(Okay I know i said I wasn't to going to write anymore on this topic but I feel i have to respond to this. Forgive me, I will keep a lid on it I promise )
Originally Posted by Willowway
Thanks for checking the facts but a few issues got really muddled. I never have implied it has anything to do with solicitation from any coach direct - which would be just plain wrong, and I certainly have NEVER accused Orser of going after another student. Nonono....
The standard of practice you have outlined does not apply here. For starters, I highly doubt Hanyu woke up one morning last month and thought
'Wow now I am a world championship bronze medallist, I am going to call up Brian Orser in Canada in my best English to see if he is free and he can teach me!' Then Brian goes 'YES!!... luckily I 'happen' to be free, come over but you have to fire your current coach first!' Then Hanyu goes 'OKAY No Problem! I will tell my agent so they can do a press release!'
I am happy you are able to confirm the general practice which shows coaches are not normally represent by an agency, and that it should be a direct relationship, just like what Orser / Kim's relationship had been before the Olympics. But the whole point of the speculations was based on the fact a rival's agency did sign up Orser as a coach, that it is NOT standard practice, and what followed are extraordinary series of circumstances, which now result a formal rival's OGM coach coaching their home OGM contender. Timing, events, conditions need to be in place for this to happen. There's nothing standard about this relationship.
It is easy to examine these issues using critical thinking to determine if these claims are true or false.
1. What possible benefits has IMG to gain by sign as Orser as a coach?
2. What possible benefits has IMG's clients to gain with Orser sharing the same agency?
3. Who stand to lose from this signing and why?
4. What possible benefits has Orser to sign an agency to represent his services?
The answers are fairly straightforward. I hardly have to spell it out.
Does IMG financially gain from sign Orser as a coach, Yes or No?
If No. No money has been gained by IMG's signing of Orser's coach services - which they have exclusive rights to, then I am talking complete nonsense here.
If Yes. Then they totally failed him as an agency, since it is THEIR JOB to manage their client expectations and manage their business relations to ensure everyone is happy and knows exactly what is going on. An Agency's job is not to part ways with his biggest and highest paying clients and then decide to run a big press campaign about it, instead of hushing discreetly like how it would NORMALLY work in the interest of their clients using basic common sense, like Hanyu with Abe. Again, it all comes down to money. Who stand to benefit from this big split financially despite the fact it is 'financially bad for their client', or perhaps it was strategic because there are something planned ahead already and they know money is not a problem?
In summary, what you found out as a standard practice does not apply here. The economy of scale for general amateur level skating /coaching does not warrant the role of agencies since there are too little money involved. At world class level however - where there are big money involved with national interests/rivalry conflicts that can be exploited, there exist the role of agencies who can manage complex issues, needs, wants, set none standard terms and conditions to be able to broke these deals discreetly. So that in the case when a deal fall through (and they often do), nobody can get hurt... well in theory anyway.