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REFUND! REFUND! EBU, OTHERS WANT RIGHTS REBATE ON GAMES
Published July 23, 1996
The European Broadcasting Union said yesterday it wants a refund of some of the $250M it paid for rights to the Atlanta Games. In a letter to IOC, EBU cited working conditions "so bad that its members could not deliver acceptable programs to viewers and listeners." The EBU is the largest media rightsholder after NBC and any refunds "would be a severe financial setback" for ACOG (Richard Walters, FINANCIAL TIMES, 7/23). The EBU's Jarle Hoeysaeter said broadcasters arriving at some events "looked for competitors names and found blank papers instead." The results system listed the age of one fighter at 95, when the boxer was only 21 (Johnson & Brown, USA TODAY, 7/23).