SwimSwam Pulse: 85% Would Support ISL Athletes In Boycott Scenario

SwimSwam Pulse is a recurring feature tracking and analyzing the results of our periodic A3 Performance Polls. You can cast your vote in our newest poll on the SwimSwam homepage, about halfway down the page on the right side, or you can find the poll embedded at the bottom of this post.

Our most recent poll asked SwimSwam readers if they would support ISL athletes if they opted to boycott from competing until they were fully paid for the 2020 season:

RESULTS

Question: Would you support ISL athletes holding out from competing in the playoffs if they haven’t been fully paid for last season?

  • Yes – 85.4%
  • No – 14.6%

Word of a possible athlete boycott from the International Swimming League (ISL) first seriously arose on October 23 when The Sydney Morning Herald reported that clubs and athletes were considering holding out of competing if they weren’t paid in full prior to the playoffs beginning on November 11.

At the time, London Roar general manager Rob Woodhouse was quoted as saying: “It’s not good enough. I’m really hoping all athletes are paid in full from last season before the playoffs commence on November 11.”

The poll asked readers if they would support athletes in holding out from competing if Season 2 payments had not been received. An overwhelming majority, just over 85 percent, said they would.

Since the initial report came out, some of the league’s veteran swimmers have spoken to SwimSwam regarding the situation.

Aqua Centurion captain Fabio Scozzoli and Swimmers’ Alliance member Cody Miller both said that a boycott was never a viable option for the swimmers, noting that it would not be in the best interest of the sport to put the league’s existence in jeopardy.

“As someone that’s a part of this league, we’re all just kind of rolling with the punches and understanding that there are some growing pains and they’re trying to work things out,” Miller said on the SwimSwam Podcast.

“And hopefully, it gets better. From what I have heard, I think everybody — at least the athletes — have been paid out almost fully. So they’re remedying some of those late payments.”

Perhaps a better poll question would’ve been: Is boycotting the right move for swimmers in this situation?

Of course, it’s no surprise that most fans would support athletes in holding out—they deserve to be paid and shouldn’t be expected to continue to compete at the highest level without receiving what they’re owed.

The problem lies in the fact that, as Miller noted Tom Shields said in one of their threads, boycotting/striking is essentially a nuke and would have severe ramifications on the league’s existence.

More than 14 percent of voters said no, they wouldn’t support a boycott. This is likely a group that basically believes it’s just not the right move for the swimmers to make at this juncture.

The ISL playoffs are scheduled to begin on November 11 in Eindhoven, with six matches set to determine the four clubs advancing to the ISL Final. The final, originally expected for January 2022, has been bumped up to December 3-4 in Eindhoven.

Below, vote in our new A3 Performance Pollwhich asks: Assuming the Cali Condors, Energy Standard and London Roar are near locks, which of the remaining ISL clubs has the best chance of joining the aforementioned three in the ISL Final?

Outside of Energy Standard, Cali and London, which club do you think has the best chance of qualifying for the ISL Final?

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Troyy
2 months ago

85% support the killing off of ISL.

Last edited 2 months ago by Troyy
Str
2 months ago

Bye ISL

Cate
2 months ago

So what I hear people saying is that they don’t want to see the ISL succeed and have never had the experience of a business startup.

Mike
Reply to  Cate
2 months ago

Where are you hearing people say that? What I’m hearing is that decent startup businesses pay their staff and suppliers, I don’t think it’s too much to ask, it’s a disgrace not to.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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