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Interesting. Not sure how this will play out. Could be both good and bad for Chicago. The headline is kinda misleading though, as he only says that if Chicago is awarded then there is a chance they would bid, not that they for sure would.

Murdoch's Fox will only bid for 2016 Olympic TV rights if Chicago awarded Games

By Duncan Mackay

September 15 - Rupert Murdoch warned today that he will only sanction a multi-billion dollar bid from his company Fox to screen the 2016 Olympics if Chicago is awarded the Games.

Fox were expected to mount a bid for the United States rights to the 2014 Winter and 2016 Summer with Dan Bell, a spokesman for Fox, last week claiming "the Olympics are one of the premier sporting events in the world and we will absolutely be a part of the bidding process when the time comes".

But Murdoch claimed at a a media event in the US that News Corporation, which owns Fox, are not planning to bid for the rights because he does not believe they make money.

He said: "We haven't thought about it.

"But I wouldn't think so."

Murdoch admitted, though, he could be persuaded to change his mind if Chicago are chosen ahead of rivals Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo to host the Games by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at its Session in Copenhagen on October 2

He said: "[Then they] may be pretty tempting.

"But I imagine the bidding will be high.

"And in spite of all the propaganda and everything - I don't want to call anybody a liar - but no one's ever made any money out of them [the Olympics]."

Murdoch's comments are a surprise because he has aggressively pursued Olympic rights in other countries.

His companies in Italy and Turkey have already acquired the rights to screen the Olympics.

In October last year Fox Turkey brought the rights to the 2014 and 2016 Olympics while Sky Italia will be showing the next four Games, starting in Vancouver next year and including London 2012.

BSkyB in Britain are also expected to be major bidders when the rights for the 2014 and 2016 are negotiated shortly following the breakdown of talks between the IOC and the European Broadcasting Union.

NBC claimed that that they made a small profit from broadcasting last year's Olympics in Beijing but have never released official figures.

Murdoch said: "When they're [the Olympics] on, they do suck a huge amount of revenue away from everyone else - in a sort of profitless way."

NBC Universal will carry next year's Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2012 event in London.

It paid $2.2 billion (£1.3 billion) for those combined rights.

Bidding on the 2014 and 2016 Games is expected to begin sometime after the IOC chooses a site for the 2016 Summer Games.

Earlier today, NBC chief executive Jeff Zucker said his company would only continue bidding for the Olympic rights as long as they are financially viable.

He said: "We're not going to put the company in any distress to do so."

http://www.insidethegames.biz/index.php?op...s&Itemid=73

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I am not surprised. For the US rights, Fox has always been a tentative player. And NBC just keeps bidding and winning the Olympics not because of the 'unique' content or that it would make great moeny for them but because it's a great springboard for their otherwise lousy rest-of-the-year programming. (I like CBS shows so much better.) But that's the only reason NBC is so foolish to go head-over-heels for the Olympics. Jeez, what am I saying...I just realized that I own a few GE stocks.

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Interesting. Not sure how this will play out. Could be both good and bad for Chicago. The headline is kinda misleading though, as he only says that if Chicago is awarded then there is a chance they would bid, not that they for sure would.

http://www.insidethegames.biz/index.php?op...s&Itemid=73

I don't trust Rupert Murdoch to do anything that might help Chicago--the hometown of his current nemesis, Pres. Barack Obama, and a Democratic Party stronghold. Best I can hope for with this announcement is a neutral response.

CHItown '16

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The Olympics "suck revenue in a profitless sort of way." Wow. That's quite a statement. This is something the IOC needs to watch. The Games CANNOT become a mere two week extravagance where the host city and the networks pour in tons of money and energy and get nothing back.

Just reread that line. I have no doubt that Rupert Murdoch would do anything he could to make Obama's job more difficult. In this case, I guess it is to raise doubts about the value of the US broadcast rights and create problems for a Chicago 2016 Olympics - making it more likely he would make a Copenhagen trip rather than deal with issues that are closer to Murdoch's immediate concerns.

CHItown '16

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Just reread that line. I have no doubt that Rupert Murdoch would do anything he could to make Obama's job more difficult. In this case, I guess it is to raise doubts about the value of the US broadcast rights and create problems for a Chicago 2016 Olympics - making it more likely he would make a Copenhagen trip rather than deal with issues that are closer to Murdoch's immediate concerns.

CHItown '16

This is getting a little bit too predictable:

http://www.drudgereport.com/flashocc.htm

FOX-TV CHICAGO ORDERED NOT TO RUN ANTI-OLYMPICS STORY

Sun Sep 27 2009 21:56:11 ET

A local TV station that reported on Chicagoans NOT wanting the Olympics has been told NOT to run the report again, insiders tell the DRUDGE REPORT!

The Chicago Olympic Committee told FOX Chicago that its broadcast "would harm Chicago's chances" to be awarded the games.

The station's news director ordered staff to hold fire after the report aired once last Thursday morning, claims a source.

Chicago, Madrid, Tokyo and Rio are mounting strong bids for the honor to host in 2016.

The International Olympic Committee makes its decision on Friday. President Obama will lead the in-person push.

Developing...

and, of course, the predictable engagement of the Republican opposition:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/9/28/78...te-the-Olympics

Republicans Now Hate the Olympics

As a demonstration of how seriously twisted they have become, the far right is now engaging in an all-out effort to help bring the 2016 Olympic games to... drumroll please... Brazil!

This morning, all one has to do is peruse some of the right wing sites to get a disturbing feeling of truly un-American sentiment. This group, in their all out hatred of all things Obama, will stake a position against having the Olympic games in the United States, simply because they will take place in the President's hometown of Chicago and he and the first lady are solidly behind the effort.

So, the Republicans are now openly supporting Rio 2016?

No surprise.

A lot of what I've been reading from Rio's supporters sounds like it came straight from the 2008 Republican campaign.

Seriously, though - the Republicans aren't all that effective as an opposition and you're tying yourself to a group that is becoming more and more ridiculous. It's not as though Chicago supporters are quoting and modeling themselves after Lula's opposition here.

CHItown '16

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This is getting a little bit too predictable:

http://www.drudgereport.com/flashocc.htm

and, of course, the predictable engagement of the Republican opposition:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/9/28/78...te-the-Olympics

Republicans Now Hate the Olympics

So, the Republicans are now openly supporting Rio 2016?

No surprise.

A lot of what I've been reading from Rio's supporters sounds like it came straight from the 2008 Republican campaign.

Seriously, though - the Republicans aren't all that effective as an opposition and you're tying yourself to a group that is becoming more and more ridiculous. It's not as though Chicago supporters are quoting and modeling themselves after Lula's opposition here.

CHItown '16

well, remember...straight from the borg queen "Anne-Marie's" voice-box: "Who cares? I am a Republican." And Juan Antonio Samaranch is Senator Palpatine. :o

I rest my case.

I'm wondering what coercion Murdoch is doing to get the Games to Lake Michigan shores so he can have a shot at it since the next Ozzie chance probably won't be until 2036. I am sure he has connexions in the IOC.

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Ehh. Mitt Romney, one of the top Republicans praised his decision to go to Copenhagen.

Republican Mitt Romney on Monday praised President Obama's decision to travel to Copenhagen this week to make the case that Chicago should host the 2016 Summer Olympics, saying the president's personal appeal is likely to ensure the city lands the games.

He's just gonna take flak from the same people that bitch about everything and anything he does. Rush Limbaugh.. Glenn Beck.. etc etc.

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Romney organized Salt Lake 2002, so I guess he understands.

But yeah, Beck, Limbaugh, Coulter, and the rest of those fools are ready to whine and moan about all this. I hope they don't end up blowing this all up if Chicago were to loose on Friday.

As far as blowing things up, they're constantly throwing grenades about almost anything that Obama does so it'd be no surprise that they would find something to criticize regardless of what happens Friday.

CHItown '16

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I support Chicago (and it should be said that Rio too), but how many people outside Chicago know about this bid? How many people will feel like Chicago's hosting the 2016 Games will bring benefits to the entire country?

It seems to me like not many. If Obama comes back with the bid won, people outside Chicago will say cool and resume with their lives. If he comes back with the bid lost, Republicans will only have to point to the crappy state of the world at the moment to make the point that Obama's trip to Denmark was totally unnecessary. One just did on CNN.

Maybe my perspective on all this is not the general one, so correct me if you can.

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I support Chicago (and it should be said that Rio too), but how many people outside Chicago know about this bid? How many people will feel like Chicago's hosting the 2016 Games will bring benefits to the entire country?

It seems to me like not many. If Obama comes back with the bid won, people outside Chicago will say cool and resume with their lives. If he comes back with the bid lost, Republicans will only have to point to the crappy state of the world at the moment to make the point that Obama's trip to Denmark was totally unnecessary. One just did on CNN.

Maybe my perspective on all this is not the general one, so correct me if you can.

So ?

Please do not disparage the GOP so.

It is their job to say 'no'.

They are genetically encoded to oppose progress. You see; they can collectively trace their lineage to the 'NooNo'no' tribe who , to this day, still occupy the right bank of the the Backardia River in central Inbraedistan. They should not be looked down on for fulfilling their genetic duty - to say No.

Go Chicago 2016 !

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I support Chicago (and it should be said that Rio too), but how many people outside Chicago know about this bid? How many people will feel like Chicago's hosting the 2016 Games will bring benefits to the entire country?

It seems to me like not many. If Obama comes back with the bid won, people outside Chicago will say cool and resume with their lives. If he comes back with the bid lost, Republicans will only have to point to the crappy state of the world at the moment to make the point that Obama's trip to Denmark was totally unnecessary. One just did on CNN.

Maybe my perspective on all this is not the general one, so correct me if you can.

The US is so big, and spread out with so many huge cities and economies, I don't think the average citizen is going to obsess about the games anywhere once they are awarded. I think it takes longer to set in how significant a celebration it is, most wont feel it until they are in the middle of it, and sometimes it takes some dorky over-hyped media hog like Phelps (or hi mom or Obama) to get them excited. Anyway the power of the games is something even republicans love. Obamas trip to This meeting is minor compared to his (and his staffs) many other gaffs and longer and deeper neglectful actions. He won't get pounded on this.

Anyway, I'm thinking the IOC is hiding behind the games with other intentions not so pure, like all big time political organizations.

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Ehh. Mitt Romney, one of the top Republicans praised his decision to go to Copenhagen.

He's just gonna take flak from the same people that bitch about everything and anything he does. Rush Limbaugh.. Glenn Beck.. etc etc.

Its good to see Mitt Romney has praised the decision of Obama to attend.

It is important that those on the other side of the political aisle get in behind the bid as well.

Romney understands better than most how the IOC works

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It seems to me like not many. If Obama comes back with the bid won, people outside Chicago will say cool and resume with their lives. If he comes back with the bid lost, Republicans will only have to point to the crappy state of the world at the moment to make the point that Obama's trip to Denmark was totally unnecessary.

Thats why I think he already knows chicago won it...

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QUOTE (NY20?? @ Sep 28 2009, 04:55 PM) *

It seems to me like not many. If Obama comes back with the bid won, people outside Chicago will say cool and resume with their lives. If he comes back with the bid lost, Republicans will only have to point to the crappy state of the world at the moment to make the point that Obama's trip to Denmark was totally unnecessary.

There will be complaints that Obama should not be in Copenhagen when the country has so many more pressing national issues, most people have feel the Olympics is a meaningful venture, worth his attendance.

It wouldn't make a difference. They're going to bicker about anything he does anyways. A loss would just be the story of the weekend. Then they'd be on to something else as soon as Monday comes around.

I don' think fox will ride him too hard on it.

There's no time that they are NOT criticizing him.

Hence - no significant negatives (nothing that wouldn't have happened anyways by going wouldn't have also happened by staying away)

CHItown '16

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