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Volume 24 No. 117

Olympics

     After meeting with top IOC officials yesterday, ACOG
President Billy Payne "reported no progress" on the conflict over
the city government's Olympic marketing effort.  Payne promised,
however, to address the IOC's concerns over the program, in which
kiosks and retail carts will be offered by the city of Atlanta to
companies, including competitors of ACOG sponsors (Melissa
Turner, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 9/26).
     CUTTING THE TV CUT:  The IOC Exec Board moved to
"dramatically cut" the amount of money future Olympic organizers
will get from TV rights.  Beginning in 2004, host cities will
receive 49% of money generated from the sale of TV rights, which
the IOC owns.  Local organizers now get 60%.  The controlling 51%
would be divided up by the IOC among sports federations, foreign
Olympic committees and itself (Melissa Turner, ATLANTA
CONSTITUTION, 9/26).
     POST-GAMES JOB PLACEMENT:  For the first time in Olympic
history, an organizing committee has sought to help its full-time
staff make workplace transitions after the conclusion of the
Games.  ACOG has hired outplacement, career and change consulting
firm, Drake Beam Morin, Inc., to supply career management
services for its staff.  DBM will provide career counseling to
more than 2,600 ACOG staff and will also work, on a limited
basis, with USOC staff and members of the '96 U.S. Olympic Team
(ACOG).

     The Resort Sports Network (RSN) and The Atlanta Channel
(TAC) have joined to furnish Olympics-related programming to
hotels throughout Atlanta and RSN's Web site.  The venture aims
to provide "an insider's guide to Atlanta, supplying information
on the city's cultural activities, night life and recreational
facilities, as well as its dining shopping and lodging."  On its
Web site, RSN will offer coverage of such events as road biking,
kayaking, canoeing, sail boarding, sailing, tennis, mountain
biking and beach volleyball.  As an "in-resort channel," RSN
already provides programming on such sports as mountain biking,
golf and tennis.  TAC, which airs 24 hours a day on cable systems
in Atlanta-area hotels, will reach at least 40,000 rooms during
the Games (Langdon Brockinton, INSIDE MEDIA, 9/20 issue).

     A report in CRAIN'S CHICAGO BUSINESS notes the recent
success of the World Cup in Chicago, and the expected success of
the Democratic Convention next year, "have Mayor Richard Daley
and his advisors thinking about a Chicago Olympics" (CRAIN'S
CHICAGO BUSINESS, 9/25 issue)....Moving ahead with plans to have
"major downtown exposure" during the Atlanta Olympics, Nike has
"lined up its third high-profile location," the William Oliver
Building overlooking Woodruff Park at Peachtree and Marietta
Streets (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 9/25)....ACOG's Billy Payne last
week dedicated the Olympic venue at Lake Lanier in Gainesville,
GA, which will serve as the setting for the rowing and
canoe/kayak competitions (ACOG)....American swimmers winning gold
medals in Atlanta will get $50,000 from the U.S. Swimming
Federation.  This is up from $20,000 offered at the '94 World
Cahmpionships in Rome (AP/N.Y. TIMES, 9/22).