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Team USA welcomes protesters back into the fold

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 12 / 05 / 16

Whether or not he intended to, U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun waded into the political athletes storyline in September by appointing 1968 podium protesters Tommie Smith and John Carlos as Team USA ambassadors and inviting them to the White House for a celebration of the Rio Olympic team. ...

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USOC summit offers a dual Rio/L.A. vibe

The U.S. Olympic Committee’s pre-Games media summit set an attendance record last week, luring nearly 700 reporters to the famous Beverly Hilton hotel. While reporters gathered material for pre-Rio coverage, sponsors, agents and Olympic movem ...

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3 Questions with Alan Ashley

Editor’s note: This story is revised from the print edition. Alan Ashley is the U.S. Olympic Committee’s top athletics executive, overseeing a department dedicated to maximizing the American medal count. Prior to 2006, he held ...

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Olympic trials arrive for looser Rule 40

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Couple back new brand with Rio contest

Brianne Theisen-Eaton and Ashton Eaton, who still must qualify for the Olympics, will send their winner to Rio. Photo by:  AP IMAGES North America’s first couple of track and field is tes ...

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USOC sharpens marketing with ‘Hometowns’

Olympic hotbeds like Charlotte, with swimmer Ryan Lochte, will be profiled in the campaign. Photo by: GETTY IMAGES The U.S. Olympic team in Rio will include nearly 550 athletes representing a natio ...

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How would new stadium fit into LA 2024?

Los Angeles 2024 has what you might call a good problem: More venues than it needs to host the Olympics, and that’s not even counting the world’s most expensive stadium development. The relocating St. Louis Rams’ planned $2.66 billion NFL stadium project slated for Inglewood see ...

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Tale of the tape: Olympic bid cities

The race to host the 2024 Olympics came into clearer focus Feb. 17, when each of the four bid cities published its initial documents describing plans for the Games. In this first of three stages of bidding, the cities were invited to share their vision, Games concept and strategy. While the ...

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Zika virus causes Rio worries to spread

Corporate planning for the Rio Olympics has become significantly more problematic as the mysterious Zika virus hammers Brazil. The health crisis has emerged just as sponsors and hospitality providers fine-tune their plans for Rio, presenting a late-breaking X factor for companies that use the Oly ...

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Will analytics change Olympic funding?

In a move that could change how Olympic sports teams are funded, the U.S. Olympic Committee plans to hire a senior executive to bring data analytics to the table when deciding which sport investments are most likely to yield medals. The USOC has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to lead a sear ...

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Elite firm helping with Symmonds’ suit

An elite law firm is helping one of track and field’s most outspoken athletes challenge the U.S. Olympic movement on antitrust grounds, and leading legal minds say the lawsuit should be taken seriously. Partners at Washington, D.C.-based Hausfeld LLP, fresh off their victory in O’Bann ...

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