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Volume 24 No. 115

Olympics

     In a "dramatic reversal," the IOC voted to extend the age
limit for members from 75 to 80, "reviving" IOC President Juan
Antonio Samaranch's campaign to remain in power into the next
century, according to Melissa Turner of the ATLANTA CONSTITUTION.
Three days earlier, the IOC had voted against abolishing age
limits all together, but after "a late night petition drive"
gathered the 70 votes needed for another vote, which this time
would not be by secret ballot.  The compromise measure won by a
76 to 10 margin. Samaranch said he would "announce his
intentions" at the end of '96 (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 6/19).

     In a "dramatic reversal," the IOC voted to extend the age
limit for members from 75 to 80, "reviving" IOC President Juan
Antonio Samaranch's campaign to remain in power into the next
century, according to Melissa Turner of the ATLANTA CONSTITUTION.
Three days earlier, the IOC had voted against abolishing age
limits all together, but after "a late night petition drive"
gathered the 70 votes needed for another vote, which this time
would not be by secret ballot.  The compromise measure won by a
76 to 10 margin. Samaranch said he would "announce his
intentions" at the end of '96 (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 6/19).

     An estimated 40-50,000 turned out for Salt Lake City's
"Party of the Century" to celebrate the city earning the bid from
the IOC for the 2002 Winter Oltympic Games, according to Jay
Baltezore in the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE.  The event cost the Salt Lake
Area Chamber of Commerce about $175,000 (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE,
6/19).  A report in the WALL STREET JOURNAL notes the city won on
the strength of its "well-developed facilities" (WALL STREET
JOURNAL, 6/19).  Salt Lake Bid Committee President Tom Welch:
"Becoming an Olympic city is a process, not an event, and over
time we developed credibility through the commitments that we
made.  Our taxpayers not only voted that they wanted to pursue
the Olympics, but they were willing to make an investment in
winter sports facilities, and today we have completed or under
construction seven of the eight facilities that we will need for
the games" ("Today," NBC, 6/19).
     THE VOTE:  Salt Lake received an "overwhelming" 54 votes on
the first ballot to secure the 2002 bid.  It marked the first
time in 30 years that an Olympic vote involving more than two
cities was settled in the first round (AP/SALT LAKE TRIBUNE,
6/18).  Welch on ABC's "Good Morning Sunday":  "There is not a
city in the world that is more ideal for hosting the games than
in Salt Lake" (ABC, 6/18).  Frank Joklik, Salt Lake Committee
Chair:  "The people of Utah now have a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to distinguish themselves, through the Olympics, in a
manner that can win them the admiration of the world" (Salt Lake
Bid Committee).  USOC President LeRoy Walker:  "No city prepared
more completely than Salt Lake City, no bid was more thorough and
detailed, and at all times, the athletes of the world were the
principal focal point of the effort" (USOC).
     QUEBEC ASKS "PORUQUOI PAS"?  In Toronto, George Gross
reports that many incorrectly blame Canadian IOC member Dick
Pound for Quebec's "disastrous last place finish."  But Canadian
IOC Member Carol Anne Letheren said:  "There's something about
Tom Welch ... He and his countrymen know how to deal in the one-
on-one situations.  We don't know how to do it and we haven't
found out how they're doing it" (TORONTO SUN, 6/18).  Gross also
reports that Quebec City has not decided whether to bid again
(TORONTO SUN, 6/17).

     An estimated 40-50,000 turned out for Salt Lake City's
"Party of the Century" to celebrate the city earning the bid from
the IOC for the 2002 Winter Oltympic Games, according to Jay
Baltezore in the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE.  The event cost the Salt Lake
Area Chamber of Commerce about $175,000 (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE,
6/19).  A report in the WALL STREET JOURNAL notes the city won on
the strength of its "well-developed facilities" (WALL STREET
JOURNAL, 6/19).  Salt Lake Bid Committee President Tom Welch:
"Becoming an Olympic city is a process, not an event, and over
time we developed credibility through the commitments that we
made.  Our taxpayers not only voted that they wanted to pursue
the Olympics, but they were willing to make an investment in
winter sports facilities, and today we have completed or under
construction seven of the eight facilities that we will need for
the games" ("Today," NBC, 6/19).
     THE VOTE:  Salt Lake received an "overwhelming" 54 votes on
the first ballot to secure the 2002 bid.  It marked the first
time in 30 years that an Olympic vote involving more than two
cities was settled in the first round (AP/SALT LAKE TRIBUNE,
6/18).  Welch on ABC's "Good Morning Sunday":  "There is not a
city in the world that is more ideal for hosting the games than
in Salt Lake" (ABC, 6/18).  Frank Joklik, Salt Lake Committee
Chair:  "The people of Utah now have a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to distinguish themselves, through the Olympics, in a
manner that can win them the admiration of the world" (Salt Lake
Bid Committee).  USOC President LeRoy Walker:  "No city prepared
more completely than Salt Lake City, no bid was more thorough and
detailed, and at all times, the athletes of the world were the
principal focal point of the effort" (USOC).
     QUEBEC ASKS "PORUQUOI PAS"?  In Toronto, George Gross
reports that many incorrectly blame Canadian IOC member Dick
Pound for Quebec's "disastrous last place finish."  But Canadian
IOC Member Carol Anne Letheren said:  "There's something about
Tom Welch ... He and his countrymen know how to deal in the one-
on-one situations.  We don't know how to do it and we haven't
found out how they're doing it" (TORONTO SUN, 6/18).  Gross also
reports that Quebec City has not decided whether to bid again
(TORONTO SUN, 6/17).

     "A lot has to happen financially ... to pull off the nearly
$800 million 2002 Winter Games," writes John Keahey in Sunday's
SALT LAKE TRIBUNE.  UT taxpayers have already invested $59M for
venues.  But funds to be raised primarily through the sale of
sponsorships and TV revenues will ensure that taxpayers are "paid
back" for all that went into the bid and to create an operating
fund so that "no additional tax dollars, beyond what cities
decide to spend on their own, will be used."  The Salt Lake Bid
Committee signed an Atlanta-style joint marketing agreement with
the USOC in May which was approved by the IOC last week.  The
deal requires the two to "jointly sell sponsorships," and
requires 70% of the first $391M raised to go to Salt Lake City,
with the rest to the USOC.  Additional money will be spilt 50-50.
The marketing period for the Salt Lake Games will begin after the
'98 Nagano Games at which time it is expected Salt Lake City
"will negotiate a similar deal with the IOC."  However, USOC
Interim Exec Dir John Krimsky hopes to start marketing efforts
earlier.  Krimsky:  "Tom [Welch] and I are hopeful that both
Nagano and the IOC will permit marketing of the 2002 Games much
earlier" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 6/18).  Christopher Clarey of the
N.Y. Times notes Salt Lake will try to "capitalize" on the
marketing momentum created by the '96 Atlanta Games, and,
according to Welch, some sponsors are "already lined up" (N.Y.
TIMES, 6/18).  John Powers of the BOSTON GLOBE reports the USOC
hopes to "reap" $100M from having the 2002 Games in the U.S.
(BOSTON GLOBE, 6/18).  In  Atlanta, Melissa Turner writes that
through 2002, Salt Lake City stands to make $1.4B, including
$108M in state and local sales-tax revenue (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION,
6/17).
     WHAT ABOUT TV?  In Salt Lake, Mike Carter reports that NBC
Sports President Dick Ebersol said that the rights for Salt Lake
"will certainly be on the order" of the $375M that CBS paid for
Nagano.  The Salt Lake Bid Committee has budgeted $313M for the
rights which will be awarded 18 months to two years from now.
That figure is nearly 40% of Salt Lake's overall $798M budget.
Carter also notes the fact that the Winter Games are going to be
"on American soil" for the first time in 22 years, which should
excite sponsors.  Ebersol:  "There is always more interest by the
McDonald's, the Cokes and the Budweisers when things are
happening at home" (AP/SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 6/17).
     EVERYONE HAPPY AT HOME?  In Salt Lake, Jim Woolf writes that
Olympic boosters have "defused" much of the concern from
environmentalists by promising to stay out of Big and Little
Cottonwood canyons east of Salt Lake City.  But Wasatch
environmentalist Ann Wechsler said fears that this promise would
be broken led her group to oppose the Olympics (SALT LAKE
TRIBUNE, 6/18).  UT Sierra Club head Rudy Lukez:  "We're not
excited about it.  But now that it's coming, it's time to figure
out how to make the best of it" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 6/17).  ABC's
Bill Redeker reported Friday from Park City, UT, (just outside of
Salt Lake) where many residents are not enthusiastic ("World News
Tonight," 6/16).

     "A lot has to happen financially ... to pull off the nearly
$800 million 2002 Winter Games," writes John Keahey in Sunday's
SALT LAKE TRIBUNE.  UT taxpayers have already invested $59M for
venues.  But funds to be raised primarily through the sale of
sponsorships and TV revenues will ensure that taxpayers are "paid
back" for all that went into the bid and to create an operating
fund so that "no additional tax dollars, beyond what cities
decide to spend on their own, will be used."  The Salt Lake Bid
Committee signed an Atlanta-style joint marketing agreement with
the USOC in May which was approved by the IOC last week.  The
deal requires the two to "jointly sell sponsorships," and
requires 70% of the first $391M raised to go to Salt Lake City,
with the rest to the USOC.  Additional money will be spilt 50-50.
The marketing period for the Salt Lake Games will begin after the
'98 Nagano Games at which time it is expected Salt Lake City
"will negotiate a similar deal with the IOC."  However, USOC
Interim Exec Dir John Krimsky hopes to start marketing efforts
earlier.  Krimsky:  "Tom [Welch] and I are hopeful that both
Nagano and the IOC will permit marketing of the 2002 Games much
earlier" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 6/18).  Christopher Clarey of the
N.Y. Times notes Salt Lake will try to "capitalize" on the
marketing momentum created by the '96 Atlanta Games, and,
according to Welch, some sponsors are "already lined up" (N.Y.
TIMES, 6/18).  John Powers of the BOSTON GLOBE reports the USOC
hopes to "reap" $100M from having the 2002 Games in the U.S.
(BOSTON GLOBE, 6/18).  In  Atlanta, Melissa Turner writes that
through 2002, Salt Lake City stands to make $1.4B, including
$108M in state and local sales-tax revenue (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION,
6/17).
     WHAT ABOUT TV?  In Salt Lake, Mike Carter reports that NBC
Sports President Dick Ebersol said that the rights for Salt Lake
"will certainly be on the order" of the $375M that CBS paid for
Nagano.  The Salt Lake Bid Committee has budgeted $313M for the
rights which will be awarded 18 months to two years from now.
That figure is nearly 40% of Salt Lake's overall $798M budget.
Carter also notes the fact that the Winter Games are going to be
"on American soil" for the first time in 22 years, which should
excite sponsors.  Ebersol:  "There is always more interest by the
McDonald's, the Cokes and the Budweisers when things are
happening at home" (AP/SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 6/17).
     EVERYONE HAPPY AT HOME?  In Salt Lake, Jim Woolf writes that
Olympic boosters have "defused" much of the concern from
environmentalists by promising to stay out of Big and Little
Cottonwood canyons east of Salt Lake City.  But Wasatch
environmentalist Ann Wechsler said fears that this promise would
be broken led her group to oppose the Olympics (SALT LAKE
TRIBUNE, 6/18).  UT Sierra Club head Rudy Lukez:  "We're not
excited about it.  But now that it's coming, it's time to figure
out how to make the best of it" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 6/17).  ABC's
Bill Redeker reported Friday from Park City, UT, (just outside of
Salt Lake) where many residents are not enthusiastic ("World News
Tonight," 6/16).