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  1. ESPN has already tweaked it's broadcast schedule, mostly by shortening many of the first week shows to 2 hours. The second week remains largely unchanged.
  2. Well, to be honest the nationality of the person who said it was Mexican, Don Mario Vázquez Raña, late-President of the Pan American Sports Organization, who said the Winnipeg Games were the best-organized since his own Games in Mexico City in 1975. Despite the "unpardonable attendance record" the 1999 Games still turned a healthy profit of $8.9 million. Throne, despite the fact that I have blocked you, I still come across your posts because others quote them, or I happen to check this page out on my phone where I am not signed in and my block list in not in effect. That aside, I must say your mostly negative posts about these games are really dragging me down, given that I will be spending a fair sum of money to attend the Games. I have made my peace that this event is not as popular as it once was, and that the populace of Toronto may not we enthralled as a whole about hosting them, I frankly, do not give a damn about what other people think about them. I care about the Games and given the proximity to home, felt an obligation to support them. I do not care that I will not be seeing Usain Bolt and Micheal Phelps (I am not mesmerized by superstars). I will be still be seeing top level athletes who are grateful for the opportunity. Then you come along and criticize all the marginalia (the street banners, the torch, the Brazilian uniforms) that will be forgotten the day after the ParaPan Ams end. Like I said many pages ago, start a new thread about that stuff and leave this one to Games news. Give the handful of us who care about the Games and the competition a break.
  3. I predict a slow start to the games attendance wise, but once the locals get a feel for the event, you'll see a lot of walk-up sales. Some sports will naturally draw better than others (keep in mind that the ceremonies, soccer, and rugby represent 500000 of the available tickets just by themselves), and the success of the Games cannot be measured in attendance alone. Everybody considered Winnipeg 1999 a success yet I remember reading that one of the women's water polo games was played before 21 fans.
  4. Beach volleyball draw tomorrow.
  5. You would expect Toronto to go slow with the decorating since the city has so many events going on between now and July (the IndyCar race is one event that comes to mind). I need some advice for my trip to Toronto, pertaining to our cell phones. My carrier here offers an add-on package for Canada but it costs way too much and probably does not include enough data to make it through the week. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
  6. Quaker, I used the programming search on ESPNmediazone.com. I also had ESPN Deportes included in the search, but nothing turned up (like Durban just stated). It really is an impressive time commitment and hopefully it serves to re-introduce the event to those who assumed it didn't exist anymore because they had not seen it on tv in decades. Durban, I do not think the closing ceremony starts until 8pm on the 26th. Events in that afternoon time slot include the men's soccer and volleyball finals and I think the women's baseball gold medal game as well.
  7. ESPN/ESPN2 Broadcast Schedule July 10 8-11pm ESPN July 11 6-10 pm ESPN2 July 12 7-11pm ESPN2 July 13 630pm-midnight ESPN2 July 14 7pm-midnight ESPN2 July 15 7-9pm ESPN2 (ESPY's night) July 16 7pm-midnight ESPN2 July 17 7pm midnight ESPN2 July 18 7pm-midnight ESPN2 July 19 130-5pm ESPN2 7-10 pm ESPN2 July 20 7pm-midnight ESPN2 July 21 6-11pm ESPN2 July 22 6pm-midnight ESPN2 July 23 6pm-midnight ESPN2 July 24 6pm-midnight ESPN2 July 25 430-11pm ESPN2 July 26 1-530 pm ESPN
  8. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/THE-SYDNEY-2000-HARBOUR-BRIDGE-OLYMPIC-RINGS-/151669098153 The price is a bargain, the shipping might be a bit of a conundrum.
  9. Indoor volleyball schedule released. http://images.toronto2015.org/system/asset_pdfs/schedule/volleyball-schedule-en.pdf Ticket sales have resumed now for all sports. It is interesting to note that I was snooping around Stubhub.com and noticed that people are re-selling their tickets (which will not even be printed until next month) already, which is actually commonplace. I did a double-take, though, when I saw somebody was asking $1900 each for A category OC tickets. I do believe somebody's expectations are a little out of line.
  10. I don't believe there has been a fully private funded Games. The security involves a federal, state, and local element. highways a state element, and subways a local element. The money for these projects comes from public dollars, not from an organizing committee. I really would have, had I read the article about the various cities in a more timely fashion, laid into the lady in the comments area who posted all those articles about Atlanta. She clearly lacked an understanding about who is responsible for what and where the funds come from for such projects. The Montreal games wound up costing each taxpayer $700 in increased taxes, I think that was spread out over 25 years, an average of $28 a year. Some of us can only wish to be that lucky.
  11. Back in the day, the Pan Ams were considered second-rate because the US, with all it's big names, just dominated the competition. Now, they get slammed because of the lack of big names, even though the competition has gotten better,
  12. I sat in front of a couple of people from India at judo in Atlanta. They spent the whole session kicking the back of my seat and whining about NBCs coverage. I'm sure they are all not that way, but it was annoying to no end.
  13. Canada's attire unveiled. http://www.thestar.com/sports/amateur/2015/04/29/team-canadas-pan-am-games-uniforms-unveiled.html Handball schedule released. http://panamhandball.org/pathf/2015/04/26/juegos-panamericanos-toronto-can-2015-panamerican-games/ A short article on CBC coverage, https://cartt.ca/article/cbc-gears-close-750-hours-coverage-toronto-2015-pan-am-and-parapan-am-games
  14. What an idiotic tirade by Vizer. With the exception of a few marquee sports, the IF's sanctioned World Championships and World Cup events are held in sporting oblivion, anybody recall the last GB thread about the World Fencing Championships, me neither. Many of his constituents are lucky to be able to ride the Olympic gravy train.
  15. I don't care what they wear as along as they behave themselves after that display of dancing around the athletes seating area in 2011, It eventually became a distraction to the ceremony and was an insult to the dignity of the occasion.
  16. I think the one ESPN network has an Arena Football game scheduled for the night of the OC. I never thought I'd ever mention Arena Football on GamesBids.
  17. I doubt the ceremony will start before 8 or 9 pm. I've noticed several times in the past that the start times for both the OC and CC will be different than stated on the early release of the schedule.
  18. It became a better ceremony when Don Mario died, we will not have to sit through one of his 10 minute speeches.
  19. 100 days to go. Guess I should get to work on renewing our passports.
  20. After the last couple summer games, I can honestly say I am tickled to death that the competition day starts at a reasonable hour here in the Eastern Time Zone.
  21. She doesn't even have a FIFA badge anymore. That call really killed her career.
  22. The roster of referees has been announced. http://resources.fifa.com/mm/document/footballdevelopment/refereeing/02/58/05/09/matchofficialsfwwccanada2015_260315_neutral.pdf Only four referees (Chenard, Alvarado, Steinhaus, and Neguel) return from 2011.
  23. Congrats. What a fantastic opportunity.
  24. The election for 1990 took place 11 days after the Soviets announced their boycott of the LA Games. Really bad timing for the Soviet bid, if it ever had a chance.
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