United States Olympic Committee offering 35 US cities an opportunity to bid for the 2024 Olympics

February 22, 2013

Athletics, Business

United States Olympic Committee offering 35 US cities an opportunity to bid for the 2024 Olympics

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The United States Olympic Committee this week sent letters to the mayors of American cities offering them the opportunity to bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

The USOC is skipping the bidding for the 2020 Olympics. The three candidates for those games are Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo, with the IOC to vote September 7, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Los Angeles and Dallas already have expressed interest in hosting the 2024 games, which won’t be awarded until 2017.

New York finished fourth in the international bidding for the 2012 Olympics, played in London. Chicago made a first-round exit in the vote for the 2016 Games, which will be in Rio de Janeiro.

The Summer Games haven’t been in the U.S. since 1996, when Atlanta hosted them.

Other cities around the world that have expressed interest in bidding for the 2024 Games include Paris; Rome; Doha, Dubai; and Durban, South Africa. The IOC vote on the 2024 Games will be in 2017.

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Olympics 2024

USOC’s 2024 Triple-Play Bid-City Letter

By United States Olympic Committee

Finally, a U.S. Olympic bid process that, from the outset, takes the long, strong view.

It only makes sense.

The two people in charge of the U.S. Olympic Committee — chairman Larry Probst and chief executive officer Scott Blackmun — are themselves typically calm and deliberate. But also thoroughly in charge. So it only makes logical sense to see them working this way through the early stages of what might be an American bid for the 2024 summer Games.

The USOC on Tuesday sent out a letter to the mayors of 35 cities that purports to gauge interest in each and any of their towns in making a 2024 bid.

The letter is a triple play.

It is, on one level, genuinely what it purports to be.

It’s also a clever marketing and public-relations device that simultaneously buys time.

It keeps the notion alive in places like Tulsa or Minneapolis that the summer Olympics might, just might, happen there in 2024. Which makes the USOC look really, really good in places like Tulsa or Minneapolis and everywhere else around the United States, which is really, really good for the USOC.

Never say never but — let’s be honest. The odds are long indeed of the summer Games happening in Tulsa, Minneapolis or anywhere on that list but a handful of cities — most likely San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York.
Chicago, the U.S. bid city in 2009 for 2016, would make anyone’s short list as well, of course. But Chicago is not interested, the mayor’s spokeswoman said Tuesday, according to the Chicago Tribune.

To win the summer Games, it takes a combination of factors. It takes, for instance, name value. It takes resource. It takes the story that will convince the International Olympic Committee.

The USOC doesn’t have to decide anything right now. The International Olympic Committee’s deadline for applying isn’t until 2015; the 2020 vote isn’t until 2017. More to the point, the IOC vote for 2020 is this September, and that gives the USOC time enough to graciously let the good people in Indianapolis, Baltimore, Rochester, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, Columbus and more down gently.

New Orleans — which just hosted the Super Bowl — is not on the list of 35. The USOC made it plain, however, the list is not exclusive nor exhaustive; officials said they would be glad to talk 2024 with any reasonable party in the 50 states.

Note that while the USOC had previously expressed interest in exploring opportunities for both the 2024 summer and 2026 Winter Games, and that while those more interested in the 2026 Winter Games might say this letter merely is going out now because the 2024 deadlines are first — that is probably not the case.

The better bet is 2024. That has been clear since the USOC and IOC last year resolved their differences over a longstanding revenue dispute over marketing and broadcast shares, a deal that essentially cleared the way for the USOC to again begin considering Olympic bids.

The USOC letter inviting 2024 interest spells out some of the basic requirements for hosting a Games: 45,000 hotel rooms, an international airport, an Olympic village that sleeps 16,500 and has a 5,000-person dining hall, a workforce of up to 200,000 and more.

It does not — repeat, not — touch on the sensitive issue of the government guarantee the IOC demands from all bidders, a huge challenge for any U.S. bid given the complexities of the American local-state-federal private-public way. That’s for way down the road.

Instead, it does broadly sketch out, albeit unmistakably and unequivocally, and to the USOC’s credit, that the USOC is in charge.

“Our objective in this process,” the letter says, “is to identify a partner city that can work with us to present a compelling bid to the IOC and that has the right alignment of political, business and community leadership.
“We are seeking a partner that understands the value of the Olympic Games and the legacy that can be created not only for their community, but for our country.”

Translation:

The USOC is seeking a partner that understands, fully and completely, that this is an Olympic bid campaign. This is not a campaign for school board, City Hall or even the U.S. Senate. There is nothing remotely like it in American politics.

In this niche, the USOC is the Olympic entity — by order of Congress — in the United States. If you, Mr. or Ms. Mayor, would like to play in the Olympic space, be crystal clear going in you will do so as the junior partner.

Politicians like credit and glory. There will be lots of credit and glory to go around if the bid wins. It may seem elemental but a bid wins by swaying votes within the IOC. There, success or failure truly rests with the USOC.

Also understand this: the United States has never put forward a truly national Olympic bid.

Such a bid holds the potential to be enormously powerful.

It’s why, among other reasons, the USOC is taking its time now for 2024. Because it can.

“Now more than ever, we need to use the power of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to encourage our youth to be active and engaged in sport,” the letter says.

That right there is a tagline, and it would be shocking, indeed, if that line, in some form, doesn’t show up in one of the bid-city videos in the summer of 2017. Whatever city it is.

Below are the 35 cities who received the letter from the U.S. Olympic Committee:

Phoenix, Arizona
Los Angeles, California
Sacramento, California
San Diego, California
San Francisco, California
San Jose, California
Denver, Colorado
Washington, D.C.
Jacksonville, Florida
Miami, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Baltimore, Maryland
Boston, Massachusetts
Detroit, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
St. Louis, Missouri
Las Vegas, Nevada
New York, New York
Rochester, New York
Charlotte, North Carolina
Columbus, Ohio
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Portland, Oregon
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Memphis, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Houston, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Seattle, Washington

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Video: Pittsburgh’s Bid for the Olympics 2024

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Video: 2024 Summer Olympics in Portland? USOC is asking

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Video: 2024 Olympics in Baltimore-Washington Region

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Video: 1984 Trumpet fanfare for the Los Angeles games- Opening Ceremony

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Video: 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games – Opening Ceremony

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Video:  1990 Atlanta 1996 Olympics Bid Video
This was the finale of the final presentation to the I.O.C. by the Atlanta Organmizing Committee. Co-editors were Kitty Ray Swain and Tom Arcuragi at Bottom Lime Productions.

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Video: 1990 IOC Announcement for Atlanta to host the 1996
The last Summer Olympic games held in the United States

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Video: 1996 Atlanta Olympics Opening Ceremonies Intro

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United States Olympic Committee headquarters

United States Olympic Committee headquarters

Since April 2010, the USOC’s headquarters have been located at the corner of Colorado and Tejon in downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado.

United States Olympic Committee

Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., the United States Olympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. As such, the USOC is responsible for the training, entering and funding of U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, while serving as a steward of the Olympic Movement throughout the country.

In addition to its international Games responsibilities and its work to advance the Olympic Movement, the USOC aids America’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes through their National Governing Bodies, providing financial support and jointly working to develop customized, creative and impactful athlete-support and coaching education programs.

The USOC also supports U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes on and off the field of play through programming such as direct athlete funding, health insurance, tuition grants, media and marketing opportunities, career services and performance-based monetary rewards. In addition, the Olympic Training Center facilities provide athletes with performance services, including sports medicine; strength and conditioning; psychology, physiology and nutrition assistance; and performance technology.

Additionally, the USOC oversees the process by which U.S. cities bid to host the Olympic/Paralympic Games, the Youth Olympic Games or the Pan/Parapan American Games, while also playing a supporting role in the bid processes for hosting a myriad of other international competitions. Further, the USOC approves the U.S. trials sites and procedures for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games team selections.

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