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Phelps To Come Out Of Retirement Next Week, Could Compete In '16 Summer Games

04 / 15 / 14

U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps is returning to competition next week in a "move that could lead" to him participating in the '16 Rio Games, according to a front-page piece by Marbella & Klingaman of the Baltimore SUN. Phelps will compete in the Arena Grand Prix, held in Mesa, Ariz., April 24-26, in...

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02/11/14
Social Media Overshadows Competition In Sochi

The Sochi Games from the start have "been about engagement on social media," which has "changed the way the Olympics are consumed and discussed," according to a front-page piece by Kelly Whiteside of USA TODAY. The question, though, is whether social media has "become more compelling than the compet ...

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02/11/14
Many Sochi Venues Get High Marks

The Sochi Games have a "surprisingly simple feel,” especially “for a party that cost” $51B, according to Nancy Armour of USA TODAY. All of the indoor venues are “within sight -- and walking distance -- of each other." The crowds are “manageable, and clowns, folk da ...

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02/11/14
Norway Lacks Support In Bid For '22 Games

Norwegian officials yesterday acknowledged that they “still need to gain public support and government financial backing” for a bid to host the ’22 Winter Games, according to Stephen Wilson of the AP. The city of Oslo on paper would “shape up as the strong favourite among the ...

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02/11/14
Olympic Names In The News

In DC, Mike Wise writes Russian hockey LW ALEX OVECHKIN arrived in Sochi yesterday "tasked with the modest responsibility of making 143 million people happy." Wise writes, "I'm rooting for Ovechkin because of the perception he has to win. For my money, any elite athlete that overcomes that kind ...

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02/11/14
THE DAILY's Olympic Medal Stand

Each day during the Winter Games, THE DAILY offers our take on the business performances of some of the people, sponsors, broadcasters and other entities around Sochi. ...

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02/11/14
Latest Headlines From SBD/SBJ's Sochi Blog

SportsBusiness Daily/Journal have converted their  On The Ground blog into a comprehensive, daily website devoted to the Sochi Games and the business behind it. The site is free and runs through Monday, Feb. 24, the day after the Closing Ceremony. The site also can be accessed through the On T ...

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02/10/14
NBC Down Slightly From '10 For Saturday

NBC saw a slight audience decline for the first night of televised competition from the Sochi Games compared to four years ago. Saturday's tape-delayed primetime coverage from 8:00-11:06pm ET earned a 13.9 fast-national rating and 25.1 million viewers, down from a 14.0 rating and 26.2 million v ...

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02/10/14
NBC Cuts Bach's Opening Ceremony Speech

NBC televised the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Games Friday on tape delay, and "two notable omissions" from the event were "clear to viewers" during the telecast, according to Steven Zeitchik of the L.A. TIMES. The first was the "scene of members of the Russian Internal Affairs Departmental choir s ...

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02/10/14
Opening Ceremony Gets High Marks

With its "barrage of traditional imagery set to strains of 'Swan Lake,'" Friday's Opening Ceremony for the Sochi Games "could not have been more Russian," according to David Wharton of the L.A. TIMES. The nearly three-hour production "relied heavily on history" and what Creative Dir Konstantin Ernst ...

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02/10/14
Sochi Games Off To Positive Start

The buildup to Friday’s Opening Ceremony focused primarily on Sochi’s lack of readiness, but with Saturday’s official start of competition, the "spotlight finally shifted to the athletes and their pursuit of medals," and with that, the Games "finally felt like a party," accord ...

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