Boston officially out as U.S. Olympic bid, USOC says

The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) has officially severed ties with the Boston 2024 Olympic bid today, ESPN reports.

Earlier today, the Boston bid took a major hit when city mayor Marty Walsh announced that he would not commit to signing the USOC’s agreement and was against committing taxpayer dollars to host the Olympic Games.

That statement left the writing on the wall for the USOC, which has been watching the bid warily ever since selecting Boston out of four other cities back in January. Opposition to an Olympic bid in the city has been strong ever since, with criticism rumbling over the cost of the Games and the city’s viability to adequately host them, among other things.

Apparently Walsh’s refusal to commit was the last straw for the USOC, which announced it would no longer back a Boston bid in a teleconference earlier today.

That leaves the U.S. Olympic Committee in a tight spot. If the USOC still wants to enter a bid for the 2024 Olympics, they’ll have to organize all the details of a new host city within two months, with official bids due to the International Olympic Committee by September 15th.

Los Angeles has been the rumored likely replacement city, as it was arguably Boston’s biggest challenger when the USOC originally selected a host in January.

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Years of Plain Suck

Today’s big winners:
— the city of Boston
— the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Prageeth

Americans want the Olympics to be held in America so they can go to the event, but none of them want it in their hometown because they don’t want to pay for it. What a shame.

PVS Dad

Good for Boston – I hope other cities follow their lead. IOC and FIFA make too much money letting governments pay all the expenses to host their events while the “nonprofits” rake in massive advertising and other revenues. It’s time to clean up international sports, or at least stop participating in the corruption.

jarrettbrown

What does this have to do with FIFA?

mcmflyguy

I think he is just referring too the world cup making countries go bankrupt like the Olympics does.

PVS Dad

Both IOC and FIFA organize large, profitable events that demand host cities/nations spend billions while the so-called organizing committees make millions and live large without even paying significant taxes (since they’re registered nonprofits in see-no-evil, hear-no-evil Switzerland). And by “live large,” I mean fly first-class, live in five-star hotels, and eat in the finest restaurants on the local taxpayer’s dime as a reward for selecting that locality for the dubious honor of rolling out the red carpet to you and your cronies for a few weeks. It’s a nice model to collect all the revenue while someone else pays all the expenses, unless you’re part of the ‘someone else.’ There’s no reason an major city (i.e. New York, London, Tokyo,… Read more »

marley09

They’ll still run the swim meet in their time zone anyway.

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