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Published August 6, 2012
AMERICAN GAMES SOON? In Baltimore, Candus Thomson notes Washington-Baltimore 2012 Regional Coalition President & CEO Dan Knise, a “key organizer of the region's unsuccessful bid” for the ‘12 Summer Games, is “gauging interest in making a run at the 2024 Games.” Knise believes "there's a little bit of a spark" in the region for another try. He said, "There have been some informal discussions with people” (Baltimore SUN, 8/6). In Phoenix, Dan Bickley asks, “When should America get back in the Olympic hosting business?” USA Basketball Chair Jerry Colangelo said that he is “hearing three cities might be interested in bidding for the next available slot in 2024: Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas.” The IOC and USOC "recently agreed on a new revenue-sharing deal that will last until 2040, one that might warm the relationship from an IOC perspective.” Chicago may be “viewed as taking a hit for the USOC, and convinced to bid again” after falling short in its effort to land the '16 Games. Dallas could use the Olympics “to stamp itself a world-class city,” while L.A. could “use the Games to modernize aging stadiums” (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 8/6).