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COULD WASHINGTON & BALTIMORE SEPARATE OLYMPIC BIDS?
Published April 23, 1998
The efforts to unite Washington and Baltimore in a bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics "has become bogged down by disputes over finances and future control" of the event, "threatening a cooperative campaign that most participants believe is the region's best chance to host the Games," according to Scott Wilson of the WASHINGTON POST. Members of the Greater Washington Exploratory Committee "are angry about plans by a group of prominent business leaders to charge $500,000 for membership in a regional board of directors that would supervise all aspects of the global event. Washington committee members also want the proposed regional organization to pay off several hundred thousand dollars of debt they have amassed over the past year lobbying for the Games." Washington's committee members will meet today with business leaders "hoping to remove all obstacles to a single 'capital region' bid." Wilson adds that if negotiations fail, the two cities "would end up competing against each other" (WASHINGTON POST, 4/23). NOTE: The IOC is restraining the way the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, can be covered on the Internet, according to a report in USA TODAY. The use of live moving images will be banned to protect broadcasters who have paid for TV rights. Olympic Internet sites received 600 million hits during the '98 Nagano Winter Games, up from 200 million during the '96 Atlanta Summer Games (USA TODAY, 4/23).