IOC Criticized For Allowing Russia To Field Team Australians Unhappy With Olympic Village USA Gymnastics Agrees To Buy Karolyi Ranch Editorials Call For Complete Russian Oly Ban Tennis Players Drop From Games Citing Zika Russia Expects Rio Decision By Sunday Nissan Creates Rio Games Face-Painting App Brazil Revising Olympics Security Measures Top Tennis Players Still Committed To Rio Wintrust Goes With Chicago-Area Olympic Campaign
Published May 29, 1996
ACOG CEO Billy Payne underwent surgery to replace a herniated disc at the base of his neck with a piece of his pelvic bone. Payne, who apparently ruptured the disc when reaching around quickly to pick something up, will take several days to recuperate from the three and a half-hour surgery (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 5/28)....Nissan will spend upwards of $175M on network spending for the upcoming season, including an estimated $10M Olympic media buy in order to create an image of "a mainstream sedan company matured beyond its once-sporty image" (BRANDWEEK, 5/27).... Bob Garfield of AD AGE writes, "on a scale of 1 to 11," the Olympic-themed ad for IBM featuring the fictional band Spinal Tap, "is pretty bloody disappointing" (AD AGE, 5/28). ....ACOG and Hanes will host a grand opening during June and July at which more than 70,000 Games staff members will pick up their uniforms and accreditation badges during scheduled appointments (ACOG)....Officials of the '98 Nagano Olympic Games expect 1.2 million visitors during the 16-day Winter Games (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 5/28)....Chuck Rohe, of Florida Citrus Sports, says a "two-week blitz" of advertising is planned in June for the nine Olympic soccer games in Orlando (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 5/28).