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GOODWILL GOES DOWN UNDER IN 2001; TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE
Published July 20, 1998
Ted Turner announced that Brisbane, Australia will be the site of the 2001 Goodwill Games, to be held one year after the 2000 Summer Olympics, according to Karen Rosen of the ATLANTA CONSTITUTION. Brisbane was chosen over finalist Guangzhou, China and is the first host city of the Games to be outside the U.S. and Russia. The Games will squeeze its "next timetable to three years so that it will no longer compete for attention and sponsorship dollars" with the Olympics and World Cup. After 2001, the Games will be held every four years. The dates have not been finalized, but the event will "probably" take place sometime in September or October of 2001 (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 7/19). HIS BABY: Turner, during the Goodwill Games Opening Gala on Saturday night: "Hello, world. Hello, New York. Hello, United States. This is pretty terrific. These Games are going to be televised in over 150 countries around the world, and we send our greetings to every one of them. You know these Games are dedicated to kids" (TBS, 7/18). MORE FROM THE MOUTH: Turner joined with VP Al Gore in celebrating the opening on Saturday. On reports that the Games will lose $30M in '98, he said, "I don't know why we in the press -- and I'm in it, too -- why we want to hang onto some little scrap of bad news and beat it to death? You know, $30 million, $40 million, why, one NFL game that lasts two or three hours on ESPN costs more than that. It just isn't that much money" (NEWSDAY, 7/19). More Turner: "This is going to be a big franchise. You see where (IOC member) Dick Pound doesn't like us. He said we were just a made-for-TV Olympics. Imagine that. He must think we're competition. Isn't that what life's all about, competition?" (ATL. CONSTITUTION, 7/20). Turner said that ticket sales have hit 300,000, and that the Games have sold 100,000 "in the last couple of days." Turner: "Half the tickets have been sold, which is just, I think, incredible for a onetime event like this" (PHILA. DAILY NEWS, 7/20). NOT THE BEST SITE? In Philadelphia, John Smallwood writes under the header, "Manhattan No Place For Goodwill." He states that New Yorkers see the event as "just a scaled- down version of the Olympics. And second-rate just doesn't fly in New York." He notes yesterday's USA-Puerto Rico men's basketball game at MSG "was generously" announced at more than 8,000, which "would be considered a bad" gate for the WNBA's Liberty (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 7/20). SMOOTH DAY ONE: Games organizers said that the first day of the event "went surprisingly smoothly, without any traffic problems on the nearby roads and with enough parking for all" (NEWSDAY, 7/20)...."Extra" reporter Maureen O'Boyle will file a daily report from the Games (THE DAILY).