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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 28 / 14

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Closing Ceremony Showcases Russian Pride

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Tags: Olympics

02/24/14
NBC Flat With Turin Heading Into Sunday

A smaller audience for NBC’s primetime coverage on Friday and Saturday put the net’s Sochi Games average rating at a 12.4 heading into the Closing Ceremony last night -- a figure that is essentially flat compared to the same point during the ’06 Turin Games. NBC on Saturday ...

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02/24/14
USOC Happy With Performance At Sochi

USOC officials claim the Sochi Games were "one of the country's best Olympics ever," after its 28 medals put it "behind just the host country in total medals," according to Tim Dahlberg of the AP. However, Norway "won more gold than the U.S. (11-9) and the 28 total medals were nine less than Am ...

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02/24/14
More Extreme Sports Coming To Olympics?

The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association, "buoyed by the success of slopestyle and other new action sports" at this year's Sochi Games, is "hatching a plan to bring a few more high-flying athletes into the mix," according to Eddie Pells of the AP. USSA President & CEO Bill Marolt said, "We're wo ...

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02/24/14
NHL Owners, Players Butt Heads On Olympics

NHL players "remain strongly in favor" of participating in future Olympics, but the "anti-Olympic faction among owners and executives has many reasons for saying no to Pyeongchang, and last week’s roll call of players who were injured at the Sochi Games touched off a renewed sense of oppositio ...

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02/24/14
Rio Now On The Clock For '16 Games

With the Sochi Games concluding last night, the Olympic spotlight is "now turning from Eastern Europe to South America" and the '16 Rio Games, according to NBC's Natalie Morales. NBC's Bill Neely reports shifting from Sochi to Rio "could hardly be more different than this." Rio is the first So ...

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02/24/14
THE DAILY's Olympic Medal Stand

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02/24/14
Latest Headlines From SBD/SBJ's Sochi Blog

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02/21/14
UA Renews With U.S. Speedskating Through '22

Under Armour Founder, Chair & CEO Kevin Plank Friday morning announced the company has extended its sponsorship with U.S. Speedskating though '22 despite the suits used at the Sochi Games becoming the center of controversy. The U.S. team has yet to medal going into the final weekend of the Games ...

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02/21/14
USOC Could Relax Its Enforcement Of Rule 40

The USOC is considering relaxing its enforcement of Rule 40, a rule that prevents non-Olympic sponsors from associating with Olympians before, during and after a Games. IOC Dir of TV & Marketing Services Timo Lumme indicated the organization has plans to evaluate Rule 40 after the Sochi Games, a ...

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