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Published January 14, 2014
RISK, REWARD: The FINANCIAL TIMES' Emily Steel wrote the Sochi Games are "forcing marketers who pour hundreds of millions of dollars into the games to perform a careful balancing act." The Olympics "offer an unparalleled opportunity ... to reach billions of viewers around the world and align themselves with a blend of feel-good emotions tied to the glory of the games." However, potential security risks and human rights controversies in Russia are making the Games a "much riskier bet." Advertising next to coverage of a potential terrorist attack "would be disastrous." Marketing execs said that advertisers in this case "would likely pull their ads" (FT.com, 1/13).