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5 hours ago, stryker said:

The IOC is already aware of this and this is the reason they kicked Doha's 2016 bid to the curb despite the fact it ranked technically higher than the eventual winner Rio. They worried about corruption money infiltrating the vote the way it did with FIFA.

Of course they'd promise it initially after winning the vote

Yes, but that was at a time when the rest of the membership actually had a vote TBW, & the ExCo then was afraid of another SLC-type bribery scandal. The bidding process now (if that's what one could still call it these days) has significantly changed under Bach & Coates the last several years under the (great) "new-norm". So much now is done behind closed door meetings & secret deals. What we knew as a "vote" back in the traditional days of the bid campaigns no longer exist. All the decision making power now falls strictly under the ExCo. & the rest of the membership merely rubber-stamps those higher-up (BNC) decisions. So there's no worry now about buying votes, just the ExCo these days, that is.

That said, though, I don't think Saudi Arabia is getting this anyway (they'd be much more controversial than even Qatar). The irony that was done back then to push Doh-a to the wayside, looks like it's paving the way for them now, though. But my hedges are still on India anyway, regardless of what some of the naysayers have to say about them. I must admit, though, I was also one of those naysayers before, but too much has come to light recently not to take into account. There's too many other signs that have been going on with them lately that can not be so easily dismissed.

6 hours ago, stryker said:

And if NBC wants to resign the co tract for broadcasting rights any move outside of the traditional July August windows is a nonstarter.

This factor will probably start to become less of a factor going forward, at least as far as broadcast negotiations go. The way viewing consumption has changed so drastically over the last decade alone, particularly with streaming, that traditionally TV is starting to become a thing of the past. So either NBC will have to adapt (which looks like they're already starting to do with Peacock), or move aside to let someone else play here who has adapted.

4 hours ago, yoshi said:

What this means is the old decision making system involving criteria and due process now doesn't exist, and all that'll need to happen for Doha to win is for Al-Thani to call in his debt from Bach. It's why Qatar is ahead of Saudi, and why that Spanish story is still plausible until proven otherwise. 

And all Bach has to do to dismiss this story is to come out & call it "fake news" (if that's what it is) like he did with the Brisbane 2032 cancellation news. Cause the longer he stays quite about supposedly such false information, they more plausible it becomes.

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11 minutes ago, FYI said:

This factor will probably start to become less of a factor going forward, at least as far as broadcast negotiations go. The way viewing consumption has changed so drastically over the last decade alone, particularly with streaming, that traditionally TV is starting to become a thing of the past. So either NBC will have to adapt (which looks like they're already starting to do with Peacock), or move aside to let someone else play here who has adapted.

*Plus, Bach has already said that the Summer Games could be moved later into the year (hint-hint, wink-wink) to accommodate for "climate change"! :lol:

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7 hours ago, sebastien1214 said:

Saudi Arabia is still in negotiations with the United States to sign a normalization agreement with Israel (therefore recognizing the country). This is something that would have been completely unimaginable 10 years ago, but it is today; even October 7 did not kill these negotiations (simply slowed down).

Over the past 5 years, Bahrain, UAE and Morocco have signed normalization agreements with Israel. Israel is absolutely not a problem for Arab leaders today

Those normalization discussions are suspended with the Saudis are suspended until a Palestinian state is established. MBS has said so. That's a political football even Bach and co. do not want to touch. 

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