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Published March 16, 2011
CORPORATE PRICES TOO HIGH? The BBC's Adrian Warner wrote Olympic tickets for corporate hospitality "will be the most expensive ever" -- around US$434,500 for a package that includes the Opening Ceremony. Officials from "20 top companies which usually entertain clients at sports events" indicated that the prices of the packages are "too high and that they are not flexible enough" (BBC.co.uk, 3/15).
TIME STANDS STILL: In London, Rob Hastings reports the Olympic countdown clock "broke down yesterday, hours after a TV comedy about the build-up to the Games had depicted a similar debacle." The digital clock in London's Trafalgar Square was "started in a whirl of flashing lights and fireworks on Monday night" by Coe to mark 500 days until the Games begin. Despite the "modern design of the real clock, made by Omega, it ground to a halt after less than 18 hours -- 500 days, seven hours, six minutes and 56 seconds before the start" of the Games. Six hours after the company's engineers "arrived to fix it last night, the clock was back up and running, having been adjusted to compensate for the mishap" (LONDON INDEPENDENT, 3/16).