With its new guidelines, the USOC "might have made it
     more difficult" for cities bidding for the 2012 Summer Games
     and "easier for Olympic officials," according to Abby Haight
     of the Portland OREGONIAN.  Under new requirements, cities
     must form a formal bid committee by the end of June and sign
     on to the USOC bid agreement by September 30.  The agreement
     restricts the bid committee from marketing or signing up
     sponsors without USOC approval (OREGONIAN, 4/5).  A "tougher
     second contract" that must be signed later "includes a
     promise the city, county or state government involved cover
     any deficit incurred by the games" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 4/5).
          MORE MEDALS IN 2002? The USOC Exec Committee "discussed
     proposals to spend about" $15M-$20M over the next few years
     "in programs aimed at boosting the country's medal count at
     the 2002 Winter Games."  Planned programs include earlier
     support for winter sport athletes, and help in training at
     the Salt Lake City sport sites to develop a "home field"
     familiarity (Abby Haight, Portland OREGONIAN, 4/4). 
          NOTES: The USOC Board of Directors put the U.S. Soccer
     Federation (USSF) on 180 days probation for failing to
     redraw its charter and constitution, putting the
     organization "on the brink of ouster" from the U.S. Olympic
     family.  If the USSF "fails to comply with USOC rules and
     regulations" over the next 180 days, it would be removed as
     the sport's NGB (Mike Spence, CO Springs GAZETTE, 4/6).
     ...The USOC approved a revised four-year budget of $428M for
     the organization.  USOC Treasurer James Morris said that
     "there was originally a projected surplus" of $5M at the end
     of '97, but the USOC ended up with a $20M surplus, which
     will allow it to delay having to borrow money....The USOC
     approved the addition of the USA Rugby Football Union as an
     affiliated sport organization member (USOC).  

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