SBD/June 16, 2014/Olympics

USOC Narrows Possible '24 Summer Games Bid To Four Cities: Boston, L.A., S.F., DC

Cities including Dallas, and N.Y. were not included on the bid list
A U.S. bid for the '24 Summer Games "would come from" Boston, L.A., S.F. or DC if the USOC "decides to put a city in the running," according to Eddie Pells of the AP. A process that "began 16 months ago when the USOC sent letters to leaders in 35 cities is now at four finalists after Dallas and San Diego were scratched from the list." The USOC over the next seven months will "decide whether it even wants to try to host the Olympics, with the deadline for deciding expected" in early '15. Unlike the "public, and sometimes embarrassing, domestic bid process" for the '16 Games, the USOC "kept a tight lid on the group of cities under consideration this time in order to have more candid conversations with their leaders and save money." San Diego was "always a long shot because of its smaller size." Dallas "got in the running early but weather issues and some lingering bad memories of America's last foray into a Southern city ... put roadblocks in front of that bid" (AP, 6/13). In N.Y., Mary Pilon noted Philadelphia "withdrew its bid, and a short-lived interest" in N.Y., a candidate for the '12 Summer Games, "also died" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/14).

BOSTON STRONG: In Boston, Mark Arsenault wrote the city's "improbable dream" of hosting the '24 Games is "suddenly a bit more real." City and state political leaders "generally reacted positively to the committee’s vote of confidence, without committing themselves to supporting a full-blown Olympic bid" (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/14). Boston-based Suffolk Construction Chair & CEO John Fish said the biggest obstacle facing the city's '24 Olympic bid is "to go through an exercise to determine the vision for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2030." He added, "It’s not about the vision for the Olympics. It’s about the vision for our future and the vision for the younger generation" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 6/13). In Boston, Shirley Leung wrote under the header, "Give Boston Olympics A Chance." An Olympic bid is "going to cost us dearly in time and resources -- but that shouldn’t stop us from seizing the opportunity to think big about ourselves" (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/14).

COMPETITION IN OTHER PLACES
: In DC, Liz Clarke wrote the USOC's decision about whether it will ultimately submit a bid for '24 will "hinge largely on the IOC’s current review of its process for awarding Olympic Games." Meanwhile, DC's inclusion among the finalists "represented thrilling news to DC2024, the group of civic and business leaders that has worked largely behind the scenes in recent months" (WASHINGTON POST, 6/14). In S.F., Kale Williams noted past U.S. bids to host the Games "have proved challenging." Any bid from the U.S. for the '24 Games "almost certainly will face stiff international competition, with interest likely coming from places like Rome, Paris and Istanbul" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 6/14).

DOWN BY THE BAY: In San Jose, Mark Purdy wrote the odds "are 99-1 against" the Summer Games ever being held in the Bay Area. The region "isn't like other metropolitan areas in America, which have one dominant city and entirely subservient suburbs." Each corner of the Bay Area "has its own vibe and agenda," and "getting all the political entities on the same page is terribly difficult" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 6/15).

MISSING THE CUT: In Dallas, Jeff Mosier wrote the city's "latest race for international sports glory ended Friday with no large public gatherings and few words." The "low-key effort" for the '24 bid "cost a fraction" of the city's bid for the '12 Games. It "included only a small group of backers and avoided most public controversy." It also "didn't make it any farther than Dallas’ first Olympics run" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 6/14). In San Diego, Ken Stone reported the city based its failed bid on "the region’s beauty and climate, and also touted a innovative economy, diverse population, tourism infrastructure and location on the Pacific Rim" (TIMESOFSANDIEGO.com, 6/13). The SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE polled its readers, asking the question, "How do you feel about San Diego losing its 2024 Olympics bid?" Of the 1,802 readers who voted as of this morning, 79% indicated they are "relieved," while 20% responded they are "disappointed" (UTSANDIEGO.com, 6/16).
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