Salt Lake City Wouldn't Use Local Tax Dollars For Future Winter Games
One of the top officials from the '02 Salt Lake Games Organizing Committee said that if the city is selected by the USOC to "host a future Winter Games, the money to pick up the tab would come from selling sponsorships and TV rights as well as other revenues," according to Lisa Riley Roche of the DESERET NEWS. The only tax dollars would "come from the federal government for security." If there is USOC backing for a bid, '02 Salt Lake Games Organizing Committee COO Fraser Bullock said that Salt Lake has to be ready for the IOC to "name the host" of the '30 Games next June. That is because the IOC "may choose to award" both the '26 and '30 Games at the "same time," as the IOC did for the '24 Paris Games and '28 L.A. Games rather than wait until '23 to name the '30 host. Bullock said that a dual award would "give backers of another Olympics in Utah just six months to put together an international bid." As part of the bid process, the USOC is "conducting public opinion polls in both Utah and Colorado to gauge support among residents for hosting a Winter Games." Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski said that the poll "could be underway as soon as next week" (DESERET NEWS, 11/30).
MIND MADE UP: In Salt Lake City, Christopher Kamrani notes the IOC has "made it clear that it wants each of the next two Winter Games to take place in Europe and North America." The '26 finalists are "currently Milan, Italy, and Stockholm, Sweden." Bullock said that as of now, the only other city to "express interest in hosting" the '30 Games is Sapporo, Japan, which recently "dropped out" of the '26 process (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 11/30).