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  • #31
    I think it's funny that the media are reporting that Chicago rumored to have been voted out because of concerns with corruption and crime.

    I guess that means Rio won't get it either...

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    • #32
      what were the odds makers smoking?

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      • #33
        imo it was kinda obvious that it went to Rio

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        • #34
          Yeah, um, I am glad Rio won if Chicago didn't. Europe has the 2012 in London, so there went Madrid. One Tokyo higher up said they wanted the 2016 Olympics cuz they would be the last olympics ever because of global warming, so I am glad Tokyo didn't get it. And South America has never had them. My first choice woulda been my patriotic choice in Chicago, but Rio woulda been my second.

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          • #35
            ahhaha, your glad Tokyo didn't get it because some guy mention global warming. I would take Tokyo's word for it, they are much more technologically advanced, and put time, money and research into those things.

            While our government doesn't really to much into any issues, they rather let people do their own research.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by P-L View Post
              There were actually a lot of people from Chicago who didn't want to get the bid. It really didn't make sense from an economic standpoint either, but that's a debate for another time and another place.
              Post-Olympic studies show it's a negative economic/environmental effect on a city to host the games.

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              • #37
                Originally posted by Brent View Post
                Post-Olympic studies show it's a negative economic/environmental effect on a city to host the games.
                1984: Los Angeles Olympic Games made profits of US $250 million.

                1988: Seoul Olympic Games made profits of US $300 million, a record high for a government-run Olympiad.

                1992: Barcelona Olympic Games made profits of US $5 million.

                1996: Atlanta Olympic Games made profits of US $10 million.

                1932: Los Angeles made profits of $1 million
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                • #38
                  Does anyone know if they included Rugby or not?


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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by awfullyquiet View Post
                    1984: Los Angeles Olympic Games made profits of US $250 million.

                    1988: Seoul Olympic Games made profits of US $300 million, a record high for a government-run Olympiad.

                    1992: Barcelona Olympic Games made profits of US $5 million.

                    1996: Atlanta Olympic Games made profits of US $10 million.

                    1932: Los Angeles made profits of $1 million
                    And Montreal, Barecelona, Sydney, and Athens all lost money from it.

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                    • #40
                      I'm actually glad we didn't get the games. I'm going to school in Chicago right now and there were a lot of people who didn't want the games because of variables outside the Olympics.

                      Without getting political there were many who were worried about the political corruption in Chicago, making tax payers cover the expenses (when the estimate for all the building was exceeded), cleaning up our streets (we are the most violent city in the country from what I understand), we have the highest tax rates in the country, and our CTA system isn't functioning properly.

                      I understand that it's still 7 years down the road and we have plenty of time to fix some of those things but with the economy hurting I think it was the right decision to not let us host. My dorm is right off Michigan Avenue and there was a huge march this morning in support of the bid. It was quite entertaining to see people crying after we were eliminated..


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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by njx9
                        ew... rio. i wonder where they'll ship all the poor people to, so that they don't ugly up the city during the games. security ought to be entertaining as well. too bad south america couldn't have put up a decent city for the games.

                        aq - i think you can add SLC to the above list, although iirc, the effects were all post-games, rather than the games having made that much money.
                        i wouldn't doubt it.

                        really, the potential to make money is ridiculous, if you don't pull a beijing and spend a trillion (i was going to say a billion, but they already spent a billion plus, so much for hyperbole), or don't have almost 100k security guards (like athens did). Seoul did a bang up job and made South Korea a real place of business (like now), by bringing international tourism, building relationships, and then using their strength and newfound connections to make ****... When people say they don't make money, i don't expect the events to be immediate, but, if you look at long term growth post-olympics, like in Atlanta... Atlanta 20 years ago to Atlanta today is night and day, and they're not 'really' in the red more than any other are is these days.

                        meh.

                        literally, my inbox is exploding with people saying, i'm so glad, i'm so glad, we dodged a bullet.

                        hell. the IOC would have made a killing by hosting it in the US. viewership would go up like 40% or so. making the price of advertising go up, and the IOC's pockets even fatter.
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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by sweetness34 View Post
                          Without getting political there were many who were worried about the political corruption in Chicago, making tax payers cover the expenses (when the estimate for all the building was exceeded), cleaning up our streets (we are the most violent city in the country from what I understand), we have the highest tax rates in the country, and our CTA system isn't functioning properly.
                          Quick rebuttal: 1) There was an insurance on overrun on cost by like 20% of the estimated cost. The cost of the insurance was covered in the estimated cost. 2) cleaning up our streets is one thing... but we're not rio, which is significantly higher crime than Chicago... significantly... and we're still not Detroit or St. Louis on crime... and that's because cap'n jody weis is a d-bag. 3) we do not have the highest tax rates in the country, just sales tax on certain items. the median income in chicago outweighs the sales tax impact. for all the bad. chicago does a lot of things right. 4) the CTA was actually one of the projects that was getting an overhaul. i don't know if you live in the city sweetness, but, for as 'bad' as the CTA is, it's phenomenally light years ahead of every other metropolitan area in the states with the exception of: new york and to a lesser extent DC. yes, for all of its dysfunction, it's a quality transit system, sure it's not like it is in tokyo or london or paris... but it's good. and with the olympics almost a billion dollars would be put into upgrading the cta (and other transportations :-\)

                          I understand that it's still 7 years down the road and we have plenty of time to fix some of those things but with the economy hurting I think it was the right decision to not let us host. My dorm is right off Michigan Avenue and there was a huge march this morning in support of the bid. It was quite entertaining to see people crying after we were eliminated..
                          How long do you think the economy is going to be in the tank? This is totally going to be fine, create tons of planning jobs, engineering jobs, tech jobs, communication jobs... as well as construction jobs, labor jobs, planning jobs... our city is one of culture. LOTS of culture...

                          I'm also assuming you go to: Columbia, RMC(U?), or IIT... I might be missing one... but.
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                          • #43
                            I'm pushing for Boston, Cape Town or Venice in 2020.

                            Never too early...

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by YAYareaRB View Post
                              Does anyone know if they included Rugby or not?
                              The IOC session goes on for a whole week; this is just the beginning of it. I'm pretty sure the vote on new sports is early next week.

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by S4L View Post
                                The IOC session goes on for a whole week; this is just the beginning of it. I'm pretty sure the vote on new sports is early next week.
                                Man I hope Rugby gets it. I got a cousin on Fiji's team and it will give me a reason to travel to Brazil. Besides, ass....and boobs...and perfectly tanned women on nude beaches..


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