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  1. Quaker2001

    Tokyo 2020 Media Updates

    LOL Durban. What's going on in your head that you would think the bring up #MeToo here? It's "only right" they recruited female athletes? This is like reading a bad version of Cliff Notes Next year is when they'll get more detailed. No use in doing that more than a year out. You should brace for a much bigger Olympics spiel next May (in case you forgot that you copied that line word for word from the article). The interesting question will be less about which sports go where and more about the programming schedule. This is slightly new territory since the last Summer Olympics in Asia was prior to the Comcast merger. There was no NBCSN during Beijing and as a result, no cable coverage during East coast primetime. I think we saw something of a template from Korea last winter where NBCSN will be up pretty close to 24 hours a day with Olympics coverage (although there will be bigger breaks for coverage of other sports, probably NASCAR in particular). The question here is what gets shown live and what doesn't? Will NBC repeat their "Primetime Plus" concept? Will the afternoon show be first run events or will it be games involving the U.S. that were shown on cable earlier? There's a lot of different ways they can go and streaming will be a key component. Would be nice to have some old events on there, but remains to be seen how much of a market there is for that. Have patience, though. I'm as eager as you are to get into more detail, but wouldn't expect too much of that until this fall at the very earliest, but more likely not until next spring when Tokyo is right around the corner.
  2. Quaker2001

    Stockholm/Åre 2026

    There's definitely cause for concern in that regard with Stockholm and it could absolutely shift a couple of votes in the direction of Milan. But it can't be so simplistic as "well, they could be Denver 2.0 and suffer the same fate." The IOC needs to have more foresight than that. There's more to the story of Denver then simply that they rejected hosting the Olympics and we tend to lost sight of that here when throw out the "R" word as a boogeyman for potential Olympic bidders. Because it's a much different story once a city has already been awarded an Olympics than trying to prevent a bid from happening in the first place. So let's say Stockholm wins the vote. How exactly could it come to pass that Stockholm attempts to reject the games? Again, the answer to that question is much more complicated than the word "referendum." What happened with Denver doesn't provide a template for other cities to follow. It took a certain sequence of events (and an element of poor management) that killed the Denver Olympics. Very little, if any of that, would relate to Stockholm.
  3. Quaker2001

    Los Angeles 2028

    Venue infrastructure is listed in LA's budget as $1.463 billion. That's more than 20% of their total budget. So it's a misnomer to say there's a lack of new construction when it accounts for a pretty big chunk of the budget. Where LA's efforts may be less risky than other bids is that it's privately backed as opposed to most of the time where it's government backed. Doesn't mean it's guaranteed to stick to budgets, especially if a scenario comes up where LA's interests need to measured up against the IOC's wishes. That's where a lot of Olympic host cities tend to run into trouble, so it remains to be seen how they'll handle that in LA. When the Boston anti-Olympic folks started to gain traction, I said I thought it was likely to be a one-time thing and not necessarily something that would pop up elsewhere. Needless to say, I pegged that one wrong. There's a ton of animosity against the IOC and for good reason. It's not necessarily specific to one city (although I've seen the NOlympicsLA folks go after Eric Garcetti on several occasions), so it might be more of a determined effort to oppose the IOC rather than be something specific to one city.
  4. Quaker2001

    Los Angeles 2028

    I agree there's a lot of mis-information from those guys, especially as I scroll through their Twitter account. And yes, maybe of their followers do believe there's $7 billion out there getting spent on the Olympics that somehow could be used on other projects. That said.. yes, there is a risk things will cost more than expected and/or revenues will be less than expected. Remains to be seen who is on the hook in that case. And that's to say nothing of all the socio-economic issues tied to the Olympics, for better or worse. If the NOlympicsLA folks were smart, they'd play up that negative aspect from `84 that often gets overlooked.
  5. Quaker2001

    Los Angeles 2028

    Los Angeles Plans To Hold 2028 Olympics In Toronto For The Tax Incentives
  6. Quaker2001

    Tokyo 2020 Media Updates

    Oh dear. So very much misinformation here, Durban. I know you like to summarize the articles you post and then try to offer up a couple of opinions, but be careful of poor reporting. Let's clear a few things up here. The start times for the swimming finals were known months ago, so this is not a new revelation. That's probably as much a FINA decision as it is for the organizers. They know where their bread is buttered, so they want those big U.S. audiences and the sponsorship dollars that come along with it. Yes, that comes at the expense of other viewers around the world. But any notion that it might affect athletes' performances was erased in Beijing when they followed a similar schedule and world records were broken left and right. I find it interesting you would infer that about the women's soccer final, as if that was the rationale behind the decision. It's noteworthy that the women's gold medal game will be held at Olympic Stadium. Normally that's an honor reserved for the men's final, but women's soccer being popular in Japan, they gave it to the women this time. As such, the stadium is being used every night during the 2nd half of the Olympics for track & field. Thus, the only time they could hold the women's final is in the afternoon. Has absolutely nothing to do with with the preference of NBC. You mention the track and field finals (of course you did, because they said it in the article). They're largely mirroring what the IAAF did in 2016 in Rio. They held some finals during the daytime sessions there (at least 1 per day) largely to appease European television interests, but also to help try and sell tickets to those sessions. So that they're doing it again here has less to do with American TV and more with the interests of the organizers and the IAAF. The basketball finals I'll grant you are odd, especially that the men's gold medal game happens before the bronze medal game. So that's probably not a coincidence. Although the women's final is on the day of the Closing Ceremony (as the men's final generally is at most Olympics), so that's not necessarily a major issue. Overall.. yes, there will be some criticism, mostly over swimming, the a lot of these decisions also come from the individual sport federations who are acting in their own self interests. Which happen to align with those of NBC.
  7. Thank you for clearing that up. Makes sense now. Sort of
  8. Fair points, particularly about the contingency funds. My fault for not seeing that as a specific line item under expenses. Could have skipped the condescending line about inflation though. I should know better than to reference original estimates which were all based on 2024 and not 2028. Still, why would the original estimates have been made in 2016 dollars, as if they didn't know from the start the Olympics were going to be in 2024 (and later in 2028).
  9. So let's recap here. What was initially projected to be a $5.3 billion budget has gone up to $6.2 billion and now to $6.9 billion. Venue infrastructure for a bid that has no new permanent venues to build is now close to $1.5 billion. And based on those numbers, they're expected to break even, NOT make a profit. Not trying to be negative here, but just looking to be realistic. What say our number 1 LA booster? Oh yea, that's right.. he got sent on permanent vacation for being a complete and total piece of sh!t.
  10. https://twitter.com/slc2030 I would say it's pretty clear what SLC prefers and they probably would have jumped at the chance for 2026 if the USOC had let them. Remains to be seen if the USOC will bid for 2030. They said they're interested. Yes, there's the matter of 2028 to deal with, but that didn't stop them from very publicly anointing Salt Lake as their candidate. As for NBC.. get your narratives straight. They already have their contract locked in for 2030. They did that not knowing the host city, just like 2028. So imagine how much more valuable those rights become relative to what they paid if Salt Lake is the host city. They would absolutely love that. It's the IOC that would potentially benefit from the 2034 Olympics being held in the United States. Since those rights haven't been awarded yet, they could raise the asking price for those Olympics if it's looking like they would be in the United States and pit the other networks against each other if they wanted to get in on that.
  11. I don't think that's safe to say at all. Given the twists and turns these bids have taken, I don't think we can hand it over to Stockholm just yet. I like their odds, but it's far from a done deal. If not all that much changes about the 2 candidates in the next 2 months, then yes, it's likely going to Stockholm. Their bid isn't without negative though. Not sure what the Italians will do if they lose 2026. Italy only hosted 20 years prior, so it's not as thought they've gone a long time without hosting. If Stockholm gets 2026, then the appeal of getting a more traditional Western European nation back in the fold isn't quite there anymore. So if Milan/Cortina were bidding for 2030 in a bigger field of candidates, I don't like their odds so much. Like you said, it's a much less appealing bid in comparison to Stockholm A double is not worthwhile here. These aren't compelling enough candidates that the IOC needs both of them right now. Especially so far as Stockholm is involved with a less than enthusiastic support level. There are candidates waiting in the wings for 2030. On that note.. I'm sure the USOC knows they're probably going to want to beat out other cities if they want 2030. That's how this game is played (usually). But are those cities so compelling as Salt Lake? Remains to be seen. If Salt Lake bids for 2030, regardless of who else is in the field, they stand a pretty good chance of winning.
  12. Quaker2001

    Los Angeles 2028

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  13. Quaker2001

    Los Angeles 2028

    Can I get some of what you're smoking? Please don't tell me you *actually* think LA has the most hated sports teams in America. The Rams? The Chargers? Where do you come up with that crap. Maybe try talking to fan bases not in the immediate vicinity of LA and ask them who they hate. Let's actually look at this one. The Lakers I'll give you. Although they haven't made the playoffs in 6 years, so at this point there's not that much hatred for them. And that's after a year with LeBron. In MLB, the Yankees are #1 and the Red Sox are #2. The Dodgers? At best, a distant 3rd. They're now more than 30 years removed from their last World Series title. And in the NFL? There's the Patriots. And then the Patriots. Not even close to a contest. So the correct answer is Boston. And I don't just say that because I'm from New York. No one outside of this thread believes that LA is some sort of punching bag for the rest of the country (or the world) that has to deal with an unfair amount of negative press. Guess what.. that's every city. Let alone that it extends to their sports teams as if the Rams and Chargers are hated teams outside of St. Louis and San Diego. Stop trolling. All of you
  14. Quaker2001

    Los Angeles 2028

    NBC and Team USA Combine Olympics Ad Drives in Pursuit of Billions NBC, LA 2028 to combine to sell sponsorships, ad time
  15. Quaker2001

    Tokyo 2020 News - General