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  1. This Is It, Today Is The Last Day of Rio 2016.
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  2. Haha, no! The most famous case of a team moving a long way was Wimbledon's owners moving the club from south London to Milton Keynes 15 years ago. But that caused a huge amount of uproar. The fans of Wimbledon set up their own club in the aftermath which started in something like the 10th tier of English football and has been promoted several times since. This season the fan-founded AFC Wimbledon is playing in the same league as the relocated Milton Keynes team for the first time (in the 3rd tier of English football). It's not unknown for local authorities to have stakes in stadiums - I think Hull's stadium was built and is owned by the city - but it's very much the exception. So not only is the notion of a team moving a foreign idea to us, the idea of a city paying for a team's stadium is too. So there's no leeway for that kind of threat from clubs. Of course, we'll happily build an Olympic or Commonwealth Stadium using public funds, but as I said, I think that's because we're generally ok with spending on "national" projects. However it's marketed and presented I'm not sure an Olympics could ever really be "national" project in the same way in the States. It's a nice idea though - just $3 from every citizen and you've got yourselves a stadium! Embrace socialism guys, and you've got the biggest and best Games ever!
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  3. It is because of the song by Vanessa da Mata, which says to be wet by the rain
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  4. Apart from the death of the Iranian cyclist, both the Olympics and Paralympics of Rio 2016 have been a thoroughly enjoyable experience!!! Muito Obrigado Rio!!! Now the 4 year count begins to Tokyo 2020. No doubt it'll be here before we know it!!
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  5. Just build it? Shoot, why didn't I think of that. And use it for "whatever." Make stadiums great again! I do love the irony here that you keep saying "we certainly could do it" because "we can easily afford it," yet 1 of your favorite refrains in the LA thread is "how will they pay for it?" You know what drives me nuts? Referring to a city as "they." New York is not a group of people or a business that has wants and desire. It's an extremely complex structure with rules and oversight that mean it takes money than just money to get things done. New York doesn't jump in and bid unless a person (or persons) within New York decides they want to jump in and that won't happen unless there's a plan to make it work. In order for that to happen, that plan has to not be dumb. Texas high schools decide to spend $60 million on a football stadium not because they have more money than they know what to do with and figure it would be a fun idea, but somehow that it might be a wise thing to do financially. The precursor for an Olympic bid from a city like New York (or any other city for that matter) is a sensible plan. In that regard, you know as well as I do that the financial and political part of the bid will always be different here than in other countries. If we can so easily afford it, why have no less than 3 cities tried and failed? Because it doesn't work. It's a big reason why there hasn't been pro football in LA for the past 2 decades and now there is. Why? Because someone had a plan to make it work and also happened to own a professional football team. No city is going to "just build it" and offer it up to an NFL team. That's not how things work. Just because there is money and logistics that fanatics like us on the internet can dream up does not mean these things will work in the real world. Could they? Yes. Would they. Not really.
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