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the willingness of international sport organizations, tax-exempt in Switzerland, to get involved with 'unsavoury' regimes to explore new markets doesn't win favours
Unsavoury or BRIC-level organizers are convenient at the times of prolonged economic downturn. The show decline can then be blamed on hapless wannabe organizers, compared serious civilized cities...
by das monde on Sun Mar 9th, 2014 at 04:36:07 PM EST
Interesting. Fifa jumped on the opportunity to have a gold-plated world cup in Qatar. They are going to spend more than $100 billion in preparation, which is not all just for the world cup but those numbers were enticing at the time. Likewise, some IOC people are now saying that it's not their fault Russia spent dozens of billions. Hard to be responsible if you're not accountable to anyone

Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Sun Mar 9th, 2014 at 05:03:25 PM EST
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$100 billion seemed unusually high to me so I googled and found estimates over $200 billion. Absolute insanity.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Sun Mar 9th, 2014 at 06:58:41 PM EST
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I just looked a bit closer at the Colorado 1972 case. The state promised it wouldn't spend more than $5 million. In today's dollars that'd be less than $30 million. That's a difference of two orders of magnitude between then and today's 'normal' winter olympics. Three if you take Sochi.

The Qataris are going all out for the world cup. Building a completely new city for the competition and 12 stadiums (with air conditioning !?) in a country with a population of 2 million. It's a bizarre latter day display of bread and circuses.

Schengen is toast!

by epochepoque on Mon Mar 10th, 2014 at 02:35:10 PM EST
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