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Why do cities want the Olympics when cities loose so much money for sponsoring the Olympics?

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People with business and other vested interests want them.Children want them.Out of towners want them.That just leaves the fools who overlook the disruption,cost and futility of the event.

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So they can loose money while gaining worldwide recognition!
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I thought it would be another excess to raise our taxes to pay off the debt.

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People with business and other vested interests want them.Children want them.Out of towners want them.That just leaves the fools who overlook the disruption,cost and futility of the event.
It will be financed by the national lottery I hear, aka 'the low IQ tax', so a bunch of freaks can run in circles, watched by comatose couch potatoes stuffing excess calories down their necks. The irony of this news, next to the end-world-poverty-and-famine fest is something special. Pass me the remote control and a bag of chips.
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People with business and other vested interests want them.Children want them.Out of towners want them.That just leaves the fools who overlook the disruption,cost and futility of the event.
It will be financed by the national lottery I hear, aka 'the low IQ tax', so a bunch of freaks can run in circles, watched by comatose couch potatoes stuffing excess calories down their necks. The irony of this news, next to the end-world-poverty-and-famine fest is something special. Pass me the remote control and a bag of chips.
Maybe in Europe and some of our swarthier nations, but here it's all about NASCAR & American Idol.....People don't have the stomach for feats of strength.....Unless it involves girl skaters and crowbars to the shin.......Now that was entertainment.

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RE: Why do cities want the Olympics

Prior to the Los Angeles Summer games, the Olympics were a losing proposition. Peter Uberroth (sp?) showed that by licensing everything ("the official toilet paper of the Olympic Games!") and charging to carry the torch one could make tons of money on the Olympics. Many games since then have made lots of money.

Cities wouldn't fight over bids if they expected to lose money these days. It can't be justified to taxpayers.

Greece had the double misfortune of bad press; in particular, with their construction woes; and security concerns. The latter may have been due to their proximity to the mid-east. Maybe a forum member from Greece can provide better specifics.

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