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South Korea's Olympics Risk Global Flop With Unsold Tickets, N. Korean Fears

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 11 / 20 / 17

Hosting the Winter Olympics was "supposed to be another moment for South Korea to bask in the global spotlight" -- but "mountains of unsold tickets and the threat of provocation from the North are raising fears that next year's event is veering off-piste," according to Harris & Buseong of t...

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