The Boston Olympic Committee, a local group trying to bring
a Summer Games to the city, is having difficulty raising money,
according to Joan Vennochi of the BOSTON GLOBE.  Funds are so
scarce the group is "talking to the Massachusetts Sports
Partnership about a bailout."  BOC Chair Steve Freyer said the
group is doing fine, and isn't looking for a merger but for a
"way to be related without being married."  Other sources say the
Committee is not "financially sound" and owes one consultant up
to $50,000 for back work.  Vennochi writes that the BOC and MA
Sports Partnership will only work with "the blessing" of John
Hancock Mutual Life Insurnace -- a member of the Partnership and
a backer of amateur sports in the state who "very publicly
expressed the view that going after the Olympics was a waste of
time and money" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/4).
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