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  1. 27 minutes ago, Quaker2001 said:

    Curious this comes out shortly after Bach comes out and says he's confident they'll happen on time.

    Does Tokyo really want to stay in bed with the IOC for that long?  If that happens, it'll have been nearly 20 years!  How much more will that cost Japan to stage the 2032 Olympics, especially with facilities that will all be a lot older, and who knows what they'll be able to do about the athletes village.

    I want to remain optimistic we'll have an Olympics this summer and the IOC being the IOC, I wonder how much they'll hold Japan's feet to the fire to hold the games.

    They're talking about a Sapporo bid for the winter games, so they might be in bed with the IOC regardless. 

  2. I don't know about 2031 with LA hosting the 2028 Olympics and Salt Lake perhaps hosting the Winter Games in 2030 or 2034. I doubt the USOPC will be interested in presenting a Pan Am bid in that time frame unless PanAm Sports is desperate for a host and a some sort accommodation favorable to the USOPC can be reached.

    I like the idea about a DC-Baltimore bid, it being so close to home. However, despite the fact that the Pan Am Games do not require the mega-facilities of the Olympics, the price tag for 2015 and 2019 was more than a billion dollars for each edition. How would a US based games be financially viable? This is an event that fell off the radar of the American sports consciousness decades ago as the marquee athletes decided to pass to save themselves for the increasingly lucrative world championships and world cup events in their respective sports. It will take a heck of a sell job to convince broadcasters and sponsors to support such an event and I think the ship  has sailed in regards to any public funding. 

    I wish it would happen, as I still love this event that many have forsaken (in fact I'm watching some of last year's action on the DVR as I write this). The Games are still very relevant in many parts of the Americas, but not so much here.

  3. Thanks for finding that ceremony. The audio wasn't the greatest at times, but I've been waiting to see it for so long that it was a minor problem. Found it interesting that the commentators were largely silent unlike American commentators who talk a little too much.

    The only opening left on my wish list that I haven't been able to re-watch is Lake Placid 1980. Every other one from Munich to the present has been out there for at least a short period of time. 

  4. I don't like Bach anymore than some of you, but he is not a complete ignoramus who blindly believes that this is going off as planned. Surely they are working with the needed parties, and they are many, to reschedule this and is withholding any comment until everything is set in stone. I just wish they would announce it now and just reset the countdown clock, but this is going to be incredibly complex. I think they will pull it off though (using lots of money to keep many happy) and, barring another situation such as this, the Games will take place in the summer of 2021.




  5. Interest in the YOGs is, at best, lukewarm around here (75 total posts in the forums pertaining to the 2018 and 2020 editions). That's probably why nobody was beating the door down to post the OC as soon as possible.  You can slap the Olympic rings on it, but it just doesn't feel like an Olympic Games. Just my opinion.

  6. You just cannot reason with these people. You can address all their concerns and then they'll invent some new ones just to keep stirring the pot and any amount of attention they get just emboldens their resolve and their agenda. Why do they target the Olympics and the Olympics only? How about motor racing and it's effects on the environment? How about other sports organizations and the their insistence on using public funds to build stadiums? They don't seem to have too much to say about the issues related to the 2022 World Cup, either. 

  7. That was a fun few weeks. I had serious doubts a few years back about how this was going to turn out. After all, they seemed more concerned about the mascot than the venues. It all turned out fine in the end and I commend those who made it possible.

  8. Still have to watch the rest of the ceremony after the parade of athletes. Decided to be a nice husband and go with my wife to a concert and returned home late and watched on the DVR through the end of the parade. I think my initial impressions might be clouded from fatigue and crankiness so I'll need to take the time to watch it again at a better time.

  9. 16 hours ago, Quaker2001 said:

    Gonna be honest.. I literally had absolutely no idea the Pan Am games were going on until I came across an ad.  Wasn't even sure if ESPN was covering it and neither of the 2 press releases give much in the way of a schedule.  Shows where this event falls on the spectrum of importance in the United States.  May check out some of it tomorrow, but I'll be spending most of my Olympic sports viewing this weekend on NBC with the Tour de France and the FINA World Championships.

    There was absolutely no promotion on any of ESPN's English-speaking outlets and that is indicative of where the event ranks on the sporting hierarchy. Many friends my age remember them from the 70s and 80s (before the international sports calendar got glutted with more frequent and lucrative World Championships and the like) when CBS would broadcast the Games, but had assumed that they no longer existed because there was no English coverage from 1995-2003 and just snippets since. The amount of coverage on ESPNU is just fortunate timing since they have a lot of time to fill during the down period in the college athletic calendar. 

    Ironic that you had no idea about the Pan Ams, I was the same way about the Tour de France, I was totally oblivious to it until I saw the headlines about today's stage being shortened by hail.

  10. 18 hours ago, 2018 said:

    As in the opening ceremony?

    Actually the graphic look. I wouldn't trade my opening ceremony experience for anything, it will always be one of the most memorable experiences in my lifetime. I know those who are more into the artistic presentation didn't think much of it but, being culturally naive, they could have replaced Cirque du Soleil with thecombination of the Mummenschanz mime troupe and Up With People and I still would have found it memorable.

  11. There isn't much that I would trade from my 2015 experience, but this look is so much better.

    Great to see so much coverage on the ESPN family of networks. It has its downsides though. I decided to subscribe to Sling for a month to get ESPN Deportes since a tech would have to stop by and re point my dish to get the channel via satellite. Turns out you can't use the DVR function or fast forward or rewind for ESPN Deportes on Sling. Also the streams on ESPN3 and the ESPN app are not archived for on-demand viewing. I also needed my Sling subscription to be able to watch any of the Spanish streams. I guess I just need to set the DVR for ESPNU on my satellite when I can't watch live, just like the old days of Olympic TV before you could watch anything at anytime.

    As of yet, I have not seen a mobile app to follow the Games, that is sort of a must anymore.




  12. On 6/21/2019 at 11:31 AM, yoshi said:

    I still think it’s pretty odd that they haven’t launched their proper logo yet. World Cup logos are normally revealed around the previous World Cup, but we’re almost a year on from the 2018 final. Might be wishful thinking, but it’s almost like Qatar still aren’t sure they’ll actually host it. 

    It's not unprecedented, both the 1994 and 2002 logos were unveiled around a year after the previous World Cup.

  13. Tickets finally went on sale today. Prices are lower than 2015, which is to be somewhat expected even though I saw a report that listed Lima as one of the more expensive cities in Latin America. Several sports, including rowing and canoe/kayak are free. I would be nice to do a second consecutive Pan Am games, but other matters will force me to follow them at home. I would be a little peeved if I were going because the ticketing website lists the basics like date, time, and place for the various sessions, but no other details. How would somebody to wants to see a certain event final know which session to purchase?


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