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BIG USOC BUDGET CUTS COMING; AND OTHER NASHVILLE NOTES
Published November 14, 1994
In Dallas, Mark McDonald writes, USOC President LeRoy Walker "has compared the USOC to 'a small Fortune 500 company that happens to be in the business of sports.' And Walker is presiding over what is likely to be a significant downsizing of the USOC." Walker, who has been examining budget recommendations at the U.S. Olympic Congress in Nashville this weekend: "Everything's on the table (to be cut)." The USOC's participation in future World University Games is said to be "in trouble," and Walker even floated the idea that the U.S. might not send full teams to other major events if the U.S. athletes would not be competitive (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 11/13). Anita DeFrantz, one of the U.S.'s IOC members, said the size of U.S. Olympic teams must not be affected by budget cutting. DeFrantz suggested charging for time at Olympic training centers, federal and state tax checkoffs and funding from pro sports as alternative ways to trim budgets (AP, 11/12). THE NASHVILLE RUMOR CIRCUIT: As for the USOC's Exec Dir position that Harvey Schiller vacated for the presidency of Turner Sports, "the job appears to be fund-raiser John Krimsky's for the taking or leaving." Other names being floated: SWC Commissioner Steve Hatchell, USA Gymnastics chief Sandy Knapp and soon-to-be former Governors Ann Richards and Mario Cuomo (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 11/13). In New York, Jere Longman profiles Krimsky: "The very same toughness that serves Krimsky well in deal-making may make him unsuitable as executive director" (N.Y. TIMES, 11/13). Walker on Krimsky: "We're going to get this done with all deliberate speed. But we're going to do it right. One thing that is a priority is getting Krimsky out of the dual-role situation and into either one or the other. And the sooner the better" (Bob Ford, PHILA. INQUIRER, 11/14).