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  2. Big news today! Eurosport secures over the exclusive pay-TV, linear, and digital streaming Tokyo 2020 coverage in France after agreeing to a partnership with the CANAL+ Group and France Télévisions. So Eurosport gets to be involved four years early than schedule while expanding the Eurosport Olympic footprint to 50 save for Russia now: https://corporate.discovery.com/discovery-newsroom/eurosport-becomes-official-olympic-games-tokyo-2020-broadcaster-in-france/
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  4. Who’s gonna be brave enough to be first? I’ve locked Frankenstein’s monster in the toilet, you’re perfectly safe. (bring back status updates...)
  5. Queensland Push for 2032 Olympics https://theurbandeveloper.com/articles/queensland-push-for-olympics-2032 The Urban Developer.com, 2 December 2019 A collection of 32 prominent business and sports personalities have urged premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to commit to south-east Queensland's bid for the 2032 Olympics, which is due by the end of the month. The state government previously unveiled soft infrastructure plans and confirmed the bid would go beyond just Brisbane to involve other parts of the state. In an attempt to fast track the process, Brisbane lord mayor Adrian Schrinner has written an open letter to the premier encouraging the bid in order to bring the “world’s most spectacular event” to the region. The open letter is signed by business leaders such as Brisbane Airport Corporation chief executive Gert-Jan de Graff, Aria Property Group founder Tim Forrester, Hutchinson Builders chairman Scott Hutchinson as well as sporting figures Darren Lockyer, Ian Healy and Duncan Armstrong. Schrinner explained that nearly 85 per cent of the proposed venues for Queensland's bid currently exist, pointing at the outlay of 2020's hosts, Tokyo, which is spending upwards of $37 billion on its own Olympic preparations. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and prime minister Scott Morrison are both on the Olympics taskforce that is putting together the potential bid, alongside Brisbane lord mayor Adrian Schrinner and Australian Olympic Committee boss John Coates. “We are not talking flow on benefits for years—it will be decades—you only need to look south to Sydney to see the lasting positive legacies of hosting an Olympics Games,” Brisbane lord mayor Adrian Schrinner said. “We are not talking about millions of dollars in investment—it’s billions.” The government’s own research estimates more than $22 billion in flow-on benefits for Brisbane and the regions from staging the Olympics, while there will also be a direct cash injection of $2.7 billion by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) once selected as the host city. Earlier this year, a new 80,000 seater stadium was proposed in alignment with the potential bid, sounding out Victoria Park golf course as the potential location. Parkland alongside Ballymore along with the Roma Street railyards, could also see $2 billion worth of redevelopment plans fast-tracked in order to create new sporting arenas, while Suncorp Stadium and the Gabba would be used for secondary sporting events. “We believe that our state and region have more than adequately shown an ability to host major events and deliver results that far exceed the expectations of organisers and participants,” Schrinner said. “We get to build and keep lasting infrastructure, gain world-wide attention and reap the economic benefits through tourism and investment for decades to come.” The final assessment on whether the bid would be viable, and whether it would potentially include any events held across the ditch, is set to be made to state cabinet before the end of the year. The decision by the International Olympic Committee would not need to be made public until 2025 with the bidding process normally placed by 2023, with China and Russia looming as the main rivals. The initial bid will be assessed by the IOC executive committee, before finally being signed off by the more than one hundred IOC delegates.
  6. Australia’s Business And Sport Leaders Urge Queensland To Proceed With 2032 Olympic Bid Posted on Dec 2, 2019 9:29 AM by Robert Livingstone in Featured, Future Summer Bids A letter endorsed by 32 business and sport leaders in Australia’s Queensland has urged Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to continue moving forward with a 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid, as a decisive announcement looms this month. The letter, penned by state capital Brisbane’s Mayor Adrian Schrinner, was prompted by rumours that some cabinet politicians are trying to push back against the bid amid pressure from unions that fear the costs and risks of the Games. Some prominent bid boosters signing the letter include Rugby footballer and television commentator Darren Lockyer, Olympic Champion swimmer Duncan Armstrong, venue operator and AEG Ogden CEO Harvey Lister, cricketer Ian Healy and Australian construction mogul Scott Hutchinson. They say stopping short of submitting a bid for the Games will be “the state’s biggest regret.” “We are not talking about millions of dollars in investment – it’s billions,’’ Schrinner said said, according to the Sunday Mail. “We are not talking about flow-on benefits for years – we are talking decades. “You only need to look south to Sydney to see the positive lasting legacy of hosting an Olympics.’’ Organizers are expecting an International Olympic Committee (IOC) cash and in-kind gift of US $1.7 billion (AUD $2.5 billion) should Queensland be chosen to stage the Games, and that will help the event run deficit free and deliver a new 65,000 seat stadium to Brisbane. An initial feasibility study revealed that 85 percent of the needed venues are already in place. The Games are being viewed as a possible catalyst to much needed transport infrastructure upgrades in the region, and according to government reports the vent will result in a AUD $22 billion overall economic stimulus. Earlier this year IOC Vice President John Coates, who also leads the Australian Olympic Committee, told organizers that he would only back a bid from Queensland if needed transport upgrades were already approved by the state. Palaszczuk is expected to approve the bid this month with a formal application expected to be delivered to the IOC in the middle of next year. Under new IOC rules introduced in June, a Future Host Commission will vet the application among those from other countries and determine which cities to recommend to the IOC Executive Boards and the IOC membership for a vote. The exact timing is at the discretion of the IOC. Currently considered the front runner, Australia was the first serious bid to leave the starting block when a delegation traveling to IOC headquarters in Lausanne met with President Thomas Bach earlier this year. Continued speed will give the Queensland bid a significant competitive advantage. A potential joint bid between North and South Korea has made diplomatic overtures during the past year but the project seems to have stalled as tensions on the Korean Peninsula continue to create uncertainty. Indonesia has also hinted at bidding for the Games using the Jakarta-Palembang 2018 Asian Games as a springboard, but a recent decision to move the Capital to Borneo could create friction to move forward. India is considering launching a bid from one of its major cities while Germany is proposing a regional project across several municipalities.
  7. According to Wikipedia, for the 1998 Opening Ceremony in Nagano, they used the English alphabet to determine the order. Not sure what they are planning on doing this time around.
  8. Great change. Three huge television markets all the through the end. Not sure where the USA and France would've been if it had stuck with the Japanese alphabet but this is a change I can get behind. Hopefully it follows through to Beijing as well, with Italy before China at the end.
  9. The 2026 bid is interesting as there is no candidate at present after Adelaide dropped out, the CGF must be getting a bit nervous as is only 6 years away now "Default, The two sweetest words in the English language"
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  11. Peruvians previously got the last Summer Olympics, Rio 2016, on Latina Television Canal 2. But coming next summer, ATV Group Canal 9 will exclusively broadcast the Tokyo 2020 edition, returning there since Beijing 2008 that ended a three Summer Olympics streak for up to 900 hours live on the biggest Summer Olympics and Paralympics coverage on Peruvian TV via America Movil's sublicensing. There are six national television channels among the ATV Group, and we can expect all of them--ATV Canal 9, Red TV, America Next (soon the rebranded as Global Television next year), La Tele, ATV Sur, and ATV Nocitas--and online at ATV Play to display the coverage. How it will send which sport where remains to be seen, although it's safe to assume that both ceremonies, the top and popular events (like track and field, swimming, the soccer finals, both volleyball versions, and gymnastics), and all of Peru's athletes will appear on ATV Canal 9. Renato Luna and Paco Bazan are set to be involved as broadcasters. Announced in a late November presentation in Lima featuring four of Peru's best Tokyo Summer Olympics hopefuls and gold medalists from Lima 2019 Pan American Games and mascot Miraitowa. Also will take on the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics: https://www.atv.pe/deportes/grupo-atv-transmitira-exclusiva-juegos-olimpicos-tokio-2020-398491 Adding to this is that Carlos Slim's America Movil desires once again to create TV broadcasting alliances among the non-Brazil Latin American nations that goes along with the rights like with what happened in the previous Olympic cycle. His company broke the decades-long Mexican Olympic TV stranglehold. Since we're talking about Olympic media alliances here, it's announced at the Brandcast Mexico 2019 that You Tube and Marca Claro teaming up so that Tokyo 2020 will get broadcast online on its You Tube's platform channel through Latin America from Mexico, where YouTube is heavily used, to Argentina (excluding Brazil) with hopes to have a large and tremendous reach throughout the region with Google seeking brands for sponsorship: https://www.merca20.com/las-audiencias-cambian-youtube-transmitira-los-juegos-olimpicos-de-tokyo-2020/ Mexican media giant Televisa, brought up by its VP of sports Juan Carlos Rodríguez, makes the surprise announcement at Grupo Televisa UpFront 2019-20 in Mexico City this October that it is definitely back covering the Olympics starting with Tokyo 2020. Little is known regarding its broadcasting plans right now. But we can see some sharing with them on Mexican TV and perhaps teaming up with Univision Deportes and Claro Sports. Could TV Azteca be not far behind with the likes of FOX Sports, ESPN, and SKY Mexico? Long standing Mexican sportscaster Enrique Burak prepares to cover Tokyo as well: https://www.frentecreativo.com/noticias/televisa-se-prepara-para-2020-con-su-revitalizada-oferta-de-contenidos/ https://www.elsoldemexico.com.mx/gossip/enrique-burak-recibe-el-premio-antena-2019-por-sus-37-anos-de-trayectoria-4444246.html Some Swedes are concerned over whether Discovery Sweden can handle such massive sports TV properties rights at the same summer next year with Tokyo 2020 and the Allsvenskan and Supretta soccer. Assumption is they will send almost all of their on-camera personnel over in Tokyo, including for its soccer competition like Karin Frick and Tommy Astrom, and leaving the Allsvenskan team more bare bones. Rest assured, Hanif Hossiemi says, the Discovery Sweden team (Kanal 5, Kanal 9, Eurosport Sverige channels, D/EurosportPlay) assures it will provide the best Swedish TV/online Olympic coverage ever to its Swedish audience as it adds more personnel in both camps to provide quality coverage. Is up for the massive challenge: https://www.aftonbladet.se/sportbladet/fotboll/a/aweLyd/discovery-tar-over-allsvenskan-i-tv--har-ar-deras-loften
  12. Interesting revelation about the Opening Ceremony for Tokyo.. Olympic Opening Ceremony Parade of Nations order changed slightly The refugee team will enter 2nd, right after Greece (as opposed to Rio where they were 2nd to last, before Brazil). And future hosts will be moved to the end of the order. That's a huge win for NBC. Remember they had lobbied to get the order changed in 2016 so that the United States would march later and theoretically would keep people tuned in longer
  13. Someone recently uploaded the complete CBS Sports coverage of the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta, hosted by Al Trautwig. The four telecasts are combined in one long video and are out of order, so I've listed the start time for each telecast below so you watch them in order. Be aware the video quality varies. Enjoy! 0:00:00 Telecast 4 Sunday August 25 -- 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM ET CBS Highlights 0:57:52 Telecast 1 Saturday August 17 -- 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET CBS Opening Ceremony 1:54:58 Telecast 2 Sunday August 18 -- 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET CBS Swimming Track & Field 2:52:56 Telecast 3 Saturday August 24 -- 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET CBS Highlights 3:49:08 Telecast 4 again (poorer quality) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3iIwfatqVw
  14. Yes. I will be staying with some family friends in Yokohama while I'm in Japan, and they are huge gymnastics fans, and they are struggling to get some tickets. I invited them into the Facebook group so hopefully they can find some there and something works out.
  15. A letter endorsed by 32 business and sport leaders in Australia’s Queensland has urged Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to continue moving forward with a 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid, as a decisive announcement looms this month. The letter, penned by state capital Brisbane’s Mayor Adrian Schrinner, was prompted by rumours that some cabinet politicians are […] The post Australia’s Business And Sport Leaders Urge Queensland To Proceed With 2032 Olympic Bid appeared first on GamesBids.com. View the full article
  16. NOTE: Parts of the stream were cut out. https://youtu.be/nCREfmf0kik
  17. Jacko just invited me to spend the night with him at Frankenstein’s Castle and show me his Elephant Man! Now that’s creepy! Good job signing him for the opening, though. I probably would have booked the Groovy Ghoulies
  18. BOO! Getting close to midnight... With thanks (& apologies) to the holographic form of the late, great King of Pop/inventor of Halloween, Michael Jackson, it's time to say...WELCOME TO THE 13TH (wooooo) ANNUAL GAMESBIDS OLYMPIC LOGO COMPETITION! Before beginning, it is customary to acknowledge my fellow Nintendo legend @thatsnotmypuppy, the inventor, & my fellow womb...wait, no @Sir Rols who kept it going, & is again the general fixer-of-issues this time. Last year saw a decent turnout for a competition that took us around the world from Mexico to Mumbai, & once again in 2019, it is my/our pleasure to give the board permission to play Christmas songs all day. This competition is a little unusual, not because of the format (it's the same as last year) but because we have a theme that links the 4 cities. Since the days of Christ, 13 has been considered by many an unlucky/spooky number, so for this 13th competition, all 4 cities have that spooky touch. No need to make your logos spooky though! Let's get haunted... WINTER 2030 CITY ONE: DARMSTADT, GERMANY Located in the vicinity of Frankfurt, Darmstadt may not rank among the most famed German cities, but it's a very fitting place for a spooky excursion. High in the hills overlooking the city, you'll find Frankenstein Castle, said to have inspired the novel &, of course, the monster... A Winter Olympics here would be more surprising than seeing a bolt-necked monster roaming the streets, but how would you brand one? WINTER 2030 CITY TWO: BUCHAREST, ROMANIA Romania might strike as more of a summer sport nation, but they have begun to host & bid for winter events too. Plus anything goes in the logo comp - & you really can't do spooky without Romania. Its uniquely unfortunate history gives it TWO of the most terrifying people to rule in Europe, Vlad the Impaler & Nicolae Ceaucescu. And that's before you start on the whole vampire thing. How would you brand a rather different Winter Games? SUMMER 2032 CITY ONE: NEW ORLEANS, USA How could we not? New Orleans might not be one of the cities often talked about when Uncle Sam wants the Olympic rings again, but as the city of voodoo & jazz funerals, it's a true no-brainer for this one. Throw in all its other cultural specialities & it's frankly amazing it's never been here before. No shortage of possibilities, so how would you brand the Games in the Big Easy? SUMMER 2032 CITY 2: CAIRO, EGYPT (Yes, I know they're not technically in Cairo). We've only had one African city in 12 comps, so it's well past time for another visit. And as AFAIK, we've never had an Arab world city either, where better than the largest city of the continent? There's no shortage of design inspiration here, & from the film The Mummy to the curse of Tutankhamun, there's no shortage of spooks either. How would you brand the Games in the Middle East AND Africa? THE RULES/FORMAT We are, as ever, after logos that encompass the overall feel of the city and local influences that can be tied into a design concept. How can any of these cities articulate graphically what they could bring to future Olympics hosting? What flavour will they bring to the games? Will it inspire any of these to actually bid for the damn thing? The logos should be presented as full colour designs on white background. If you like, however, they can also be presented in black and white or utilised in forms like street banners, t-shirts, apps, vehicles, pins etc. For voting purposes, the main (colour) logo will be used on the polls, & extra stuff is not obligatory, but any extra material you produce may help you “sell” your design better to the wider GamesBids voting membership. Spookiness is not obligatory (the cities are the theme, it's a normal comp) but if you wanna go big on the whole 13 thing, nobody will stop you.  These logos are for the cities as they HOST the games. So you CAN use the rings, and don't need to include the words “Candidate City, Olympic Games 2030/32” or whatever the IOC want this week. Please post your preliminary submissions on this thread. If you want to hold anything back to be presented as a “surprise” when voting starts you can contact me or Rols via PM and I'll tell you where you can send the extra material. However, it would be nice to see as many on-thread submissions as possible for people to chew over in-thread, & to try & get the old buzz back. You can submit logos for any of the cities, & anything up to all 4 of them. However, you cannot enter more than one logo for the same city (see below). So entering one logo for each of Darmstadt, New Orleans & Cairo is fine, but two logos for New Orleans, say, is not fine. You are able, encouraged even, to enter for multiple cities. Feel free to post as many logo designs as you like, & to ask for feedback from our famously discerning electorate. If you really can't decide between your own designs for a city, feel free to start a poll (or to ask for one to be started). When the time comes for voting, however, you will be asked to settle on a maximum of ONLY ONE official logo per city as your official entry. The format depends on the numbers. Most likely, it will be the traditional exhausting exhaustive ballot preferred by the IOC, but if numbers fit & opinion ok, we may have the World Cup-style tournament system. Whatever happens, the winter & summer 'halves' will be entirely separate, there will be two winners in the Olympic comp tradition. The competition is open to all members of GamesBids, or to any new legitimate members who join before the end of the submission period. I, with consultation, will rule on the legitimacy of new members. As you would expect, I will rule on any disputes - always aiming to be as fair as possible in the process. As always, just remember, this is all meant to be fun. Olympic spirit, remember?. Hopefully this will spark up some action on the board. I'll be dipping in, keeping a close eye on things, but otherwise will try and keep my green yoshi-paws off until the polling stages. The deadline for submissions is 1pm London time (that is, midnight in Sydney, as per tradition) on NEW YEAR'S EVE, 31 DECEMBER 2019. Thus, GB will begin the new decade & Olympic year 2020 with the voting. And this is just to alert @Rob. to the existence of the new comp in the hope that he'll do his traditional bit of putting up links to various free design programs etc for the benefit of those who want to take part but may not have the facility at the moment. All that is left to say is thank you Rols once again, and to all participants for having the guts to put your logos up for the annual GamesBids dissection, & may the best logos win. There are too many languages involved to do this properly, so I'll just say GOOD LUCK! 
  19. ^^ Vietnam has changed a lot on the last two decades. I'm sure they will be able to do something nice in two years. As for the handover itself, not so sure since they still have not unveiled their logo. Cambodia in 2023 is the one which also intrigues me as how they will do it since they never hosted anything big in the past and like Vietnam have changed a lot.
  20. I wonder what Viets would bring during the closing ceremony?
  21. Opening ceremony of the 2019 SEA Games. For a Fivecurrents production, it was honestly somewhat of a letdown, not sure if it has to do with either the budget or the limitations of doing this in an indoor arena (which is not the same as a football one, since Philippine Arena is mostly for basketball, concenrts and INC masses). Lightning of the cauldron, being prerecorded, was probably the most controversial part of it. Still, it had a couple of nice moments, and Apple de App from Black Eyed Peas performed.
  22. Emperor's cup final in early January will be the first ever event played here in the finally finished olympic stadium.
  23. Very small, concert-type opening ceremony, but overall actually decent. The letdown was the fact the lightning of the cauldron happened in a different place (New Clark City) and it seems to have been prerecorded days before the opening ceremony.
  24. NOVEMBER 30, 2019 https://www.reuters.com/article/us-olympics-2020/tokyo-2020-national-stadium-officially-finished-idUSKBN1Y403Z
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