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LANE ONE: On volunteerism and the Olympic Games, you see which “economists” actually...

The Associated Press’s Stephen Wade posted a story last Friday entitled “Olympic volunteers: One-time chance, or exploitation?” and proceeded to quote a Drexel Sports Management processor named Joel Maxcy, who called the practice of using volunteers, “To me, it’s very clearly economic exploitation.” The rest of the article struggled to find any prospective volunteers for […]
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TOKYO 2020 Panorama: Government costs are still an issue, but there will be lots...

The cost to the Japanese taxpayer for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo is holding steady – sort of – according to a Thursday...

ATHLETICS: Black Tidings owner admits lying to police on doping cover-up, sentenced to...

The Straits Times of Singapore reported today (17th) that Tan Tong Han, 36, has been sentenced to a week in jail for lying to authorities over payments made to cover up a Russian doping case. Han was the owner of Black Tidings, a defunct “consulting” firm which is in the middle of investigations into bribery […]
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2020 OLYMPIC GAMES: Tokyo organizers get 162,000+ volunteer apps

There is considerable concern about the cost of the Tokyo Games, set to begin in about 18 months. But on another measure of the popularity of the Games, the organizers have nothing to worry about. The first phase of the recruitment drive for volunteers to assist at the Games closed last week, with 80,000 volunteers […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Battle of the budget continues in Tokyo for 2020

The battle of the budget continues at the 2020 Tokyo Games, where a new version of the total financial requirements is due at the end of the year. During the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) meetings in Tokyo (JPN), Tokyo 2020 CEO/Director General Toshiro Muto told reporters that pressure continues to be placed on […]
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Tokyo and Paris sign mutual-cooperation accord, but will they really cooperate?

TSX HEADLINES – for July 13, 2018: With considerable fanfare, the chief executives of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee and Paris 2024 committee signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in various areas to help ensure the success of both Games. It’s a good idea, but will these organizations – and beyond them, the Los […]
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Tokyo and Paris sign mutual-cooperation accord, but will they really cooperate?

TSX HEADLINES – for July 13, 2018: With considerable fanfare, the chief executives of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee and Paris 2024 committee signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in various areas to help ensure the success of both Games. It’s a good idea, but will these organizations – and beyond them, the Los […]
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U.S. Senate hearing outcome: 50% of USOC revenue directly to athletes?

TSX HEADLINES – for June 6, 2018: The headlines from Tuesday’s U.S. Senate sub-committee hearing are all about ex-USA Gymnastics chief Steve Penny invoking the Fifth Amendment and refusing to answer any questions at all. That was not the critical outcome. In fact, the key testimony came before Penny even took his seat at the […]
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U.S. Senate hearing outcome: 50% of USOC revenue directly to athletes?

TSX HEADLINES – for June 6, 2018: The headlines from Tuesday’s U.S. Senate sub-committee hearing are all about ex-USA Gymnastics chief Steve Penny invoking the Fifth Amendment and refusing to answer any questions at all. That was not the critical outcome. In fact, the key testimony came before Penny even took his seat at the […]
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Katie Ledecky’s Star Trek problem: To boldly go where no one has gone...

TSX HEADLINES – for May 18, 2018: In her first swim as a professional athlete, Katie Ledecky set a world record in the 1,500 m Freestyle. Then she won the 400 m Freestyle in a world-leading time on Thursday. But she’s already the best in the world in those events. What about Tokyo in 2020? […]
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Katie Ledecky’s Star Trek problem: To boldly go where no one has gone...

TSX HEADLINES – for May 18, 2018: In her first swim as a professional athlete, Katie Ledecky set a world record in the 1,500 m Freestyle. Then she won the 400 m Freestyle in a world-leading time on Thursday. But she’s already the best in the world in those events. What about Tokyo in 2020? […]
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Combine “Just Say No” with a zero-sum policy to stifle Olympic expansion

TSX HEADLINES – for May 4, 2018: Somewhere deep inside the Tokyo government and the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, a staff member is shaking their head at why – with the Games costing so much – six sports, 18 events and 474 athletes were added at Tokyo’s suggestion to the Olympic program. With the explosion […]
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Combine “Just Say No” with a zero-sum policy to stifle Olympic expansion

TSX HEADLINES – for May 4, 2018: Somewhere deep inside the Tokyo government and the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, a staff member is shaking their head at why – with the Games costing so much – six sports, 18 events and 474 athletes were added at Tokyo’s suggestion to the Olympic program. With the explosion […]
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The new Games: on the beach, in town, maybe in combat?

TSX HEADLINES – for Apr. 23, 2018: The Olympic Games is the pinnacle of sports. But it is not the beginning or the end. Two important organizations, both led by current members of the International Olympic Committee, have joined the International Sports Federations and the National Olympic Committees together for new events, outside of and […]
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The new Games: on the beach, in town, maybe in combat?

TSX HEADLINES – for Apr. 23, 2018: The Olympic Games is the pinnacle of sports. But it is not the beginning or the end. Two important organizations, both led by current members of the International Olympic Committee, have joined the International Sports Federations and the National Olympic Committees together for new events, outside of and […]
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IOC’s attempt to reduce Games costs is all about icing, not the cake

TSX HEADLINES – for Mar. 7, 2018: The International Olympic Committee announced with great fanfare “The New Norm,” a collection of 118 recommendations to the process of bidding, planning and staging the Olympic Games and Winter Games moving forward. The 58-page report claims its concepts could save as much as $959 million if all were […]
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IOC’s attempt to reduce Games costs is all about icing, not the cake

TSX HEADLINES – for Mar. 7, 2018: The International Olympic Committee announced with great fanfare “The New Norm,” a collection of 118 recommendations to the process of bidding, planning and staging the Olympic Games and Winter Games moving forward. The 58-page report claims its concepts could save as much as $959 million if all were […]
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Endgame: Abused gymnasts asking for USOC & USA Gymnastics takeover

TSX HEADLINES – for Mar. 5, 2018: The legal entanglements concerning the Larry Nasser sexual abuse scandal will go on for years. But two of the highest-profile filings, for U.S. gold-medal-winning gymnasts McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman, ask for an unusual remedy. Sure, the normal requests for compensatory damages are in there, as well as […]
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Endgame: Abused gymnasts asking for USOC & USA Gymnastics takeover

TSX HEADLINES – for Mar. 5, 2018: The legal entanglements concerning the Larry Nasser sexual abuse scandal will go on for years. But two of the highest-profile filings, for U.S. gold-medal-winning gymnasts McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman, ask for an unusual remedy. Sure, the normal requests for compensatory damages are in there, as well as […]
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Court of Arbitration for Sport decision may hurt Russia more than the IOC

TSX HEADLINES – for Feb. 2, 2018: The Court of Arbitration for Sport threw out 28 of the International Olympic Committee’s 39 disqualifications for doping from Sochi 2014 and shortened the suspensions of the other 11 to just the PyeongChang Winter Games. A set-back for the IOC? Absolutely. But in the longer term, this could […]
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