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Volume 24 No. 116

Olympics

          The IOC will expand its investigation of the Salt Lake
     City bribery scandal to include other cities, according to
     William Drozdiak in a front-page report in the WASHINGTON
     POST.  IOC Dir General Francois Carrard said that a six-
     member IOC investigating committee is now "gathering facts
     worldwide" (WASHINGTON POST, 1/19).  Meanwhile, more charges
     and allegations continued to mount against the Games: 
          In Toronto, James Christie reports that IOC President
     Juan Antonio Samaranch "knew of and approved" an arrangement
     by which the husband of a Finnish IOC member received a job
     in Canada and had his housing paid for while Toronto was
     bidding for the '96 Games (GLOBE & MAIL, 1/19)....The
     Toronto GLOBE & MAIL and WALL STREET JOURNAL both report on
     the contract awarded by the SLOC to Spanish TV exec Manolo
     Romero.  Romero, who won the bid to be the 2002 Games' host
     broadcaster despite an offer that was charging "roughly"
     $20M more than other bidders, has "close ties" to the IOC
     (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 1/19)....Stephanie Pate, the former
     secretary to former SLOC President Tom Welch, has been
     subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury.  She is
     "not believed" to be a target of the investigation.  Pate
     now works for US West as a liaison to the SLOC (WASHINGTON
     POST, 1/19)....Federal investigators have begun formal
     inquiries into escort services in the Salt Lake City area,
     which could "culminate with a review of charge-card records
     and business files" at the SLOC (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 1/16).
          SAMARANCH BACKS SALT LAKE: Samaranch "hinted" the IOC
     may help Salt Lake City organizers make-up any financial
     shortfall resulting from the bribery scandal: "It depends on
     what help Salt Lake City wants.  We will find a solution. We
     continue to support the Games of Salt Lake City.  For me
     there is no alternative" (AP, 1/18).  Anti-Olympics
     activists "vowed" to gather petition signatures for a ballot
     initiative in 2000 on the future of the Games in Salt Lake
     unless lawmakers call a "special election" this spring.  But
     state legislators said they "are not ready to order a public
     vote on the Olympics" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 1/19).  Meanwhile,
     the SLOC has made the following "structural changes" to keep
     the preparations "on track."  Among some moves: MARY GADDIE
     was promoted to Managing Dir of Games Presentations; CFO
     MARK TANNER will oversee Games Marketing;  Senior
     VP/Communications SHELLY THOMAS will oversee Games
     Presentations & Ceremonies (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 1/16).
          

          US West officials "decided Friday to deliver" a $5M
     sponsorship payment that they delayed while investigations
     were proceeding into SLOC bribery charges, according to
     Bruce Finley of the DENVER POST.  US West President Sol
     Trujillo: "We are pleased with the decisive actions of Utah
     Governor Mike Leavitt and the Salt Lake Organizing Committee
     to restore the integrity of the Winter Games."  Meanwhile,
     IOC Marketing Dir Michael Payne said the Games' corporate
     sponsors "have been absolutely 100 percent behind the
     Olympic movement."  Payne, who met with sponsors last week,
     called them, "Fully committed.  ... They understand the
     steps we are taking to address the problems.  They are
     pleased with the speed" (DENVER POST, 1/16).
          A-B "QUIETLY" MAKES OLYMPIC PACT: The SPORTSBUSINESS
     JOURNAL's Langdon Brockinton reports that A-B has "completed
     an Olympics ad deal with NBC."  Tony Ponturo, A-B
     VP/Corporate Media & Sports Marketing: "We quietly did that
     within the last couple of months" (SBJ, 1/18 issue).