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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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Athens battles delays for Games

Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, head of the Athens organizing committee, reviews press center plans with engineers and inspectors for the International Olympic Committee. As Greece struggles daily to build or upgrade facilities and in ...

Tags: Ellerbe Becket, FIFA, IOC, Olympics

2004 venue status report

Construction scene at Peace and Friendship stadium, site of 2004 Olympic volleyball. NEW VENUE: Work in progress • Olympic Equestrian Centre • Olympic Shooting Centre • Nikaia Oly ...

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Iraq's unique incentive methods

M aybe the U.N. inspectors in Iraq should forget about looking for hidden weapons and look for the Tomb of the Unknown Olympian instead. An English human rights group is reporting that Saddam Hussein's son, who heads the Iraqi Olympic Committee, "rewards" his country's unde ...

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USOC to make its HQ on a cruise ship

W ith a search for a large enough hotel proving futile, the U.S. Olympic Committee's official delegation is moving ahead with plans to secure a cruise ship as its headquarters hotel in Greece during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics. The ship will be docked under the jurisdic ...

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Stadium part of NY Games plan

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg looks on as city’s Olympic plan is made public. When the U.S. Olympic Committee selected New York as the American candidate to host the 2012 Summer Games, many felt fiscal and logistical responsibility had ...

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Olympic training bases in Florida?

A coalition of Olympic sports federations is hoping to establish and operate two common training bases in south Florida. The sites might be run independent of the U.S. Olympic Committee. USOC Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Ward recently endorsed the intent of the proposed ...

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These games ail Olympics

J acques Rogge, the newish president of the International Olympic Committee, says he wants to make the Summer Games more manageable, and to that end he proposed that three sports — baseball, women's softball and modern pentathlon — be dropped from the 2008 Games. Wh ...

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Qatar seeks bids on $300M complex

Tenders are due Dec. 30 for designs of a new sports complex to play host to the 2006 Asian Games in Qatar, a project worth an estimated $300 million, by far the biggest undertaking of its kind ever in the Middle East. The Qatar National Olympic Committee has issued invitations to bid to 1 ...

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'Road to Glory' brings exposure

E xecutives from three of the higher-profile U.S. Olympic sports federations sat down in October and came away with a unified mission. Their guiding principle? "It's the television exposure, stupid." In their eternal struggle to sustain the waning relevance of Olympic sports ...

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Don't underestimate sponsorships

E astman Kodak, Pepsi and Antuofermo Landscaping are changing the world through sports sponsorship and the "law of unintended consequences." The idea of sponsorship is to touch customers and create brand preferences, leading to sales. Never forget that it's all about sales. ...

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