AirTalk for May 12, 2014

LA’s bid for the 2024 Olympic Games

Olympic Rings

Photo by Shawn Carpenter via Flickr Creative Commons

Taken at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Los Angeles is currently making the bid to host the 2024 Olympic games.

Los Angeles is one of seven U.S. cities vying to host the 2024 Olympic Games. Details of the L.A. bid were revealed last month.

As reported in Inside the Games:

“[T]here would be three main clusters with, at its heart, a primary cluster based in downtown LA containing 12 venues, hosting 19 sports, and potentially the Olympic Village and the International Broadcast Centre. The main stadium would again be the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the centrepiece of the 1932 and 1984 Olympics.The revitalised LA River forms the "spine" of the plan..."

As Angelenos "root root root!" for the Ducks, Kings, Clippers, Dodgers and Angels, are you also rooting for LA Olympics? Numerous studies show Olympics Games are very costly for the cities which host them. What are the benefits of hosting the Games? What are the details of the bid? How does it compare to bids from other cities in the U.S. and around the world?

Guest:

Barry A. Sanders, the chairman of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games


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