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'This is definitely a moment': Olympics crown LA's remarkable renaissance | US news | The Guardian
Securing the 2028 Olympics is just the latest success for Los Angeles, a city that’s witnessing a turnaround. But can it keep up the momentum?
urbandevelopment  regeneration  Olympics  review  LosAngeles  Guardian  2017 
august 2017 by inspiral
Olympic executives cash in on a ‘Movement’ that keeps athletes poor - The Washington Post
When hundreds of millions of people gather around televisions Friday to watch the Opening Ceremonies of the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, they will be taking part in the economic engine that powers the Olympic Movement. Broadcast and sponsorship deals for the Summer and Winter Games deliver billions to the IOC and its affiliates every year.

But by the time that flood of cash flows through the Movement and reaches the athletes, barely a trickle remains, often a few thousand dollars at most. For members of Team USA — many of whom live meagerly off the largesse of friends and family, charity, and public assistance — the biggest tangible reward they’ll receive for making it to Rio will be two suitcases full of free Nike and Ralph Lauren clothing they are required to wear at all team events.

In the words of its charter, the Olympic Movement is devoted “to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society.” To an increasingly vocal and active group of current and former Olympic athletes in the United States, however, the Movement is a vast, global bureaucracy that treats athletes like replaceable cogs, restricting their income without fear of reprisal from a workforce unable, or unwilling, to unionize.
Olympics  OlympicMovement  sport  corruption  bureaucracy  USA  WashingtonPost  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
The Rio Games Were An Unjustifiable Human Disaster, And So Are The Olympics | VICE Sports
After every Games, there's a tradition of determining whether or not the event was a "success." This depends on who's judging, and what they consider important. Usually, it's journalists evaluating if the focus remained on athletic achievements and good TV, rather than the surrounding unpleasantness—as if the suffering of thousands and corruption of city officials is simply a regrettable side story, another disposable thread in a quadrennial reality show. But for the people who call Rio home, the Games weren't just programing inventory for NBC to sell ads against, or the set of a late-summer blockbuster. They were real, with a real, lasting impact. From a human rights perspective, from a human perspective, attempting to determine the success of the Games is the wrong question. There has never been a successful Olympics. They're all, as Gaffney puts it, different kinds of total disasters.
Olympics  RiodeJaneiro  humanrights  critique  corruption  Vice  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
The Heinous Olympification of Seoul | New Republic
When the 2018 Winter Olympics kick off in Pyeongchang, 30 years will have passed since the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Traveling back to Seoul after the New Year’s holiday, I noticed that at City Hall and the National Assembly, at the plazas, the subway stations, and even on billboards, tent occupations and rallies and other signs of dissent were on display, flourishing everywhere even in the freezing temperatures. It was a hopeful sign that the political climate in Korea had changed since the ‘80s—and yet it was disheartening, too, a reminder that some things haven’t changed. As the Olympics leave Rio, and as we look ahead to Pyeongchang and beyond, the question remains troublingly unresolved: Does Olympification always have to mean mass displacement? What does it mean to host the world if you cannot house your own citizens?
Olympics  politics  sport  history  totalitarianism  conflict  gentrification  Seoul  SouthKorea  NewRepublic  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
NBC’s $12 Billion Olympics Bet Stumbles, Thanks to Millennials - Bloomberg
The Summer Olympics ratings slip, the first since 2000, raises fresh doubts about what used to be a sure thing: live sports would be a huge and growing draw no matter what. That’s why NBC parent Comcast Corp. paid $12 billion for exclusive U.S. broadcast rights to the Olympics through 2032. Others, including Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN, 21st Century Fox Inc., Time Warner Inc. and CBS Corp., have made long-term bets on football, baseball and basketball.
To be sure, many sporting events are as big as ever. The Super Bowl in February pulled in 112 million viewers, making it the third most-watched event in TV history. On the other hand, Villanova’s victory over North Carolina in the men’s college basketball championship drew 37 percent fewer viewers than last year’s title game, though that may have had something to do with the fact that, for the first time, the match-up was on a cable channel, not a broadcast network.
Olympics  sport  decline  media  NBC  NBCUniversal  USA  Bloomberg  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
It's official: the Olympics result in the worst budget overruns of any megaproject / Boing Boing
In "The Oxford Olympics Study 2016: Cost and Cost Overrun at the Games," three researchers from the University of Oxford's Said Business School examine the cost estimates and actual costs of every Olympic games since 1960, and finds that they are the most likely of all megaprojects to exceed their estimates, and also exceed those estimates by the largest amount of any megaproject.
Olympics  cost  overrun  research  OxfordUniversity  SaidBusinessSchool  BoingBoing  2016 
july 2016 by inspiral
Tim Harford — Article — How do you make the Olympics pay? Fudge the figures
Don’t get me wrong: I loved the London 2012 Olympics. It was a superb spectacle in its own right and there’s an impressive legacy — some great sporting facilities, a lovely park and new housing in a city that desperately needs it. I just doubt that it was worth what it cost. Very few Olympic Games are.
Olympics  economics  critique  Sydney  LosAngeles  RiodeJanerio  Barcelona  Nagano  SaltLakeCity  author:TimHarford  TimHarford  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
Snapchat Partners with NBC in Unprecedented Olympics Deal | Media - AdAge
The Olympics are coming to Snapchat. The app scored a deal with Comcast's NBC to show highlights from the 2016 Summer Games, the first time the U.S. network has agreed to share video of the sporting contest.
Snapchat will set up a dedicated channel on the mobile app for the games in Rio De Janeiro. News site BuzzFeed will curate short clips and behind-the-scenes content into a Discover channel on the app for two weeks, while Snapchat creates daily "live stories" using content from NBC, athletes and sports fans at the scene.
"We have never allowed the distribution of any game highlights off NBC's own platforms," said Gary Zenkel, president of NBC Olympics. But Snapchat "really effectively reaches a very important demographic in the United States, and is very important to our efforts to assemble the large, massive audience that will show up to watch the Olympic Games."
Olympics  Snapchat  NBC  partnership  SnapchatLiveStories  AdvertisingAge  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
99% Invisible-127- The Sound Of Sports by Roman Mars on SoundCloud - Hear the world’s sounds
hen we think of the sound of sports on TV or radio, it's generally commentary. But sports broadcasts would be nothing without all the sounds that are behind the commentary-- the crowds, the kicks, the thwacks, and the grunts. During the World Cup of 2010, the constant noise of Vuvuzelas made many people realize that the sound of a sports event, something they took for granted, does matter. Dennis Baxter's job is to design the sound of sports, and he is our guide in this documentary. For nearly 20 years he's worked on the Olympics, defining how the broadcast will sound, always trying to increase drama and excitement. For him, closer is generally better. If he can put a microphone on an athlete, he will. At the Oxford-Cambridge boat race, the TV coverage is enhanced by microphones on the cox in each boat. Wimbledon has a special sonic drama all of its own, as we learn from Bill Whiston who mixed the sound of the 2008 finals. When good sound isn't available, it's not uncommon for a prerecorded sound to be added to cover the shot. The experience of "live" events can be highly produced, very different from the experience of being there. Is this enhanced sound so very different from that of a film or a video game? We meet a Hollywood sound effects specialist and a video game sound designer to find out what they do to create a sense of authenticity and excitement. Are they raising our expectations of how "real" sport should sound?
sport  television  radio  videogames  audio  Olympics  WorldCup  99%Invisible  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
Does Hosting the Olympics Actually Pay Off? -
But there is strikingly little evidence that such events increase tourism or draw new investment. Spending lavishly on a short-lived event is, economically speaking, a dubious long-term strategy. Stadiums, which cost a lot and produce minimal economic benefits, are a particularly lousy line of business. (This is why they are usually built by taxpayers rather than by corporations.) And even though Brazil, like other recent hosts, has sought to make stadium spending more palatable by also building general infrastructure, like highways and airports, the public would derive the same benefit at far less cost if the transportation projects were built and the stadiums were not. The Los Angeles Olympics were successful, after all, because planners avoided building new stadiums. Barcelona, long neglected under the rule of Francisco Franco, was in the midst of a renaissance that would have probably occurred without the Olympics.
Olympics  WorldCup  economics  ROI  hosting  RiodeJanerio  LosAngeles  Barcelona  Beijing  Sochi  critique  NYTimes  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
The World Cup’s massive inequality problem is about to blow up -
But the protests that have roiled the country over the past two years and may continue to do so during the World Cup also mirror an emerging global consensus, from Sochi to Miami to Munich, that the professional sports industry has grossly manipulated the public interest. In the United States, the announcement of a publicly funded sports event or facility is routinely accompanied by the prognosis that the handout will not pay off. The International Olympic Committee seems to have only two solid remaining candidates for the 2022 Winter Games: China and Kazakhstan. After Sochi’s colossal expenses and Beijing’s white elephants, who can be surprised that no democracy wants to put the money on the line?
Brazil  Olympics  WorldCup  critique  inequality  development  FIFA  IOC  Salon  2014 
june 2014 by inspiral
Social media not yet a ‘game changer’ for boosting TV viewership -
The social media activity pales in comparison to the average 21m viewers who tuned in for prime time coverage of the game on broadcast television, Mr Wurtzel said.
socialmedia  television  critique  Twitter  Facebook  Olympics  research  NBCUniversal  FinancialTimes  2014 
april 2014 by inspiral
FWA mobile winner | The Visa 360 Cam
The Visa 360 Cam uses interactive panoramic video to create a first person perspective on Olympic training. By tilting and moving your mobile device, you'll shift the POV 360 degrees and see what the athlete sees.
Visa  Olympics  mobileapps  tabletapps  creditcards  mobilevideo  creativeshowcase  FWA  2014 
april 2014 by inspiral

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