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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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Citizen getting hands into sports

Editor's note: This story is revised from the print edition. Citizen Watch Co. , in a significant marketing shift, is using four athlete endorsers and an R&B star as part of a major print and TV ad campaign scheduled to launch this spring. While other luxury watchmakers have used ...

Tags: Golf, IMG, Motorsports, NASCAR, Olympics

All systems Zou for new agency

Zou means "go" in Chinese, an apt description for the state of sports in the People's Republic. The Olympics are coming to Beijing in 2008, the country's top export may be the NBA's Yao Ming, and sports leagues and teams can't fall over each other fast enough to establish a beachhead in th ...

Tags: ATP, Basketball, Houston Rockets, NBA, Olympics

Another USOC president resigns

What one former U.S. Olympic Committee officer called a "death spiral" continued last week when Marty Mankamyer became the organization's third volunteer president to resign under fire in 12 years — and the second in only eight months. Manka ...

Tags: IOC, NBC, Olympics, USOC

NBC's Olympic plans

NBC is stretching its sports programming across five networks and two languages, with Telemundo set to carry both the Olympics and a new boxing series in conjunction with NBC. Aggressively adding new programming since not re-upping with the NBA, NBC will bring professional boxing back to b ...

Tags: Basketball, Boxing, Football, NBA, NBC, Olympics

USOC near Jet Set deal

J et Set Sports is close to completing a deal with the U.S. Olympic Committee that would give Jet Set category exclusivity as official ticket agent both among USOC sponsors and the general public, starting with the 2006 Winter Games. According to industry sources, USOC management ...

Tags: Adidas, ESPN, John Hancock, Olympics, SFX, USOC, Visa

Winning the gold medal — in chaos

T he U.S. Olympic Committee has been in turmoil these past several weeks over issues tied to the ethics of its chief executive officer. That would be enough to make people take notice under any circumstances. The focus factor deserves to be increased severalfold because turmoil ...

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Will USOC woes hurt IOC?

T he chief executive of worldwide Olympic sponsor John Hancock Financial Services warns that looming sponsor revolt against the troubled U.S. Olympic Committee would have serious financial consequences for the Olympic Games as a global sports property. Fees are paid entirely to t ...

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USOC makes big donor pitch

The U.S. Olympic Committee mailed 500,000 donor solicitation letters Jan. 13, two weeks after media reports surfaced that a panel was reviewing an ethics misconduct allegation involving USOC Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Ward. Olympic swimming champion John Naber told SportsBusiness Journal ...

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