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  • IOC PRESIDENT SAMARANCH WINS BATTLE TO EXTEND AGE LIMITS

         In a "dramatic reversal," the IOC voted to extend the age
    limit for members from 75 to 80, "reviving" IOC President Juan
    Antonio Samaranch's campaign to remain in power into the next
    century, according to Melissa Turner of the ATLANTA CONSTITUTION.
    Three days earlier, the IOC had voted against abolishing age
    limits all together, but after "a late night petition drive"
    gathered the 70 votes needed for another vote, which this time
    would not be by secret ballot.  The compromise measure won by a
    76 to 10 margin. Samaranch said he would "announce his
    intentions" at the end of '96 (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 6/19).
    

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  • IOC PRESIDENT SAMARANCH WINS BATTLE TO EXTEND AGE LIMITS

         In a "dramatic reversal," the IOC voted to extend the age
    limit for members from 75 to 80, "reviving" IOC President Juan
    Antonio Samaranch's campaign to remain in power into the next
    century, according to Melissa Turner of the ATLANTA CONSTITUTION.
    Three days earlier, the IOC had voted against abolishing age
    limits all together, but after "a late night petition drive"
    gathered the 70 votes needed for another vote, which this time
    would not be by secret ballot.  The compromise measure won by a
    76 to 10 margin. Samaranch said he would "announce his
    intentions" at the end of '96 (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 6/19).
    

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  • IT'S ALL OVER BUT THE PAGEANTRY: SALT LAKE GETS 2002 BID

         An estimated 40-50,000 turned out for Salt Lake City's
    "Party of the Century" to celebrate the city earning the bid from
    the IOC for the 2002 Winter Oltympic Games, according to Jay
    Baltezore in the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE.  The event cost the Salt Lake
    Area Chamber of Commerce about $175,000 (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE,
    6/19).  A report in the WALL STREET JOURNAL notes the city won on
    the strength of its "well-developed facilities" (WALL STREET
    JOURNAL, 6/19).  Salt Lake Bid Committee President Tom Welch:
    "Becoming an Olympic city is a process, not an event, and over
    time we developed credibility through the commitments that we
    made.  Our taxpayers not only voted that they wanted to pursue
    the Olympics, but they were willing to make an investment in
    winter sports facilities, and today we have completed or under
    construction seven of the eight facilities that we will need for
    the games" ("Today," NBC, 6/19).
         THE VOTE:  Salt Lake received an "overwhelming" 54 votes on
    the first ballot to secure the 2002 bid.  It marked the first
    time in 30 years that an Olympic vote involving more than two
    cities was settled in the first round (AP/SALT LAKE TRIBUNE,
    6/18).  Welch on ABC's "Good Morning Sunday":  "There is not a
    city in the world that is more ideal for hosting the games than
    in Salt Lake" (ABC, 6/18).  Frank Joklik, Salt Lake Committee
    Chair:  "The people of Utah now have a once-in-a-lifetime
    opportunity to distinguish themselves, through the Olympics, in a
    manner that can win them the admiration of the world" (Salt Lake
    Bid Committee).  USOC President LeRoy Walker:  "No city prepared
    more completely than Salt Lake City, no bid was more thorough and
    detailed, and at all times, the athletes of the world were the
    principal focal point of the effort" (USOC).
         QUEBEC ASKS "PORUQUOI PAS"?  In Toronto, George Gross
    reports that many incorrectly blame Canadian IOC member Dick
    Pound for Quebec's "disastrous last place finish."  But Canadian
    IOC Member Carol Anne Letheren said:  "There's something about
    Tom Welch ... He and his countrymen know how to deal in the one-
    on-one situations.  We don't know how to do it and we haven't
    found out how they're doing it" (TORONTO SUN, 6/18).  Gross also
    reports that Quebec City has not decided whether to bid again
    (TORONTO SUN, 6/17).
    

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  • IT'S ALL OVER BUT THE PAGEANTRY: SALT LAKE GETS 2002 BID

         An estimated 40-50,000 turned out for Salt Lake City's
    "Party of the Century" to celebrate the city earning the bid from
    the IOC for the 2002 Winter Oltympic Games, according to Jay
    Baltezore in the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE.  The event cost the Salt Lake
    Area Chamber of Commerce about $175,000 (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE,
    6/19).  A report in the WALL STREET JOURNAL notes the city won on
    the strength of its "well-developed facilities" (WALL STREET
    JOURNAL, 6/19).  Salt Lake Bid Committee President Tom Welch:
    "Becoming an Olympic city is a process, not an event, and over
    time we developed credibility through the commitments that we
    made.  Our taxpayers not only voted that they wanted to pursue
    the Olympics, but they were willing to make an investment in
    winter sports facilities, and today we have completed or under
    construction seven of the eight facilities that we will need for
    the games" ("Today," NBC, 6/19).
         THE VOTE:  Salt Lake received an "overwhelming" 54 votes on
    the first ballot to secure the 2002 bid.  It marked the first
    time in 30 years that an Olympic vote involving more than two
    cities was settled in the first round (AP/SALT LAKE TRIBUNE,
    6/18).  Welch on ABC's "Good Morning Sunday":  "There is not a
    city in the world that is more ideal for hosting the games than
    in Salt Lake" (ABC, 6/18).  Frank Joklik, Salt Lake Committee
    Chair:  "The people of Utah now have a once-in-a-lifetime
    opportunity to distinguish themselves, through the Olympics, in a
    manner that can win them the admiration of the world" (Salt Lake
    Bid Committee).  USOC President LeRoy Walker:  "No city prepared
    more completely than Salt Lake City, no bid was more thorough and
    detailed, and at all times, the athletes of the world were the
    principal focal point of the effort" (USOC).
         QUEBEC ASKS "PORUQUOI PAS"?  In Toronto, George Gross
    reports that many incorrectly blame Canadian IOC member Dick
    Pound for Quebec's "disastrous last place finish."  But Canadian
    IOC Member Carol Anne Letheren said:  "There's something about
    Tom Welch ... He and his countrymen know how to deal in the one-
    on-one situations.  We don't know how to do it and we haven't
    found out how they're doing it" (TORONTO SUN, 6/18).  Gross also
    reports that Quebec City has not decided whether to bid again
    (TORONTO SUN, 6/17).
    

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  • SALT LAKE 2002: ATTENTION TURNS TO FINANCING, TV DEALS

         "A lot has to happen financially ... to pull off the nearly
    $800 million 2002 Winter Games," writes John Keahey in Sunday's
    SALT LAKE TRIBUNE.  UT taxpayers have already invested $59M for
    venues.  But funds to be raised primarily through the sale of
    sponsorships and TV revenues will ensure that taxpayers are "paid
    back" for all that went into the bid and to create an operating
    fund so that "no additional tax dollars, beyond what cities
    decide to spend on their own, will be used."  The Salt Lake Bid
    Committee signed an Atlanta-style joint marketing agreement with
    the USOC in May which was approved by the IOC last week.  The
    deal requires the two to "jointly sell sponsorships," and
    requires 70% of the first $391M raised to go to Salt Lake City,
    with the rest to the USOC.  Additional money will be spilt 50-50.
    The marketing period for the Salt Lake Games will begin after the
    '98 Nagano Games at which time it is expected Salt Lake City
    "will negotiate a similar deal with the IOC."  However, USOC
    Interim Exec Dir John Krimsky hopes to start marketing efforts
    earlier.  Krimsky:  "Tom [Welch] and I are hopeful that both
    Nagano and the IOC will permit marketing of the 2002 Games much
    earlier" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 6/18).  Christopher Clarey of the
    N.Y. Times notes Salt Lake will try to "capitalize" on the
    marketing momentum created by the '96 Atlanta Games, and,
    according to Welch, some sponsors are "already lined up" (N.Y.
    TIMES, 6/18).  John Powers of the BOSTON GLOBE reports the USOC
    hopes to "reap" $100M from having the 2002 Games in the U.S.
    (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/18).  In  Atlanta, Melissa Turner writes that
    through 2002, Salt Lake City stands to make $1.4B, including
    $108M in state and local sales-tax revenue (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION,
    6/17).
         WHAT ABOUT TV?  In Salt Lake, Mike Carter reports that NBC
    Sports President Dick Ebersol said that the rights for Salt Lake
    "will certainly be on the order" of the $375M that CBS paid for
    Nagano.  The Salt Lake Bid Committee has budgeted $313M for the
    rights which will be awarded 18 months to two years from now.
    That figure is nearly 40% of Salt Lake's overall $798M budget.
    Carter also notes the fact that the Winter Games are going to be
    "on American soil" for the first time in 22 years, which should
    excite sponsors.  Ebersol:  "There is always more interest by the
    McDonald's, the Cokes and the Budweisers when things are
    happening at home" (AP/SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 6/17).
         EVERYONE HAPPY AT HOME?  In Salt Lake, Jim Woolf writes that
    Olympic boosters have "defused" much of the concern from
    environmentalists by promising to stay out of Big and Little
    Cottonwood canyons east of Salt Lake City.  But Wasatch
    environmentalist Ann Wechsler said fears that this promise would
    be broken led her group to oppose the Olympics (SALT LAKE
    TRIBUNE, 6/18).  UT Sierra Club head Rudy Lukez:  "We're not
    excited about it.  But now that it's coming, it's time to figure
    out how to make the best of it" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 6/17).  ABC's
    Bill Redeker reported Friday from Park City, UT, (just outside of
    Salt Lake) where many residents are not enthusiastic ("World News
    Tonight," 6/16).
    

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  • SALT LAKE 2002: ATTENTION TURNS TO FINANCING, TV DEALS

         "A lot has to happen financially ... to pull off the nearly
    $800 million 2002 Winter Games," writes John Keahey in Sunday's
    SALT LAKE TRIBUNE.  UT taxpayers have already invested $59M for
    venues.  But funds to be raised primarily through the sale of
    sponsorships and TV revenues will ensure that taxpayers are "paid
    back" for all that went into the bid and to create an operating
    fund so that "no additional tax dollars, beyond what cities
    decide to spend on their own, will be used."  The Salt Lake Bid
    Committee signed an Atlanta-style joint marketing agreement with
    the USOC in May which was approved by the IOC last week.  The
    deal requires the two to "jointly sell sponsorships," and
    requires 70% of the first $391M raised to go to Salt Lake City,
    with the rest to the USOC.  Additional money will be spilt 50-50.
    The marketing period for the Salt Lake Games will begin after the
    '98 Nagano Games at which time it is expected Salt Lake City
    "will negotiate a similar deal with the IOC."  However, USOC
    Interim Exec Dir John Krimsky hopes to start marketing efforts
    earlier.  Krimsky:  "Tom [Welch] and I are hopeful that both
    Nagano and the IOC will permit marketing of the 2002 Games much
    earlier" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 6/18).  Christopher Clarey of the
    N.Y. Times notes Salt Lake will try to "capitalize" on the
    marketing momentum created by the '96 Atlanta Games, and,
    according to Welch, some sponsors are "already lined up" (N.Y.
    TIMES, 6/18).  John Powers of the BOSTON GLOBE reports the USOC
    hopes to "reap" $100M from having the 2002 Games in the U.S.
    (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/18).  In  Atlanta, Melissa Turner writes that
    through 2002, Salt Lake City stands to make $1.4B, including
    $108M in state and local sales-tax revenue (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION,
    6/17).
         WHAT ABOUT TV?  In Salt Lake, Mike Carter reports that NBC
    Sports President Dick Ebersol said that the rights for Salt Lake
    "will certainly be on the order" of the $375M that CBS paid for
    Nagano.  The Salt Lake Bid Committee has budgeted $313M for the
    rights which will be awarded 18 months to two years from now.
    That figure is nearly 40% of Salt Lake's overall $798M budget.
    Carter also notes the fact that the Winter Games are going to be
    "on American soil" for the first time in 22 years, which should
    excite sponsors.  Ebersol:  "There is always more interest by the
    McDonald's, the Cokes and the Budweisers when things are
    happening at home" (AP/SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 6/17).
         EVERYONE HAPPY AT HOME?  In Salt Lake, Jim Woolf writes that
    Olympic boosters have "defused" much of the concern from
    environmentalists by promising to stay out of Big and Little
    Cottonwood canyons east of Salt Lake City.  But Wasatch
    environmentalist Ann Wechsler said fears that this promise would
    be broken led her group to oppose the Olympics (SALT LAKE
    TRIBUNE, 6/18).  UT Sierra Club head Rudy Lukez:  "We're not
    excited about it.  But now that it's coming, it's time to figure
    out how to make the best of it" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 6/17).  ABC's
    Bill Redeker reported Friday from Park City, UT, (just outside of
    Salt Lake) where many residents are not enthusiastic ("World News
    Tonight," 6/16).
    

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