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  1. Under the present rotation system, we can't have applications from Asia or Europe for 2026. Only Africa and the Americas will bid. If Argentina and Uruguay focus in 2030 will open the way to USA to host in 2026. The maximum period that Europe waited to receive a world cup was between 2006 and 2018. This same interval would be repeated between 2018 and 2030. It is unlikely that the world cup 2030 will be outside Europe. The next Cup in South America is more likely to occur in 2034.

    I suspect they'll change it by then if FIFA like the idea of returning to Uruguay in 2030 (or keep it if they fancy it being in Europe). They're certainly not going to leave it 16 years between two European tournaments. The best thing though about talking about 2030 now is it's likely to be a world without Sebb Blatter, which can only be a good thing.

    I think that Argentina dreaming about hosting the World Cup at this moment is a reaaaally bad joke. They have just hosted the worst Copa América in the past years... the stadiums weren't the problems: it was the organization. They couldn't manage the ticket selling, the press, the accommodations, the broadcasting, etc, etc...

    As if FIFA care about little things like that. :D

  2. The BBC yesterday announced they will extend BBC3's broadcasting hours (usually that starts at 7pm) and launch an extra radio station - 5 Live Olympics Extra, for the duration of the games, along with confirming multiple live streams online covering all events.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/rogermosey/2011/08/i_was_surprised_to_read.html

    Also rumours today the BBC are looking to share rights for 2016 with either ITV or C4 for the first time since 1988.

  3. An "Olympic Grandstand" style programme on the BBC in a couple of weeks covering the test events:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/proginfo/tv/2011/wk34/sun.shtml

    Olympic Countdown

    Sunday 21 August

    1.00-5.30pm BBC TWO

    www.bbc.co.uk/sport

    With the London Olympics now just 341 days away, Clare Balding looks at how London is preparing for the Games, asking whether Britain will hit its target of fourth place on the medal table and finding out who the stars to look out for next year are.

    Today, the form of some of Britain's top medal hopefuls goes under the microscope at test events at next year's venues and World Championships abroad. This time next year their Olympic dreams and destinies will have been decided but, for now, it is all about rehearsing for that big day.

    The programme features the beach volleyball which takes place at Horse Guards Parade, the road cycling test event on the Olympic course, the BMX supercross World Cup event in the Olympic Park, canoeing from Szeged, Hungary, and the World Championship triathlon from Lausanne, Switzerland.

    Today's timetable is as follows:

    1.05pm Beach volleyball

    1.55pm Road race cycling

    2.15pm BMX highlights

    3.00pm World canoeing

    4.05pm World triathlon

  4. http://www.theage.com.au/sport/costly-delhi-games-deeply-flawed-20110806-1igwo.html

    Cost: $3.92 billion - 16 times over budget

    Revenue: $36 million

    THE corruption-marred Delhi Commonwealth Games cost 16 times the original estimate - at $3.92 billion - and generated a measly $36 million in revenue, an Indian government audit has found.

    The report found the organising committee to be ''deeply flawed, riddled with favouritism and bias''.

    Even before the findings the chief organiser, parliamentarian Suresh Kalmadi, and some of his offsiders had been jailed on corruption charges. The report criticises the prime minister's office for appointing Kalmadi, who says he has Alzheimer's disease.

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    The original budget estimate for last year's Games was $258 million.

    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/sport/costly-delhi-games-deeply-flawed-20110806-1igwo.html#ixzz1UMrLx2cp

  5. One of the nice things about Eurosport's Olympic coverage since 1992 is the fact that, since it's across Europe, there is no need to take a national angle like so many national broadcasters (BBC, ARD/ZDF, France Televisions, SVT, RTE, ERT, NRK) and focus on its athletes to gather national attention. For example, if it was to stick with an event with Europeans involved or act unbiased, it can whether or not the athletes have any medal potential wall-to-wall. Eurosport does have high hopes in its upcoming London coverage with increased viewership, especially with favorable timezones. The British Eurosport has a massive following since the advent of HDTV, so fans there can turn to it along with or instead of the BBC. Yes, Eurosport's coverage, like with its broadcasters, is regionalized to fit its Euro-diversity. As it was in Vancouver, Eurosport plans to have round-the-clock coverage with 10+ hours live with three news and magazine shows to round out the high-quality and in-depth analysis the sports network is known for.

    http://www.aroundtherings.com/articles/view.aspx?id=37488

    Any news yet on how the new European deals (not done through the EBU) will affect Eurosport.

  6. One of the most interesting things I've found about this forum is how differently the rest of the World views London and Britain to how it views itself - your plan is so stuck in history Citius Altius Fortius and if anything of that nature does feature I think it would be confined to one scene, but as most of British history consists of us invading the countries we've inviting to compete I think they'll be cautious in how they approach it.

    I can't remember with previous ceremonies but it is worth noting the first 2 hours or so of the ceremony will likely be in daylight, so that could affect things, especially fireworks. It'll be dark by the time the flame is lit after 11pm, but my memories of opening ceremonies are of them being at night, although surely light nights aren't unique to London.

  7. Foxtel announce their plans - 8 HD channels.

    http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2011/07/foxtel-to-screen-2012-olympics-on-8-hd-channels.html

    I don't know though if they could achieve their ambition of showing "every Aussie medal" and "all sports and matches featuring Australian teams" with just 8 channels. It was achieveable for Vancouver with just 4 - but the Winter Olympics is much smaller and the Aussie participation very limited. The summer games will most days have around a dozen sports going on, and I can't see Foxtel airing an entire day of shooting on the off chance an Aussie is the winner at the end of it.

  8. I went down to the view tube on Friday. Im not the orbits biggest fan, I always wanted to reserve judgement until it was built. I can honestly say from someone who hated the design when I first saw it. When you are standing in the Olympic park you can't take your eyes off it.

    Is that a good thing though. Surely it should be the stadia and when built the cauldron that grabs you eyeline, bot some unconnected tower.

  9. I also heard from a couple of Brit customers at my retail job that the BBC will have Welsh-language coverage of London 2012. By the way, the BBC will actually broadcast 5800 hours of coverage. I'll delve more into that and others soon.

    Interesting if true - to my knoweldge there has never been any Welsh language coverage of the games.

    You're right, Durban.. never too early for a London media thread. And since you brought up the NBC logo...

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    It does kinda look like a police badge (I've heard that mentioned elsewhere), but otherwise I think it works.

    So goes against the image London 2012 is trying to create. It's the sort of logo those who moaned about the official logo would have designed.

    Nine and FOXTEL took some grief from critics down in Australia from its Vancouver coverage and will no doubt be ready to do likewise when London hits. Sure it still is early for the details--we will get to look at them starting around early next year. Both Nine and FOXTEL would like to avoid the notorious jumping round of coverage like 7 used to do when it held the distinction as "Australia's Olympic Network" up to Beijing with all the bad press accompanying it and raise the standard of broadcasting from what they performed in Vancouver. The Roar has some suggestions as to how to improve:

    --make the joint sportscasters on Nine Network/FOXTEL from the respective sports be spot on, educate the viewers as well as themselves on the Olympic rules and the Olympians they are covering

    --have all or most Olympics events televised LIVE on free-to-air (Nine in this case), not just selected events

    --no Dim Sum-like morning show like in Beijing, probrably can't happen anyway with competition like the big swimming events being in the Australian morning and would like to get those live

    --don't be so Australian-centric in medal ceremonies, show them ALL (could eat up some time meant for other sports)

    --interview and profile Olympians from other nations, not just Australians (will be hard because the nations' broadcasters get first dibs on them and time constraints)

    --keep the Australian bias to a minimum

    But wishes like these are more suited for FOXTEL with its array of programming, since Nine Network would like to maintain interest to the general Australian public in their coverage. So it will be Australian in its bias. Nine will cover, consequently, events with great Australian interest because many viewers down there are not quite Olympic junkies, just casual viewers. And will continue to do so. However, I do think Nine will air something like 20-24 hours a day devoted to the Olympics with minimal jumping. With FOXTEL getting involved, there's that option to see events truly from start to finish.

    To be fair 7 got similar criticism, but Nine somehow managed to encourage more. Most of them points outlined though are ultimately just not practicle and if they swung more towards them they'd get even more criticism when missing Aussies competing in events to show a medal ceremony featuring some Americans.

    The set up in Australia doesn't help either - if it wasn't for FOXTEL picking up rights they would only get the main Channel 9 coverage as ridiculously C9 are not allowed to use their multi-channels to air seperate programming from the games (even more stupid when some coverage is on pay TV). Foxtel of course pledged to show every medal won and every competitng Australian live in Vancouver, but that simply won't be possible with the summer games.

    I guess no news yet on the Aussie rights for 2014/16.

    ...And now, straight from our buddy here on these boards, Canadiansportsfan, the CTV Olympics London 2012 logo! Nice, isn't it? Interestingly, we are not yet seeing this logo at CTV's website, on its press releases, TV promos, or even on its Facebook page. No surprise that it's the same structure like Vancouver's with the maple leaf, only it morphs to the Union Jack, the only commonality to NBC's logo. After all, Britain birthed Canada and are Commonwealth members. He plans to reveal more Olympic coverage and other Olympic-themed thoughts as we get to the one-year mark to London 2012 in July and on to London itself from his blog. Looking forward to read them all! :)

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    A bit better than the NBC effort, but still very dated.

    The media centre is looking much nicer now it has been finished. Love the ventilation ducts showing outside against the garden foreground. A lovely contrast. This was the building I was most worried about looking dull and boring. Not any more.

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    Apologies if this has already been posted. I did a search and could not find the original broadcast centre thread anywhere.

    Still not the most asthetically pleasing building, but I guess the view out is more important than the view in (though I suspect most broadcasters use CSO). The BBC are rumoured to be opting for a studio on top of a nearby council block instead, whilst Sky (with no broadcast rights) have a position in a shopping centre.

  10. Have to agree - it's hideous and really is a blot on the landscape, and will take attention away from the Olympic Cauldron itself, which should be the structure which dominates the skyline of the park.

    Unfortunately it's a Boris Johnson/Conservative vanity project - private funds could have been put to better use elsewhere.

  11. Mai TV from Fiji just showed daily one hour highlights of the 2010 Commonwealth Games starting at noon on October 3 with the Opening Ceremonies highlights and then again at 7:30pm (subsequent primetime Commonwealth daily highlights shows aired at 7pm Fiji time, except for October 8-9 also at 7:30pm and October 11 on 7:10pm). No surprise those will have some daily focus on the Fijian athletes in the midst of the major events and news going on there. Schedule is still up since it all is in October.

    Considering Fiji have been suspended from the Commonwealth they didn't exactly have any Fijian athletes to focus on. And indeed their presence was missed from the Rugby Sevens at least.

  12. Would be interesting to know who was used on the World Feed. Think all broadcasters dipped in at some point - the BBC seemed to use them for the athletics one morning at least on the red button interactive service, but then when it was shown on network the regular BBC guys were commentating.

    Also anyone found any caps/videos of the Foxtel interactive service. Pushbutton.tv developed the Vancouver one and has some caps and a video on their website. I'd have thought they probably tweaked it for Delhi too, but seen no caps of it anywhere.

    The BBC unfortunately now just use a standard sports multiscreen layout for all such events rather than the tailored interactive services we saw through to around 2006. Indeed for Freeview viewers I reckon we only had less than half the coverage of four years ago. In Melbourne we had live coverage pretty much from the first event to the last on the network, plus two further streams which were pretty much 24/7 throughout the games. In Delhi though coverage began around 8/9am - 4-5 hours after action began, and we only have one interactive stream, and that was only used for live coverage. We didn't get rolling highlights or delayed coverage at night.

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