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2008 GOLD MEDAL FOOTBALL FINAL SCORE: USA 104, BELIZE 2?

     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).
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