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  • ACOG SUED BY STADIUM DESIGNERS

         Olympic stadium designers filed a $4M lawsuit Wednesday
    against ACOG, claiming they spent 47,600 unpaid overtime hours
    drawing the "ever-changing" facility, according to the ATLANTA
    CONSTITUTION.  The suit, the first by a major ACOG contractor,
    portrays designers as laboring under "chaotic conditions" and
    alleges organizers "know they will have no assets left to
    compensate" them after the Games.  The design team is made up of
    four firms:  Ellerbe Becket, Heery International, Rosser
    International, and Williams, Russell & Johnson (Michelle Hiskey,
    ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 3/14).
    

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  • COCA-COLA RELEASES PLANS FOR OLYMPIC CITY

         Coca-Cola unveiled its plans for its Olympic-City theme park
    in Atlanta, including interactive games allowing fans to compete
    against U.S. stars including Grant Hill and Shannon Miller.  The
    park, scheduled to open May 23, will also include video screens
    showing Olympic highlights.  In addition, members of U.S. and
    other Olympic teams will make appearances throughout the Games.
    Coke expects more than 800,000 visitors.  With construction
    costing $20M, officials said it would be "difficult" to say
    whether they would break even (Chris Roush, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION,
    3/14).
    

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  • OLYMPIC NOTES

         A survey by Georgia State Univ. shows, while 300,000 Atlanta
    residents are willing to rent their homes, only about 10,000 will
    find takers (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 3/13). ....Seats are still
    available for 143 sessions in 10 Olympic sports, but events such
    as swimming, diving, gymnastics, boxing, men's basketball, and
    track are sold out (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 3/12)...."Jeopardy!"
    and "Wheel of Fortune" are profiled for their role as ACOG
    sponsors (ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, 3/18 issue)....Delta is offering
    discounted tickets during the Games to entice customers to leave
    the Atlanta area ("NBC Nightly News," 3/13)....The National
    Weather Service is predicting "hotter-than-normal" temperatures
    in Atlanta in July (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 3/12).
    

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  • S.I. OBJECTIONS STOP POTENTIAL ACOG DEAL WITH VANITY FAIR

         ACOG has called off talks with Conde Nast's Vanity Fair on a
    possible affiliation with the magazine after officials from
    Sports Illustrated objected, according to AD AGE.  Keith Kelly
    reports Vanity Fair's May issue will still feature Olympic
    photography by Annie Leibovitz, but with no official connection.
    Officials at SI were apparently "rankled" when Vanity Fair
    Publisher Mitch Fox sent a letter to potential advertisers
    claiming the May issue was "officially sanctioned."  Time Inc.
    paid $40M for SI to be Official Publication of the Games
    (ADVERTISING AGE, 3/11).
    

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  • SONY LOOKS TO DIAL UP OLYMPIC "AMBUSH" WITH PHONE CARD DEAL

         Sony Corp. is running its "Summer Games 5-Minute Phone Card"
    promo from July through September, according to BRANDWEEK.  This
    "Olympic ambush" will offer a series of phone cards featuring
    former U.S. Olympic champs on packages of blank floppy disks,
    cassette and video tapes, and Walkman batteries.  The promo will
    carry a $10 "bounce-back offer" of 30 minutes of domestic long
    distance and is intended to "undercut" Panasonic's official
    Olympic sponsorship.  There will be 20 Sony-branded phone cards,
    supplied by Patco, featuring photos of such Olympic athletes as
    Matt Biondi, Frank Shorter, Julianne MacNamara, Bruce Jenner, and
    Karch Kiraly (Steve Gelsi, BRANDWEEK, 3/11).
    

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