Dick Ebersol resigns as NBC Sports head

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  1. Jun 7, 2011 #101 of 128
    LoadStar

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    I still think that Chicago's summer olympics plan was a solid one, and would love to see them bid again for the 2020 games, but I don't think that will happen. I know many Chicago-area residents were against it.

    I think the best part of the plan was the use of McCormick Place for a ton of the indoor events... that'd be the most interesting thing to see, having all sorts of different indoor events all under one roof.
     
  2. Jun 8, 2011 #102 of 128
    Steveknj

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    I'd love to see NY/NJ get involved in the bidding again. We now have THREE new stadiums, we'll have a recently renovated MSG, a recently built Prudential Center in Newark, the Barclay Center in Brooklyn will be opened by then, and quite possibly a new arena on LI. There are certainly enough venues. The issue I think would be traffic flow more than anything.
     
  3. Jun 8, 2011 #103 of 128
    DevdogAZ

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    Are any of those stadiums big enough to accommodate a track? And several of the venues necessary to host the Summer Games have to be purpose built, like the aquatics center for swimming and diving.
     
  4. Jun 8, 2011 #104 of 128
    Steveknj

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    There are universities that have aquatic centers in the area, although I am not positive where exactly they are. As for track, It is quite possible that Meadowlands Stadium could hold this, I'm not sure if it was built with track in mind or if it's even wide enough around to do so. I don't remember what the plan was when NYC went for the 2008 games, so I am sure it would be something similar, but there are definitely newer stadiums and arenas available this time around.
     
  5. Jun 8, 2011 #105 of 128
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    Not quite apples and oranges, but definitely Red Delicious and Granny Smith. "East/West Hemisphere" is more of a "what time will the events take place where I live" thing.

    There are a couple of other things to consider about 2020:
    First, the effect of the NBC bid - it's quite possible that the amount of the bid included a "nod and a wink" that there would be an "understanding" that North America would get serious consideration in 2020. (I still think there is enough bad blood between the USA and a considerable number of IOC members, for whatever reason, that Toronto would be more likely than Chicago or New York. There's also a wild card - Havana. True, Cuba boycotted 1984 and 1988, but China's boycott of 1988 didn't seem to hurt Beijing's bid too badly, now did it? As for "Does Cuba have the sites?", it hosted the Pan-American Games not too long ago.)

    Second, 2018. If Korea doesn't get 2018, add Tokyo to the possibilities for 2020 using a "we've recovered from the earthquake" sympathy/support strategy.
     
  6. Jun 8, 2011 #106 of 128
    aindik

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    Tennis at the National Tennis Center. Golf out in Bethpage.

    And bring back baseball with major league players. :)

    They proved yesterday that they can play soccer at Citi Field. :)
     
  7. Jun 8, 2011 #107 of 128
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    There is an aquatic center on Long Island that was built for Turner's "Goodwill" games years ago. I think that was going to be used if NY won the last Olympic bid.
     
  8. Jun 8, 2011 #108 of 128
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    I most certainly think there was a "wink and nod" about the 2020 games. The main issue with the US and the IOC members seems to be with the revenue sharing agreement. This is being renegotiated and is close to completion. If that is done (and with the HEFTY fee NBC is paying for rights) they damn well better award the US the games IF WE BID ON THEM. This is the big wildcard as I don't think anyone is preparing a bid and they are due in just a few months.

    I cannot see how Cuba would have the financial resources available to host the games.
     
  9. Jun 8, 2011 #109 of 128
    jsmeeker

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    I bet any aquatic center that exisits today, with the exception of the one built in Beijing for the 2008 games or the one built (being built) in London for the 2012 games won't be "good enough" They made a lot of technical advances in pool design for the Beijing "cube" that may not exisit in anything built prior.
     
  10. Jun 8, 2011 #110 of 128
    DevdogAZ

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    Agreed. There is a ton of technology that makes the water "faster" and allows records to be broken. The potential of breaking records brings viewers. So I think any future host of the Summer Games will have to build a new pool with the latest in pool tech.
     
  11. Jun 9, 2011 #111 of 128
    Azlen

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    A very interesting column about watching tape delayed/DVR'd sports.

    http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/6626431/space-time-dvr-mechanics

    "Why is watching a prerecorded sporting event less pleasurable than watching the same game live?

    This phenomenon is inescapable (I'm sure some might disagree, but not any sports fan I've ever met). It's going to be the principal issue TV audiences have with coverage of the Summer Olympics since live events in London will almost never match up with the prime-time window when NBC will want to show them. For most North Americans with normal jobs, the 2012 Olympics will not be experienced as living history; they will be experienced as recent history. And that will create the same intangible loss."
     
  12. Steveknj

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    To me it doesn't matter if it's live or tape delayed...as long as I don't know the result before watching. And in this day and age, it's almost impossible NOT to find out. But, that said, I may enjoy it less if it's tape delayed and know the result, but I'll still enjoy and watch.
     
  13. aindik

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    I watch baseball games tape delayed nearly every night. I will FFWD to the end sometimes, but only if I realize it's getting late and I won't have time to watch the whole thing.

    Recently I've watched Friday night games on Saturday morning and Saturday night games on Sunday morning.

    And I totally disagree with his point about FFWDing through commercials removing the tension. In fact, in sports with a clock, I FFWD through everything except when the clock ticks, whether it's commercials or other stoppages of play, or even free throws in basketball unless it's late and close.
     
  14. busyba

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    What sucks though is when hockey games go into quintuple-overtime and you don't get to see who won even though you padded the recording by 2 hours. :)
     
  15. frombhto323

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    Yep, that's about right.
     
  16. frombhto323

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    Chicago not getting 2016 was not about USA-hate as much as it was about developing countries (aka sub-Saharan African countries and South American countries) wanting Brazil to get it. Knocking out Chicago in the first round was the surest way to get there. If South Africa throws its hat in the ring for 2024, you might see a replay of that.
     
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    It's not, unless the stands can be moved, which I don't think they can. I can't think of a stadium in the NYC area that has an Olympic-sized track, or can accommodate such, that has more than a few thousand capacity. It would have to be built, probably in Brooklyn or the Bronx.
     
  18. busyba

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    Few were more thrilled than I was when NYC lost their Olympic bid.

    Please don't tempt fate and eff it up for those of us who actually have to live here. :)
     
  19. tem

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    same goes for me in Chicago.
     
  20. Steveknj

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    I frequently watch Rangers hockey games DVRed, and sometimes, if i have to go out on a Sunday, a Giants football game. I enjoy it sometimes knowing I can skip through commercials and halftime/between periods and even between plays in football. Makes it so much faster to watch a game.

    For some reason I don't do it for baseball as much. I think perhaps it's because there are so many games, if I miss a few, it's not a big deal.
     

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