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zekekelso

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  1. It's only bad PR if you belive that hosting the Olympics is bad for the economy. There are those that believe that having coca-cola and NBC spend $1billion on infrastructure would be good for Spain's economy.Now there is no easy answer as to whether hosting is ultimately good or bad for an economy. But the important question is whether the IOC members think it is good or bad. And I suspect they think it's good. Do you really think the IOC is going to say, "We didn't give the Olympics to Spain because we didn't want to harm their economy?"
  2. Whether true or not, the perception is the IOC ruled out Doha because of October. I don't see how they could accept a bid for an October 2024 games.
  3. OK, let's look at it from VISA standpoint.... why did they pay mucho buckaroos to be an Olympic sponsor? Did they do it because they could force Olympic patrons to use VISA, thereby increasing their business by 0.001%? Or did they do it because they want positive brand imaging? This isn't positive brand imaging!
  4. Somebody needs to explain to Visa that you become an Olympic sponsor to get people to feel all warm and fuzzy about your company. This <crap> just pissed people off.
  5. I'm no expert, but isn't a golf course just about the easiest possible venue to replace? Something happens to your whitewater venue, you've got trouble. Something happens to your golf course? Not so much.
  6. Forgive me if this has been discussed already, but to what extent to people think the "home nations" will be highlighted in the ceremony? Renent ceremonies have celebrated the components within a country... and they could do great stuff with Scottland, Wales, maybe even throw in Jersey etc. But I could also see them wanting to avoid the whole issue and we get ceremonies without even a single utterance of "England." So no "this blessed plot...."
  7. Yes, it is confirmed that there will be more tickets up for sale. Details of how it will be run are still being worked out. Looks like they want to use Ticketmaster. I would expect at least a few opening ceremony tickets will be in that last batch. They will probably be in the most expensive categories, and demand will be *much* greater than supply. You'll need a lot of luck to get them. If you are shut out and really do want tickets, the "legal touts" (Thomas Cook) may have some very expensive pagages that include opening ceremony tickets. Plus, no matter what officilas claim, there will be
  8. I'm almost certain this will be the only time I ever say this in this forum, but Wow, I love those pictures. London in the snow. Very cool. PS - It didn't take 20 years to turn around public opinion on the Eiffel Tower. In fact, the notion that it was hated at first is largely a myth. It was the snooty arts community – not the general public - that rejected the early plans, and even they swiftly came around. By this point point in the Eiffel Tower's history (i.e. about 80% complete) is was already a wildly popular symbol of Paris. Stores throughout the city were flooded with every possible so
  9. Given the choice between LOCOG having a super-secret complicated internal master plan that requires changing the category of seat.... and assuming it's just a (what's the right British term) cockup, I'll take the later.
  10. >> Each Athletics event, each Swimming event, each event the seating is different. You may sit in an AA seat one night and a few nights later its a B seat. One of the many goofy things LOCOG is doing that makes no sense. An A seat should be an A seat period. Rowing is a good example of the oddness. The first two medal days they are selling A-E tickets. The last two they are selling AA-D tickets. But the prices seem to be the same. The first two days have A for 150, B for 95, etc. The next two days the AA's are 150, the A's are 95, etc. Gotta believe it's the exact same seats for the sam
  11. Currently, only residents of EU contries can buy tickets from LOCOG.
  12. Well, yeah, that would be more fair. But if they did that, I wouldn't have all my tickets for London. The system crashed like crazy for the announced ticket sales. But since I knew enough from prior years (and reading here) I checked back and got everything I wanted.
  13. Can't tell you how sickening it feels to have a basket full of tickets, 30 minutes left on Cosport's 45 minute timer, and not be able to check out due to their Compaq 386-powered server being unable to process orders.
  14. If not Tickemaster, who? This is the crap we get dealing with Cosport every single time. I'd *love* USOC to dump Cosport for Ticketmaster. While ticketing is always a problem, LOCOG is making things worse by (1) being horrible about commicating things. It's inexcusable. (2) By greatly overreaching with their resale rules. Combine (1) and (2) and you get the ridiculous situatin where LOCOG is simulatiously tryng to tell people that it's OK to sell their tickets to frieds and family and also that doing so is illegal with severe penalties. Booo.
  15. Hmm.. I wonder if that's what this is all just about. Bettman knows darn well the NHL needs to participate in the Olympics. But he's holding it out as a negotiating tactic.
  16. The Good News: Olympic hockey significantly increases the audience for hockey in the US. The US/Canada 2010 final was one of the highest rated non-football team sports event of the last decade. Bigger than the World Series. Bigger than the NBA finals. Bigger than the NCAA Basketball finals. And it goes without saying, far bigger than the Stanley Cub. The Olympics are about the only time non-diehards will watch hockey. It didn't hurt that this was one of the greatest hockey games you could imagine. Last second shot to send the game into overtime? NHL's wonderkid scores the winning goal to gi
  17. I keep waiting for the Orbit Tower to "grow" on me. Instead, I just dislike it more and more. Thanks for the picutres... just wish we could blot out that eyesore somehow.
  18. Look, the US isn't perfect... there are lots of things we deserve criticism for. But we do a lot of good stuff too... perhaps nothing more so than the unwavering support and investment in post-WW2 Germany. The Berlin Airlift, Kennedy's speech, etc. would all be in the minds of 1972's Germans.
  19. Huge thanks to FiveRing!!! Having been through this before, I knew enough to keep checking the website. But I'd already looked at CoSport's site once earlier today. Just now there were a number of nice tickets available. Had to make some hard choices, especially as most were in the top categories. I actually had an AA diving ticket in my cart, but had to throw it back. Ouch. But I mostly filled out my schedule, leaving room for that tennis ticket I'm going to find a way to get. Thanks again FiveRing. PS - Phantom artistic gymnamstic and tennis tickets still showing on the main page. Boo
  20. The main availability page showed tickets for the artictic gymnatics, but I think that was a glitch. Whenever I tried to actually pull tickets up, and the search didn't error out, they tickets weren't there.
  21. Al, Don't forget the near-criminal exchange rate Cosport uses to jack up their margin far above what is officially allowed. And don't get me started on the fees. Anyway, if you have the contact info for how to complain to at the USOC, I'd love to have it. I've hated Cosport since they showed up. Would love to know where to vent. PS - If you happen to have ended up with an extra tennis ticket you don't want....
  22. Cosport is the #1 example that the Olympics are still full of corruption. It's bad enough they are allowed to have huge markups on tickets (something to keep in mind every time the Olympics claim they want to eliminate scalpers... they just want to eliminate the competition from their own scalpers.) But if they are going to force us to go through a scalper to get tickets, can we at least get a competent scalper? Cosport is the most inept ticket seller on earth as far as I can tell. Their *job* is to run ticket sales. They can't do it. Other than making their buddy Sead Dizdarevic extremely ri
  23. Cosport is announcing some sort of ticket sales upcoming for Canada and the US next week. Austria, Sweden, Norway Bugaria on December 15th. Not sure what tickets will be available...
  24. >> president of greek national olympic comittee Spyros Capralos, said that Istanbul is also "their" candidate city for 2020 race. Is that a surprise? Forgive me for not being up on Turkish/Greek relations, but I thought you guys didn't like each other and there was still a ton of conflict between the two countries. Or are things better these days?
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