Quote of the Day

It hurts, it stings, and I don’t think the city is going to get over it for quite some time.

-- FanHouse.com’s Jay Mariotti, on Chicago failing in its bid to host the ’16 Games (“SportsCenter,” ESPN, 10/2).

Friday October 2, 2009 Vol. 16 — No. 15 Print This Issue

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  • Welcome To Rio!

     

    The collective gasp in the U.S. was the sound after the Chicago bid for the ‘16 Games was surprisingly eliminated in the first round of the IOC vote. With Rio de Janeiro winning the right to host the Games, the victory gives South America its first ever Olympic Games and offers the IOC a chance to expose an entire continent to the Olympic ideals. It also proves that the IOC is confident that Brazil can not only execute the ‘14 FIFA World Cup and ‘16 Olympics, but can keep the marketplace uncluttered enough for sponsors to derive value from associating with the ‘16 Olympics. But the vote leaves Chicago and the U.S. Olympic movement searching for answers following the devastating defeat. Chicago's first-round exit shocked U.S. Olympic insiders who considered it the best bid in the nation's history. Many took it as a sign that anti-American sentiment is still strong internationally, especially within the ranks of the IOC. The IOC’s decision also creates a new challenge for the USOC, which has been plagued by leadership turmoil and considerable economic pressure over the last year.

  • Tale Of Two Cities
    Mets contend the economy, and not their 90-plus losses, was impetus behind dropping ticket prices; Dodgers freeze season tickets again.

    Coming & Going
    Samsung drops title sponsorship of San Diego LPGA event; the tour hopes to have a new commissioner by the end of the month.

    We've Only Just Begun   
    Nike's quick and loud denial of Vick deal indicates No. 7 still needs to rebuild reputation.

    Changes To The Menu
    Levy, Atlanta-based company ink deal to operate general concessions at Philips Arena.

    If At First You Don't Succeed ...
    Hudson's Bay offers simple design for Canada's Vancouver Games apparel after Beijing criticism.

    Real Men Wear Pink 
    Several NFL players and teams are going pink this weekend to promote breast cancer awareness.

    30 Years' War
    Bill Simmons continues to up the ante on ESPN's new documentaries by criticizing HBO’s efforts, calling them "really predictable."

    Oh Yes It's Ladies Night
    ESPN launching Web site for girls' high school sports, a chance at elusive demo for advertisers.

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