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Rice Apologies For "Biggest Mistake" Of His Life, Calls Suspension Out Of His Control

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 31 / 14

Ravens RB Ray Rice today for the first time publicly commented on the two-game suspension the NFL gave him for his domestic violence arrest in February, calling it something he did not "have any control over." Rice said, "That’s higher authorities. That’s something that the courts, the N...

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04/17/14
Rio Increases Budget For '16 Olympics

Brazilian authorities "unveiled an infrastructure budget" of US$10.76B for the '16 Rio Games, which is 25% "more than planned, as they try to reassure the world they can deliver facilities on time," according to Pedro Fonseca of REUTERS. The budget "covers 27 projects in urban development and public ...

Tags: Olympics, Brazil, IOC

04/15/14
Phelps Coming Out Of Retirement

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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04/14/14
Concerns Over Rio Olympics Prep Mounting

Even with "lowered expectations, the preparation for" the '16 Rio de Janeiro Games is "clearly not up to snuff," according to Christopher Clarey of the N.Y. TIMES. Olympic and int'l sports officials last week, "concerned over the lack of construction and commitment in Rio, sounded the alarm in publi ...

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04/09/14
USOC Hopes To Narrow '24 Bid List

USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said that the organization would "like to narrow its candidate cities to two or three and make the decision whether to bid" for the '24 Games by the end of the year, according to Kelly Whiteside of USA TODAY. A source said that cities under "heavy consideration" include L.A., ...

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04/02/14
IOC's Bach Appoints New Commission Heads

IOC President Thomas Bach yesterday appointed new leaders for 14 of the organization's 30 commissions, including key positions overseeing the marketing, press and finance commissions. Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda was named IOC Marketing Commission Chair. The 66 year old will ...

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04/01/14
USA Luge Elects 11-Person BOD

USA Luge last weekend elected an 11-person BOD, bringing an end to an 18-month effort to overhaul of its governance structure. The NGB used to have a national luge committee that elected its BOD. Now there will be a nomination committee that vets potential directors and puts them forward for a vote ...

Tags: Olympics

03/11/14
Details Emerge About Rio Games Golf Fields

The Int'l Golf Federation has established July 11, 2016, as the cutoff date for "qualifying for the 60-player fields in men's and women's Olympic golf" at the Rio Games, according to Dave Shedloski of GOLF WORLD. That is "three days before the British Open," but the IOC, and "not the IGF, set the da ...

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03/03/14
L.A. Increases Efforts For '24 Games Bid

L.A. officials are "stepping up their efforts" to host the '24 Olympics and "overcome perceived obstacles" that could keep the IOC from looking elsewhere, according to Rick Orlov of the L.A. DAILY NEWS. The city "plans to submit its bid" to the USOC for the '24 Games in September. The USOC "will the ...

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02/27/14
Report Shows Boston Could Feasibly Host Olympics

Boston has "enough hotel rooms, security expertise, and cultural cachet" to host the '24 Summer Games, but would "face a challenge finding space for an 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium and a 100-acre Olympic Village," according to a special commission’s draft report cited by Michael Levenson of the ...

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02/25/14
U.S. Bid City For '24 Games Expected By Year's End

IOC members have "encouraged the U.S. to bid" for the '24 Summer Games, and the USOC is "intent on selecting a potential bid city by the end of the year," according to Tripp Mickle of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. The USOC's candidates include S.F., Boston, L.A., N.Y., Dallas, Philadelphia and DC. Wh ...

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