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Chicago 2016 Reaches Joint Marketing Agreement With USOC
Published September 2, 2009
REPORT CARD: In Chicago, Hersh & Heinzmann report the 98-page IOC report "noted several problems" with Chicago 2016's bid, but the committee "also had concerns" about the other potential host cities -- Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo. While saying all four cities could "organize the 2016 Olympic Games," the report pointed out "several flaws in the Chicago bid that could increase what the report called the 'risks ... inherent to each project.'" However, at least two of the issues cited in the report, including the lack of a joint marketing agreement, "have been resolved since the evaluation commission's visit" in April (CHICAGOBREAKINGNEWS.com, 9/2). Also in Chicago, Lisa Donovan notes the report "is meant to aid in the IOC's decision-making." But experts have "repeatedly said this isn't always the sole criterion used to cast a vote and that, like anything else, politics plays a role" (SUNTIMES.com, 9/2).