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LANE ONE: Is the new LA 2028 budget of $6.88 billion really serious,...

Ever since the late Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau famously claimed – six years prior to the 1976 Olympic Games in his city – that “The Games could no more run a deficit than a man could have a baby,” observers have closely watched Olympic budgets. Drapeau’s claim, of course, turned out to be a colossal […]
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HEARD AFTER HALFTIME: Tough times for Jamaican track … off the field?

News, views and noise from the non-stop, worldwide circus of Olympic sport: ● Athletics ● Uneasy signs for the sport in Jamaica, where this weekend’s Jamaica International Invitational – an IAAF World Challenge meet – was canceled for lack of funding. Jamaica Athletics president Dr. Warren Blake said in a statement, “We have managed to run […]
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LANE ONE: Getting Team USA gear is a lot easier now than it...

Olympic bronze medalist Anita DeFrantz filed an unsuccessful lawsuit against U.S. President Jimmy Carter to try and overcome his American boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, and for the only time in the history of the modern Games of the Olympiad, there was no American team. DeFrantz was later elected to the International […]
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LANE ONE: Planning your time off for 2020 yet? How about U.S. Trials...

With the announcement of St. Louis, Missouri as the site for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials for men and women, the United States Olympic Committee – and its television partner, NBC – have assembled two weeks of continuous Olympic Trials action for next June. Over the course of almost a year, four U.S. Trials events […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: USA Gymnastics’ future collides with its present over the next seven...

On Tuesday, USA Gymnastics announced that the 2020 Olympic Trials in Artistic Gymnastics will be held at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Missouri...

LANE ONE: The LA28-USOC deal with NBC could be just the beginning

Words like “visionary” and “unprecedented” and “revolutionary” have been thrown about over the past week about the agreement between NBCUniversal, the Los Angeles 2028 organizing committee and the United States Olympic Committee to combine their sales efforts. In fact, this might only be the beginning. The deal was hailed as a game-changer, but it really […]
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LANE ONE: USOC Board focuses on Congress, athlete advocacy and gymnastics in L.A....

The United States Olympic Committee has been battered by accusations and scandal, hammered in Congressional hearings, changed out its leadership … and got the message. The USOC Board of Directors met in Los Angeles, California on Thursday and Board chair Susanne Lyons and chief executive Sarah Hirshland spoke to reporters afterwards by conference call. They […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: With Congress on its tail, USOC is putting heat on...

Stung by the multiple Congressional inquiries into its responses – or lack of responses – to the sexual-abuse situations in swimming, gymnastics and other sports, the United States Olympic Committee has begun an intense program of review of its affiliated National Governing Bodies. The USOC has already begun the process of formally revoking the status […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: German Cartel Office relaxes IOC’s Rule 40 restrictions through 2026

A long administrative process that began in 2017 resulted in a decision issued Wednesday (27th) that “extended” the personal advertising activities of German athletes...

THE BIG PICTURE: USA Gymnastics hires a new chief executive (again)

USA Gymnastics has been targeted by the United States Olympic Committee for de-certification as the National Governing Body for the sport, but it isn’t acting like it. On Tuesday, the organization announced that Li Li Leung, a Vice President of the National Basketball Association (NBA), has agreed to become the next USAG President and Chief […]
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LANE ONE: The USOC figured out that it has an undiscovered sponsor: the...

With all of the news about Congressional commissions and inquiries into the United States Olympic Committee, an important story appeared in the 21 January issue of the Sports Business Journal. Titled, “USOC, NCAA agree to allow schools to promote their Olympic ties,” reporter Ben Fischer described a new program developed by the USOC’s collegiate partnerships […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: USA Gymnastics stays on course, makes new hires

For an organization that the United States Olympic Committee is trying to destroy, USA Gymnastics seems quite alive and even well. New USAG chair Kathryn Carson posted an open message on the usagym.org site on 17 January, noting: ● “We have made executive leadership changes, and we are close to hiring a new president and […]
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LANE ONE: “Team Integrity” has its own recommendations for USOC reform; some of...

The introduction of a bill by Colorado Senator Cory Gardner (R) to form a Congressionally-managed committee to review the operations of the United States Olympic Committee is having a salutary effect on the discourse surrounding the USOC. It’s getting more pertinent. One of the most vocal critics, the self-identified “Committee to Restore Integrity to the USOC,” […]
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SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Monday, 21 January 2019

Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of what happened over the last 72 hours in Olympic sport: LANE ONE: Monday: Part two of our early-on look at what a Congressional commission reviewing the status of the United States Olympic Committee and the U.S. National Governing Bodies might turn […]
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LANE ONE: More projections on what the Commission on the State of U.S....

Last Tuesday’s introduction of a bill by U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) may be the start of a process which will empanel a 16-member working group to be called the “Commission on the State of U.S. Olympics and Paralympics.” According to Gardner’s bill, its task will be to conduct a nine-month review of the USOC […]
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SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Friday, 18 January 2019

Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of the week (so far) in the turbulent world of international sport: LANE ONE: Wednesday: There really is a change going on in Olympic bidding, if you believe what the Milan-Cortina bid has in their presentation submitted on 11 January. Its organizing […]
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LANE ONE: What will the Commission on the State of U.S. Olympics and...

The introduction of a bill by U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) on Wednesday is the first step on what could be a fairly rapid process – in government terms – to review the current status of the United States Olympic Committee. Brought into disrepute by its slow and uncertain reaction to sexual abuse in multiple […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Colorado Senator Gardner introduces bill to review the USOC

Now we are getting serious. After all of the posturing, press releases and yelling about reform of the United States Olympic Committee, the only body...

LANE ONE: Athlete protests about the USOC demonstrate how to miss an opportunity

Much has been made over the past several days about protests from a group of athletes calling themselves the “Committee to Restore Integrity to the United States Olympic Committee and the USOC’s own reply. What’s all the fuss about? In short: ● On 2 January, the USOC announced the appointment of three new Board members: […]
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LANE ONE: Ready for chaos? This might be the year for it in...

If you thought 2018 was a rough year for the Olympic Movement, in board rooms, courtrooms and the halls of the U.S. Congress, get your seat belts fastened for an even rockier ride in 2019. At the start of the year, there are already more than a handful of issues set to explode (or implode, […]
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