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  • IOC SAYS IT WILL EXPAND PROBE; MORE ALLEGATIONS SURFACE

              The IOC will expand its investigation of the Salt Lake
         City bribery scandal to include other cities, according to
         William Drozdiak in a front-page report in the WASHINGTON
         POST.  IOC Dir General Francois Carrard said that a six-
         member IOC investigating committee is now "gathering facts
         worldwide" (WASHINGTON POST, 1/19).  Meanwhile, more charges
         and allegations continued to mount against the Games: 
              In Toronto, James Christie reports that IOC President
         Juan Antonio Samaranch "knew of and approved" an arrangement
         by which the husband of a Finnish IOC member received a job
         in Canada and had his housing paid for while Toronto was
         bidding for the '96 Games (GLOBE & MAIL, 1/19)....The
         Toronto GLOBE & MAIL and WALL STREET JOURNAL both report on
         the contract awarded by the SLOC to Spanish TV exec Manolo
         Romero.  Romero, who won the bid to be the 2002 Games' host
         broadcaster despite an offer that was charging "roughly"
         $20M more than other bidders, has "close ties" to the IOC
         (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 1/19)....Stephanie Pate, the former
         secretary to former SLOC President Tom Welch, has been
         subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury.  She is
         "not believed" to be a target of the investigation.  Pate
         now works for US West as a liaison to the SLOC (WASHINGTON
         POST, 1/19)....Federal investigators have begun formal
         inquiries into escort services in the Salt Lake City area,
         which could "culminate with a review of charge-card records
         and business files" at the SLOC (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 1/16).
              SAMARANCH BACKS SALT LAKE: Samaranch "hinted" the IOC
         may help Salt Lake City organizers make-up any financial
         shortfall resulting from the bribery scandal: "It depends on
         what help Salt Lake City wants.  We will find a solution. We
         continue to support the Games of Salt Lake City.  For me
         there is no alternative" (AP, 1/18).  Anti-Olympics
         activists "vowed" to gather petition signatures for a ballot
         initiative in 2000 on the future of the Games in Salt Lake
         unless lawmakers call a "special election" this spring.  But
         state legislators said they "are not ready to order a public
         vote on the Olympics" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 1/19).  Meanwhile,
         the SLOC has made the following "structural changes" to keep
         the preparations "on track."  Among some moves: MARY GADDIE
         was promoted to Managing Dir of Games Presentations; CFO
         MARK TANNER will oversee Games Marketing;  Senior
         VP/Communications SHELLY THOMAS will oversee Games
         Presentations & Ceremonies (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 1/16).
              
    

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  • THE WEST IS THE BEST! COMPANY MAKES OLYMPIC PAYMENT

              US West officials "decided Friday to deliver" a $5M
         sponsorship payment that they delayed while investigations
         were proceeding into SLOC bribery charges, according to
         Bruce Finley of the DENVER POST.  US West President Sol
         Trujillo: "We are pleased with the decisive actions of Utah
         Governor Mike Leavitt and the Salt Lake Organizing Committee
         to restore the integrity of the Winter Games."  Meanwhile,
         IOC Marketing Dir Michael Payne said the Games' corporate
         sponsors "have been absolutely 100 percent behind the
         Olympic movement."  Payne, who met with sponsors last week,
         called them, "Fully committed.  ... They understand the
         steps we are taking to address the problems.  They are
         pleased with the speed" (DENVER POST, 1/16).
              A-B "QUIETLY" MAKES OLYMPIC PACT: The SPORTSBUSINESS
         JOURNAL's Langdon Brockinton reports that A-B has "completed
         an Olympics ad deal with NBC."  Tony Ponturo, A-B
         VP/Corporate Media & Sports Marketing: "We quietly did that
         within the last couple of months" (SBJ, 1/18 issue).
    
    

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