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  • USA Bid Committee Cuts Prospective World Cup Host Cities To 27

    32 U.S. Stadiums Remain Under Consideration
    As Hosts If U.S. Wins '18 Or '22 World Cup Bid
    The USA Bid Committee for the '18 or '22 FIFA World Cup today narrowed the list of potential host cities to 27 from 38. The elimination of 11 cities followed a request for proposal process in mid-July. The RFPs covered everything from tourism and security to transportation and promotion issues in the cities. A total of 32 stadiums remain under consideration as hosts should the U.S. be granted either of the events. The facilities can accommodate an average of 74,000 spectators. The U.S. is bidding for the World Cup against Australia, England, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico and Russia, as well as joint bids by the Netherlands and Belgium, and Portugal and Spain. Qatar and South Korea have bid to host the '22 tournament. FIFA will name the hosts of both the '18 and '22 World Cups in December '10.

    TO RUSSIA, WITH LOVE: Helios Partners today announced that it has been hired to lead Russia's bid to be selected as host of the '18 or '22 World Cup. The Atlanta-based consultancy will develop Russia's bid book and manage the brand and technical development of the country's bid. Helios also worked with Sochi in its successful bid to host the '14 Winter Games.

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  • Some Tennis Players Unsure About Proposed Changes To Rogers Cup

    Safina Thinks Tennis Canada Would Be Better
    Served Keeping Rogers Cup Format As Is
    While some players "liked the sound" of Tennis Canada's idea for changing the Rogers Cup in '11, "not all of them were sold" on the plan, according to Kevin McGran of the TORONTO STAR. The proposed change would have "half the men's draw and half the women's draw play in Toronto, while the other half plays in Montreal." Tennis player Elena Dementieva joked, "And face each other (in the final) in Moscow?" Dementieva said the idea "sounds like fun," but added, "I don't think it's real. It would be too difficult, too complicated." Tennis player Dinara Safina said it is "better they keep it like it is now, because it's going to be a completely different final" if they change the format (TORONTO STAR, 8/20). Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Chair & CEO Stacey Allaster: "You look at our Grand Slams, you look at our top events like the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, the BNP Paribas in Indian Wells -- those are combined platforms. How do we do that in Canada? Because this is a winning equation financially for Tennis Canada: a men's event in Montreal, a women's event in Toronto, and then we flip. We have two centre courts, two markets. It's perfect." But Maria Sharapova said of the proposal, "I think that's a bit ridiculous" (NATIONAL POST, 8/20).

    PLACE SETTINGS: ESPN.com's Greg Garber wrote under the header, "What Is Tennis' Place In America Today?" Tennis is "alive, certainly, but is it relevant?" After "crunching all kinds of numbers -- from rising participation totals to television ratings to equipment sales -- and conducting dozens of interviews with people in the game, the answer is: relatively speaking, yes." Tennis "matters more today in places like Serbia (where it is the No. 1 sport), Europe in general, and South America." In the U.S., tennis "isn't all that high on the list." Tennis broadcaster Bud Collins said, "I think we were in a slump with the game, but I see it improving." Int'l Tennis HOFer and InsideOut Sports & Entertainment Founder Jim Courier added, "From what I'm seeing, people are playing tennis again. You see more people in the streets carrying rackets and riding bikes, too. There was a time when there was a moratorium on tennis rackets in airports. I've seen more and more of that" (ESPN.com, 8/18).

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