ROCOG Hints At Sabotage By Village Workers HBO's 'Real Sports' Looks At IOC ROCOG Admits To Rushing Village Completion Rio Expected To Run 43% Over Budget 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
WARNING: DON'T PUT AN "A" IN ATLANTA OR AN "O" IN OLYMPIC!
Published March 22, 1995
ACOG's hardline stance against Atlanta companies or individuals who infringe on Olympic trademarks is the focus of a piece in today's WALL STREET JOURNAL. Besides chasing "ambush marketers," ACOG is "targeting more unwitting violators: Greek restaurants, T-shirt designers, travel agents, ecology groups -- even churches and newspapers." They are also "staking claims to a wide range" of slogans and images -- including "Support The Dream," and "USA '96." John Bevilaqua, an Atlanta sports marketing consultant and former member of the L.A. Olympic Committee: "They're being much more aggressive than any (Olympics) group I've ever seen. Maybe even to the point of stepping over that thin line." ACOG Dir/Marketing Communications Darby Coker said the aggressive action doesn't make for "the best PR," but that rights to the Games "are the most important way we have of raising funds" (Robert Frank, WALL STREET JOURNAL, 3/22).