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August 16, 2004

Olympic Advice

It would seem that the IOC is shooting itself in the foot by insisting that the Greek Olympic committee give away tickets to events in order to fill the various venues with spectators.

After all, why should your average Greek buy a ticket in advance when odds are that they can get a free one just by waiting a while? Giving away free tickets to this Olympics only exacerbates the problem of empty seats at later ones.

If the IOC is worried that its brand image will somehow be damaged by televised pictures of empty seats at a sports event, then future contracts with the media networks should include a clause stipulating that the use of digitized crowd images in cases where stadiums aren't full. It's not like the viewing experience NBC is handing out is a pristine one, after all.

As to the question of whether or not the IOC should worry about broadcasts of empty-seated arenas, ask yourself this; "When was the last time I met anyone that cared what was going on in the NBA?"

Speaking of the NBA--good for Puerto Rico, more power to them. For that matter, more power to Greece, Australia, Lithuania, Angola and whomever else faces the 2004 USA Men's Olympic Team. I'll pull for them all over the spoiled collection of semi-skilled overpaid brats that the US Olympic committee sent to represent us. I'd pull for the 1972 Russians over this team.

Four words: Go back to college players. Quit begging the stars of the NBA to play. It's evident they don't care enough to indulge in more than a lackadaisical level of play as representatives of the country that made them millionaires. I'd rather American basketball lose with dignity than win without passion--though the spectacle of our international men's team losing without passion was, admittedly, pleasant.

College players may lose, but at least they'll try. At least they'll take pride in being the face of America abroad, rather than regarding it as some form of unwanted community service.

Posted by Bigwig at August 16, 2004 01:00 PM | TrackBack
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The only player I feel sorry for is Tim Duncan- he got stuck with a bad situation IMO.

Posted by: Kevin at August 16, 2004 03:16 PM

The NBA sucks nad this Olympiad will just highlight it. The NBA has more in common with the WWF WWE than it does with the game the rest of the world has been playing.

The Serbioa/Argentina game was a terrific basketball game... the US may not even advance to the medal round, and I'm with you... I'm pulling for the rest of the world.

Posted by: oceanguy at August 17, 2004 09:01 AM

The Olympics were over for me the day they decided to allow the pros to play. No more "miracle on ice", etc. There's also way too many "sports" that have been added. Who cares about having 2 people dive, swim, etc at the same time. What's next? Horseshoes! As to the pro athletes, I already can see them the rest of the year. At least Olympic baseball is still pure! Probably only a matter of time until they screw that up.

Posted by: Mason at August 17, 2004 09:16 AM

I no longer follow pro basketball and I don't recognize half the "stars" on this "dream team." I do recognize the attitude. And it is the direct opposite of that of my favorite player, Bill Russell. Russell stood for teamwork and dignity... class. Today we have crass.

Posted by: Hamp at August 17, 2004 10:38 AM

I found this site with NBA tickets for every team. Figured we were talking NBA. Let me know if you are interested. Sorry to interrupt.

Posted by: NBA Tickets at March 3, 2005 02:58 AM
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