SBD/Issue 141/Sports Media

Blog Hound: Is Chicago The Right Choice For The 2016 Games?

With the USOC selecting Chicago as the applicant city for the 2016 Summer Olympics, bloggers are discussing the city’s chances of winning the bid, its ability to host a successful Games and whether the USOC made the right choice in choosing the Windy City over L.A.

The Jolly Spectator
Posted By: Ted Pratt
“The Olympics would mean significant monies for improving things like mass transit and parks, but the real benefit for Chicago would be for its profile internationally.  Just look at what the Olympics have done for Barcelona.  The world would love Chicago as a host, but the work is just beginning.”
the texasyank
Posted By: Joe McDade
“So, Chicago, 2016. Peter Ueberroth is supposed to be in charge of all this. Doesn’t he remember that the Los Angeles Olympics, circa 1984, were the greatest in history, that those were the games that signaled the modern Olympics as we know them? Guess not.”
Fuzz Martin
Posted By: Claude
“Sure, you have O’Hare, lots of great restaurants, and even spendier hotels, but with facilities and space on the short end of the stick, the city of Chicago itself will be hard pressed to make a great case for holding such events.”
Posted By: Ryan
“Chicago’s numerous venues and plans for an 80,000 seat Olympic Stadium certainly strengthen their bid, as does their strong transportation network. There are few things as powerful as the Olympic Games. It may be nine years away but the decision will be made in just two years. Time is ticking. Chicago is on the clock.”
My Heroic Bits
Posted By: Ruster
“The emerging concept of geographical rotation favors a host city in North America or Asia. Since London will be hosting the Games in 1012 after Beijing, potential host cities in Europe such as Madrid and Rome are less likely to get the nod.”

BUILDING THE BUZZ: Sports Media Challenge’s Sports Blog Index measured the interest around Chicago being selected as the U.S. candidate for the 2016 Olympics. Click on the chart for further analysis.

  • The topic measures a 1 out of 10 on Buzz Meter, which indicated a very low level of interest.
  • Bloggers express quiet optimism about Chicago as a bid city, with most of the major sports blogs giving nothing more than a mention.
  • 2016 Olympics in Chicago Blog, created to build support for the bid, notes it “will be tough to keep momentum for the next 2.5 years.”

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