I ran into this interesting article overnight: http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/sp20090913it.html ...in which the Reeds' mom reveals that the JSF takes a whoppin' 20% cut of their skaters' appearance fees in shows. Quote from article: Even more disturbing are some of the details Noriko Reed revealed about the way the JSF operates, lifting the curtain on skating's dark side. "They take 20 percent of the appearance fee when skaters take part in a show even if they had nothing to do with arranging it," she claims. Do the USFSA, Skate Canada, the Russians and other federations do this too? In turn, does the ISU collect fees from federations for similar endeavors (for 'sanctioned' shows and other money-making endeavors)? Thanks, in advance...and if there's a past thread on this subject, please direct us to it.