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Second time the charm? What’s next for L.A. in its bid for the 2024 Olympics




A general view of the Olympic Rings at the Aquatic Centre during previews ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Park on July 17, 2012 in London, England.
A general view of the Olympic Rings at the Aquatic Centre during previews ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Park on July 17, 2012 in London, England.
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Now that Boston is out of the picture, the US Olympic Committee is looking at other US cities to bid for the 2024 Games.

And Los Angeles, which Boston beat out, is considered by many the natural second choice. Particularly Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who has been a major force behind the city’s 2024 bid. He said he has not spoken with the committee, but is game for the second chance.

Los Angeles hosted a highly successful Olympics in 1984. The Games drew millions of visitors to the city and provided an undisputed economic boon.

What’s next for L.A. and the bid process? Even if it wins the USOC bid, the ultimate decision rests with the International Olympics Committee. Could L.A. beat out the likes of Rome, Paris and Hamburg, which have expressed interest to put in a bid? Were you in Los Angeles for the 1984 Games? If so, call us and share your memories.

Guests:

David Wharton, sports writer for the Los Angeles Times who’s been covering L.A.’s renewed hope to host the 2024 games.

Andrew Zimbalist, Professor of Economics at Smith College and author of the new book, “Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup” (Brookings Institution Press, 2015)

Nick Roman, KPCC anchor of All Things Considered