Olympic Marketing Blackout Period Starts Today ROCOG Admits To Rushing Village Completion Rio Expected To Run 43% Over Budget Emmanuel Seuge Set To Depart Coca-Cola Athletes Village Yet To Pass Safety Tests Russia Reportedly Offered Deal To IOC IOC Criticized For Allowing Russia To Field Team Australians Unhappy With Olympic Village USA Gymnastics Agrees To Buy Karolyi Ranch Editorials Call For Complete Russian Oly Ban
Published October 31, 1994
Ollan Cassell, exec director of USA Track, welcomed the idea that revenues "accrued from track and field at the '96 Games be funneled back into the US program." Cassell: "I would think right now the place we most need (help) is in promotion and marketing of the sport" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 10/29)....Bert Roughton, Jr. writes that "Atlanta could well host the Last American Olympics," saying the IOC will try to "spice things up by going to either China or South Africa" "Both offer wonderful marketing opportunities: particulary China, where half the planet's population stands ready to become faitful vessels for Coke and McDonalds" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 10/29)....The Georgia Soccer Booster Club is pushing its guarantee of Olympic soccer tickets. Members of the Club will have the opportunity ot purchase tickets to the semi-finals and medal rounds before they are made avaiable to the general public (ACOG).