November 02, 2002

New York is US candidate for 2012 Olympic bid: The Big Apple beat out San Francisco for the right to bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Can New York overcome an IOC still upset with their treatment by Congress over the Salt Lake City bidding scandal and beat out such cities as Paris, Moscow, and London?

posted by jasonbondshow to other at 07:53 PM - 8 comments

Where the hell are they going to build the Olympic village? I can just see it being completely spread out. Tennis at Flushing Meadows, Shot put, Javellin throw, etc in Central Park, Gymnastics, Basketball, etc at MSG. I just hope that NYC doesn't expect to win the final bid because of a sympathy vote.

posted by riffola at 08:19 PM on November 02

More importantly, how will NYC pay for the improvements? They're already suffering a $5 billion budget deficit. Will Mayor Bloomberg just cover it with his personal wealth?

posted by shackbar at 01:47 AM on November 03

how will NYC pay for the improvements? Sponsors my man. Every venue will have a corporate name, and the logos will be everywhere. The plan is to turn Hells Kitchen into an Olympic Stadium, first Times Square turns into a mall, and now Hells Kitchen is being turned around, doesn't anybody think about the hookers anymore?

posted by jbou at 04:18 AM on November 03

I think about the hookers, jbou. All the time.

posted by Samsonov14 at 09:24 AM on November 04

There's an article in sports illustrated by a new yorker begging for the olympics to not be held in his city, and gives the reasons why. I can't find it online though.

posted by justgary at 03:13 PM on November 04

justgary, I found this on USA Today. Here's another from our friends in the UK (although the author sounds as if he's still a bit miffed about that whole tea party thing).

posted by Samsonov14 at 07:16 PM on November 04

Very similar article Samsonov. Thanks for the link.

posted by justgary at 11:16 AM on November 05

I don't know where you dragged that whole "tea party thing" from, Samsonov. He's got a good point about what a New York games would be like. Unfortunately, London would suffer from the same problems.

posted by salmacis at 05:11 AM on November 07

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