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    Anyway, if the Swedish government just doesn’t want it, there’s nothing the IOC can do, no matter the “verbiage” they’re using about them. Just ask Calgary 2026 that. Milan is their best bet ATM, especially now that the Italian Government just came out & committed themselves to the bid on a ‘just in case’ basis. As for SLC, I actually would like to see the whole process fall apart just so the IOC has no other choice but to give 2026 to them, & then watch you, your emmy fool & dumb offspring, dart boy, all explode from the shock!
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    Bach “won’t be too concerned, though. They still have two other excellent candidates” (left)! In the meantime, the rest of the members are like:
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    Japan 2019 - Tokyo 2020. France 2023 - Paris 2024. If I was the USA Rugby Federation I'd be bidding for 2027 as it is obvious that World Rugby is in cahoots with the IOC and this tournament is now being utilised as a test event
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    looks a little dangerous strolling around on that icy roof.
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    .....well Denver is much bigger and richer than SLC...it would be way more fun to throw a big fat curve ball and put Denver forward and watch what happens. Oh and they definitely should build a sliding track and ski-jump. why rinse and repeat the past glory of SLC just for the sake of the IOCs failed agenda....mile high makes rice-eccles looks so cute. ....let's have a monster winter games in DENVER!
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    It will be 55 years since their last Expo in 1970. Have only been to the World's Fair in Seville in 1992. That was a great one! Maybe, if I can, I'll visit the Osaka 2025 one.
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    I agree with most of the above. It seems an Expo leaves a more readily usable legacy. In Brisbane we have a lovely stretch of parkland and a man-made beach right up against the river in the inner city thanks to the 1988 Expo. Lisbon has good legacy from theirs. Shanghai... is a work in progress...
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    Then enjoy the event folding into oblivion. We (the south hem) don't care that much - was just trying to help.
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    It's not about quieting Salt Lake. The USOC doesn't want to bid for 2026 because of LA and the World Cup, but if Milan-Cortina and and Stockholm both drop out of the bidding for 2026, where else does the IOC turn? So the USOC may leverage that for everything it's worth and tell the IOC to put a gigantic pile of cash on the table. Yea, it could be well over a billion dollars. Because there may not be a good alternative.
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    ...as long as these people don't show up we are good.
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    The National Anthem should be sung by a kneeling choir.
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    Nah, that can't be it. If the Olympics are in Denver, I have to assume either the torch or the cauldron looks something like this..
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    you know who you wouldnt have to worry about a referendum with? Almaty ***ducks again***
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    I think I get it now. RuFF knows he can't form an original opinion about the Olympics other than to recap what's coming from his hero, so he's trying to distract us by reminding everyone what a homophobic asshole he is! It all makes sense! A few things to note here.. THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE 36TH ANNUAL SPORTS EMMY® AWARDS Your boy didn't win that Emmy on his own. He's one of dozens of people that won one for being a part of NBC's coverage. So it's not like he made some major personal contribution on his own to get that one. As for Stockholm.. yea, really going out a limb to say that's what the IOC wants. Only someone as brilliant as Alan Abrahamson could have possibly come up with that, especially with only 3 candidates in the running and the other 2 both in countries that have hosted a Winter Olympics in the past 12 years. Don't think he deserves credit for being the first to call it for Stockholm (and how about we wait to see if they actually win first since a lot has to happen in order for that to actually come true). If he still wants to take credit for being the first to propose the 2024/28 double - even though he continues to be butthurt that they didn't do it in the order he suggested - that's great. There's nothing to take credit for here.
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    WRONG. The only reasons the IOC "extends the deadline" are so that it will have at least TWO bids for the Session in June. If Stockholm drops out now, then, OBVIOUSLY, it's Milan-Cortina's to gloat over. Then: (1) what's the point of spending for the Session in June? and (2) Milan-Cortina will be able to EXTRACT as much as it can from the IOC being the last one left standing, yet can SCUPPER the whole show for 2026 if they don't get what they want. Those are the ONLY reasons the IOC wants to keep BOTH bids alive, at least until June. It looks like Italy's played this well. That's what happens when u have 3 IOC members plus 4 or 5 heads of the IFs.
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    Okay, one interesting point to me to come out of Rob’s article is how often it’s the cities themselves that are contributing to the over-lavish cost of their games in a quest for civic glory rather than financial and social prudence. Not that that’s any great revelation - we’ve seen cities from Athens to Beijing to Sochi to Rio insist it’s more important four them to splash their cash to make a grand impression rather than adopt modesty as a virtue. But Rob’s illustrations of the bull-headed pride, against IOC suggestion, that prompted PyeongChang to insist on their own sliding track rather than use Nagano’s, and Milano-Cortina’s insistence of refurbishing the Cortina track rather than use one in St Moritz or Innsbruck, did strike a notion to me. Basically, the IOC needs to be a bit more prescriptive on that particular point. It seems clear they’re quite willing to be a bit more flexible on the issue of bobsleigh tracks (as they should be). Now they should insist on it. Rather than just “suggest” cheaper alternatives that cities can just throw back in their face in the name of “pride”, the IOC should, just before the start of each four year bid cycle, regularly accredit a list of existing bob facilities across the regions - there’s a decent roaster of them across Europe, North America and Asia - and then specify that any bidders MUST make use of one of those in their plans. Whammo, one major cost item that often gets bad publicity solved. Sure, it’s just one item, and there’s lots of other issues the IOC needs to look at as well, but it’s one concrete step and gesture that could show they’re sincere in willingness to make changes and concessions. And an approach that could possibly be adopted to other areas - velodromes, ski jumping sites, white water venues. I’m sure others can come up with other suggestions. And it’s also about time some of the Sports Federations had a bit of a check in their insistence on lavish new venues in each new host - as far as often forcing cities to go back on their original more modest plans.
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    They're not, though. Their infrastructure needs were also going to be a major issue and there was little they could do to overcome that short of either spending a lot of money or partnering with entities outside of California and Nevada. Karenina makes a good point that when you pile the sponsorship issues on top of that, it makes it nearly impossible for Reno-Tahoe to be able to make it work. They've been after an Olympics since well before LA started this current bid and then landed 2028. Salt Lake would have to deal with that as well, but they're in a better position to be able to make it work because their infrastructure needs are very minimal compared to that of Reno-Tahoe. And what happens if both Italy and Sweden drop out of the running for 2026? Then what? If LA2028 is such an obstacle to a potential 2030 Olympics (and whatever becomes of 2026), why is the USOC entertaining the notion of a bid? And why would Salt Lake and Denver be pressing on? Or.. perhaps the USOC thinks they can make this work. Perhaps they are setting themselves up to where this is a possibility, even insomuch as LA2028 was affected. I know you continue to think that it's not worth pursuing. Clearly the USOC and 2 potential Winter host cities think otherwise. You keep talking about the IOC and others being humbled and balking at the costs and the effect on LA2028. Again, maybe realize that 2028 is not the only Olympics that's going to occur in the next decade and realize where there's a headline that says "the IOC must change everything," that drastic solutions may be called for.
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    I read this article earlier and the implication I came away with was that Reno-Tahoe couldn't see a way to make their financials work - there are infrastructure needs that exist for Reno-Tahoe which simply do not exist for SLC, regardless of which Games they wind up hosting. With most of the necessary infrastructure and major sites already in place, SLC is in a far better position to earn money if they do host in 2030, even if LA does have exclusivity over the marketing rights through 2028. Now, 2026 might be a different animal, but you can be assured that the IOC and USOC will bend over backwards to make SLC a reality if both Sweden and Italy bow out of that race, even if that means giving LA more money for lost marketing opportunities.
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    Stockholm better bring out Chazz Michael Michaels.
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    ...& meanwhile, at IOC Headquaters:
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    When did you become Olympianfan? The irony with Denver `76 is that the rejection of the Olympics prevented federal funding from spurring development in Colorado (including the roads) because they didn't want large numbers of people to come to the state. But that wound up happening anyway and did so without the benefit of federal funding. So in hindsight, it might have been wise to stick with the Olympics. Couldn't have known that at the time, but here we are nearly half a century later talking about problems that have plagued them for decades that they would have been better served to get out in front of. So yes, this is one of those cases where it's dangerous to tie infrastructure projects to an Olympics. Denver (and the nearby ski resorts) have most of the necessary infrastructure they need in terms of venues, but not the means to get everyone around. And even if Denver did push for an Olympics, it's all but a given they would rely on Salt Lake to provide some venues, most notably the sliding track and probably the ski jumps. At which point, does it make sense to use Denver in the first place instead of just going with Salt Lake.
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    Spain will bid to the host World Cup in 2030 Luis Rubiales, Pedro Sánchez and Gianni Infantino spoke about the matter on Wednesday It's been too long since Spain hosted a World Cup on its shores -- in concrete, since 1982, when tournament mascot Naranjito was one of the stars of the tournament. 12/09/2018 Upd. on 13/09/2018 at 09:28 CEST Jesús Malagón (@86malagon) IN SPORT.ES España presentará su candidatura para el Mundial 2030 The idea of hosting football's showpiece for a second time came up again on Wednesday in a meeting at Moncloa between RFEF president Luis Rubiales, FIFA chied Gianni Infantino and the president of Spain Pedro Sanchez. Spain's main objective is to organise the World Cup in 2030. However, there are various alternatives in which that could happen: either as a stand-alone candidate or as joint hosts with Portugal and Morocco. The second option is the one which Rubiales feels gives the country the best chance of winning the vote. The meeting was Infantino's second official visit to Spain in less than two months, after taking part in the RFEF's General Assembly, when Rubiales made his debut as the organisation's president. Thirty-six years ago, on our shores, Italy won th 1982 World Cup, beating Germany 3-1 in the final at the Santiago Bernabeu. In 2020, Bilbao will be one of the cities which hosts a European Championships which will be spread across the continent. The upcoming World Cups will be in Qatar in 2020 and in the USA, Canada and Mexico in 2026. https://www.sport-english.com/en/news/futbol-internacional/spain-will-bid-to-the-host-world-cup-in-2030-7030800
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    I agree. Ruff is very obsessed and it is indeed sad. As for AA.. if the mantra going forward is "be like LA 2028," then the IOC is turbo-fucked. LA is an anomaly. A wonderful anomaly that the IOC should be thankful was there in the right place at the right time. But there is no way for virtually any other city to be like LA. This isn't a matter of management or planning. What LA can offer simply doesn't exist elsewhere. And if Paris isn't enough like LA to where Tammy and Tommy Taxpayer are on the hook, where else could they legitimately expect that to happen? If the Summer Olympics are largely being relegated to mostly the mega-cities of the world (and that's not necessarily a bad thing), so be it. However, if those cities don't fall under the "your stuff has to be built already" heading - and AA continues to point the finger at Paris that they do not, then what city is capable of offering that other than LA? Not sure another such city exists, so it's foolish to say the IOC should be hopeful of finding one.
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