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Published February 7, 1996
Cowboys RB Emmitt Smith launched a campaign to make football as an Olympic sport. Smith says he is serious, but, according to Al Levine in this morning's ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, "the announcement seems suspiciously like a marketing campaign" as Smith's remarks came at Reebok's Super Show booth. Smith urged other countries to get their programs "in gear right away." The IOC requires a sport be played by 75 countries on four continents before making Olympic-status. Smith: "I don't think it will happen in 1996, but I hope to have it happen before 2000" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 2/7). CNN's Fred Hickman: "Good idea, nice thought, don't think it's going to happen." CNN Co-anchor Nick Charles: "Good idea? Are you kidding? Bad idea. Just stick to winning Super Bowls" ("Sports Tonight," 2/6).