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Pandagon: Morgan Hamm Van Den Hoogenband!
...We wonder why certain sports never take off in the U.S.? It's because the only time they're ever given any credibility as sports is when an American can win them. Cycling? I didn't even know the leader of the Tour de France got a yellow jersey until Lance Armstrong rode. Fencing? Well...an American won that, right? And you have to, like, touch the other person with the sword somewhere? Judo? Don't even bother.Most over-represented sport in prime-time coverage: BEACH VOLLEYBALL. Yes, it's a real sport, but it got more minutes than all the gymnastics events combined. Or so it seemed.
I agreed with Bob Costas (who's looking pretty bored most of the time) that it was really cool to have people throwing shotputs in the same spot that people did a couple of millennia ago.
Crazy idea: Now that they've built all this stuff, why not have the Games in Athens every time? 5 comment(s)
The reason is money. Every country wants the chance to jumpstart their economy with some olympic-sized tourist money. Add to this a chance to show off for the rest of the world, and you've got a feeding frenzy every time the Olympics choose a new host city. Why do you think China went apeshit in order to get the next games? They have an international PR image to improve. Hosting the Olympics is like throwing a kick-ass Halloween party for the whole world.
But do the Olympics really make money for a city? I heard on NPR that the only one that has made money was 1984 in LA. Now, I'm not sure how they measured that, and I'm not sure how to measure the overall impact of an Olympics on a city's or country's economy, but if they all lose money, then are the leaders just fighting to put them on for the PR as you said, not to mention the exposure it gives those who are running them (Mitt Romney)?
As far as the Olympics themselves, I believe only one has made money (either LA or Atlanta, can't remember), but as for the businesses in the host cities (all of the hotels, tourist traps, restaurants, etc.), the Olympics is a windfall of epic proportions. A really good week in a good spot with the Olympics in town could double the income of a hot dog cart vendor.
Okay, how about...
Athens may not be a good pick, as Olympic officials actually wants people to attend the events...Add a comment...
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