorbant fares and poor service, while the cab industry claims Uber is destroying their livelihood. The cabbies are so loyal to their "millionaire" bosses, that they sometimes violently defend the industry's position, not caring if the public gets a fair shake at all.
This arrogant attitude about getting paid well, whether you deliver what was promised or not, just gets more and more entrenched as you go up the "food chain".
Perhaps, since the tendency seems part of human nature, and an "inevitable" cycle, someone else should start a new thread inviting new ideas on how to keep the "Blatter Batter" to a bare minimum. It would be a fun thread. I can already think of several "fun" things to subject "caught" officials to, as part of their punishment for trying to siphon off excess profits to their own interests from big sport contracts.
We could make Blatter camp out in the sun in the World Cup Stadium in Quatar for a month, with no AC of course. We could make Putin stay in one of his abandoned hotels in Socchi for a month in winter. We could also make the IOC camp out in the parking lot at Squaw Valley where the Olympic Ice Arena used to be, before it collapsed, in winter, with no heat of course. We could order the entire New England Patriots team and staff drive their cars around for a year with deflated tires.
OK. I'll admit it. That last one was silly. Just having a bit of fun. That's what makes ski forums better than forums for the general public. Ski forums are fun.