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    Originally posted by SignonSandiego.com@ 08/16/04


    How would we not love a local Olympics? Let us count the ways



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    August 16, 2004

    Word has arrived that a high-minded group of binational movers and shakers has officially formed an exploratory committee to try to secure the 2016 Summer Olympics for the San Diego-Tijuana area.

    Once, this would have gotten our juices flowing.

    Now, our reaction is closer to something like: WHAT IN THE NAME OF ALL THAT IS HOLY ARE YOU THINKING?

    Do we really need that mess? We're bursting at the seams on any uneventful day. Our freeways can't handle the "normal" load. Our airport is rinky-dink. Can't wait to see the binational gridlock when events are going on simultaneously at Qualcomm, Petco, Cox Arena, the Del Mar racetrack, USD, UCSD, the Sports Arena, the ARCO Olympic Training Center and the Tijuana bullfight ring on a rush-hour evening.

    Los Angeles could handle it in 1984 because most of the infrastructure was already there (some of it going back to the 1932 Olympics). The thought of current-day San Diego hosting the Games makes our insides go squishy.

    The group behind this quixotic quest calls itself The Binational Organizing Committee. It's binational because the 10-person committee is half Mexican, representing the Tijuana side.

    That makes this bid even more interesting, because the IOC fat cats from Lausanne, Switzerland, are sure to be impressed with the "facilities" in Tijuana and the hours-long waits at the border. Maybe for a little more amusement they'll get strip-searched. (At least they understand how bribes work.)

    And if they don't fly in on their private jets they're sure to be impressed with having to land at LAX or John Wayne or Ontario because Lindbergh Field can't handle the international flights.

    The binational bid committee is co-chaired by San Diego businessman Malin Burnham, who has considerable cachet in sports circles. He helped make the 1992 America's Cup a big success for San Diego and he's helped land Super Bowls for America's Finest City.

    Burnham's theory is that the 2016 bid will be a twofold success even if the Games don't materialize here. He argues that cities that make serious Olympic bids end up producing a lot of civic improvements and new infrastructure. He also says the entire area will benefit from San Diegans and Tijuanans working together for the good of us all.

    That would be a fine sentiment for a Bob Dylan song, circa the 1967 the Summer of Love, but I'm not sure peace-love-and-understanding are a reality anymore for a stressed border area in the era of War on Terror.

    The cost of preparing for and hosting an Olympics would run in the billions, Burnham says, but he believes most funding could be done privately (as was the case in 1984 L.A., 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Salt Lake City).

    Burnham says the Olympics provide "an economic benefit to the host cities" tough Super Bowl backers claim the same thing, while studies show the opposite: The outsiders come in for the game and spend money, but the locals stay home or leave town, and eschew their usual hangouts and entertainment to avoid the hassle. Economically, it's a wash.

    Further, Burnham wrote recently in the Union-Tribune: "Most importantly, however, (an Olympic bid) is an engine for renovation, which will accelerate improvements to our infrastructures. A common cause is needed to accelerate progress. .."

    That could be true in many places, but this is San Diego home of the frivolous lawsuit. Even if the Organizing Committee was to come up with a seemingly workable plan and got everything they hoped, you suspect it would be years late and at considerably more cost than planned.

    To quote the eminent philosopher Ted Leitner, you couldn't get a sandwich built at D.Z. Akins without a lawsuit being filed.

    And with all due respect to Mr. Burnham and the Organizing Committee, we really don't want to be bothered. We got a new baseball stadium. Eventually we'll get a football replacement for Qualcomm. We'll host some more Super Bowls. At some point we'll even get a new airport.

    And that will be enough. Let some other place worry about the Olympics.

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    all the nyc eggs are in the 2012 basket. it's not really like rolling admissions to host the olympics. if we lose the '12 games (which I think we will), you won't see us bid again for a quite awhile. maybe not in our lifetime.

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    Originally posted by y2k8@Aug 17 2004, 07:56 AM
    all the nyc eggs are in the 2012 basket. it's not really like rolling admissions to host the olympics. if we lose the '12 games (which I think we will), you won't see us bid again for a quite awhile. maybe not in our lifetime.
    I don't know about that, this is how Athens got their olympics.

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    Originally posted by BaumerJet+Aug 17 2004, 01:01 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (BaumerJet @ Aug 17 2004, 01:01 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-y2k8@Aug 17 2004, 07:56 AM
    all the nyc eggs are in the 2012 basket. it&#39;s not really like rolling admissions to host the olympics. if we lose the &#39;12 games (which I think we will), you won&#39;t see us bid again for a quite awhile. maybe not in our lifetime.
    I don&#39;t know about that, this is how Athens got their olympics. [/b][/quote]
    Ditto for Salt Lake City...they bid several times.

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