Won't it be hard to run and swim in a radiation protective suit?
Well, the swimmers won't have to shave. All their hair will fall out from the radiation. Teeth too. Anyway, Godzilla's probably going to win every event.
The winners will get plutonium medals.
Bad choice, it's poisonous there.
1. Do you think it was a "pity" vote?
2. Have the Olympics ever had to change a host city for any reason after announcing it?
Nos rindamos. Japoneses maman las vergas del COI.
R7 Denver was awarded the 1976 Winter Games but after voters rejected a bond to finance the games, it was reawarded to Innsbruck, Austria.
Tokyo was largely considered the safest choice of the three finalists, although I think Istanbul would have been a better choice.
Wrong fake Asian language, but R2 still gets today's gold star.
Well, Turkey has been having lot of riots demanding more freedom for the citizens, so that uncertainty probably played its part. And to my understanding Turkey is not really known for its love for gays or otherwise different people so maybe they were afraid of Sochi 2.0.
Istanbul is of course quite modern when compared to the small towns.
Next up: grow in the dark rate night fun run!
Three poor choices: Madrid and its horrible economy; Istanbul with last year's riots and proximity to Syria; and radioactive Tokyo.
We have super happy double fun glowing time at Orimpics!
Istanbul is due for a mega-earthquake within the next 20 years so that was probably a safer choice.
Why not Madrid? Clearly it's the least bad choice.
oh no! radiation!
Madrid would have been better. It was a sea of bad choices all around though.. radioactive Japan, financial crisis hit Spain or riots plaguing the Middle East, not too far from Istanbul.
And we're in the Opening Ceremony!
what will be our mascot? self-luminous Pokémon?
Horrible choice for any hope of live TV coverage in North America. Western Europe would have meant at least some live finals in primetime or latenight.
Of course, everything will be available instantly on demand by then, but still, a 10 hour time delay or whatever makes it hard on workdays
I'm glad Madrid didn't get it. The Spanish can be so arrogant and also racist. Anyone remember in 2008 when multiple Spanish athletes posed by slanting their eyes because they were in China? WTF is that about? Fuck you, Madrid.
Will the emperor parachute into the stadium like Queen Elizabeth II, or will he rise from a florescent pool of radioactive water like a Phoenix from the ashes symbolizing Japan's post-war economic recovery and its will to recover from the tsunami and radioactive mess?
We will have completed our destruction of their shinto and buddhist patrimony by then
What would the Japanese call the equivalent of the China Syndrome?
Hopefully they haven't reached whatever it is (the Brazil Syndrome?) before the Olympics.
R30, sure, because racism is clearly so much better than homophobia.
[quote]South Korea Bans Fukushima Fish
I don't care for the Fukushima Fish either. But give me a Yokohama Mama any day!
Japan isnt gay unfriendly. They dont have gay rights but there aren't laws against them to my knowledge. It's not as bad as China.
Turkey isnt that bad a place to be as a gay person either. Well i bet they got a lot of anti gay violence there,
Super happy fun time!
Prepare to dash through whipped cream hurdles and slimy pool.
Everyone must wear neon.
I didn't find China to be anti-gay at all, at least places like Beijing and Shanghai. In fact, there was more gay life there than in Japan.
Did they ever apologize for Pearl Harbor?
By the time 2020 rolls around, Turkey will have two coups and a civil war.
[quote]Of course, everything will be available instantly on demand by then, but still, a 10 hour time delay or whatever makes it hard on workdays
The world doesn't revolve around the USA, dope.
[quote]riots plaguing the Middle East, not too far from Istanbul.
Because Istanbul itself has been oh-so-calm this summer???? Idiot.
r38 and Tokyo will have been destroyed by Godzilla.
R36 i meant law-wise.
The chinese government is highly oppressive in general. It takes one wrong move and they'd probably recriminalize it. It's like russia in the sense that they will have no protests or chllenges to their laws!
Spain was deep into a doping scandal. Made much worse by the fact they only recently passed anti-doping laws.
R22 Obviously, the mascot will be Blinky, the Three-Eyed Fish.
[quote]Obviously, the mascot will be Blinky, the Three-Eyed Fish.
Call me Brinky-san.
In an unusual break from tradition, the bronze, silver, and gold medals will be replaced with ones made of Cesium-137, Strontium-90 and Uranium-235.
Godzilla will be fully gestated by then. Possibly Mothra too.
I was hoping for Madrid. The people there need a boost.
Why do city's want the Olympics? They wreak economic havoc wherever they go! I cheered for the people of Chicago when they lost their bid.
Once again racist DL posters think it is totally acceptable and hilarious to mock the Japanese with the supposed inability to pronounce English correctly.
R52 exactly. There are always some pathetic posters in every thread. I'm glad Tokyo got it instead of racist Spanish in Madrid.
[quote]Once again racist DL posters think it is totally acceptable and hilarious to mock the Japanese with the supposed inability to pronounce English correctly.
Embarrassing to think they're most likely older than 14, isn't it?
Turkey is probably the most liberal of the Middle Eastern nations. Plus, by 2020 any of the dangers that the Olympic Committee were so afraid of will probably have dissipated while Japan's growing radioactive problems will only increase with time.
It should have gone to Istanbul. Mark my words.
Is it part of a conspiracy to pretend there is nothing wrong re radiation? So many countries depend on nuclear energy to some degree.
yep r57...no problems here just ignore all the babies with 4 hands
R55, by 2020 Turkey's political and, most importantly, economic situation will have got worse.
Plus, Istanbul's proposal was way too ostentatious, making it the kind of construction plan that would be hampered by delays and ballooning costs. And, just think of the problems created by proposals to renovate a park in downtown Istanbul.
Where are the Winter Olympics going to be in 2018? Has that been decided yet?
R60 PyeongChang, South Korea.
FYI the 2024 Summer Games are widely expected to go to Paris.
On a related but not really not, does anyone know why NBC pays so much money for the Olympic games? It seems like they pay quite a bit more than other broadcasting companies. Is it determined by population or what?
NBC pays for the rights because it is a money maker. NBC makes a lot of money from the Olympic games.
The Olympic Games are a great platform for advertising the fall season's new shows.
That's why the failure of NBC's 2012-2013 season was so remarkable.
I will be MC for the opening ceremonies.
I know NBC makes money on the games but why do they pay so much more than say, BBC or CBC for broadcasting rights? How does the IOC determine what to charge everyone?
[quote]Three poor choices: Madrid and its horrible economy.
How would that affect the games? Madrid should have got it.
[quote]Why do city's want the Olympics? They wreak economic havoc wherever they go!
Unless you do it *right*
[quote]I know NBC makes money on the games but why do they pay so much more than say, BBC or CBC for broadcasting rights? How does the IOC determine what to charge everyone?
The IOC doesn't charge a fee, r69. Rather, the broadcasters for each country (or region) bid for the contract to have exclusive rights to the coverage.
So in recent years NBC had offered up the biggest deal to carry the Olympics in the U.S. and therefore has been awarded the contract.
How much do they overbid vs. the other TV networks? I don't know the answer to that.
But their primetime coverage always dominates the ratings during the Olympics, so I'm sure they are able to collect a decent price for advertising. And as r67 said, they do a lot of promotion for other NBC programming during the games.
Too bad, Madrid would be a fabulous backdrop for the Olympics. I sure hope their economy would be getting better by 2020! They probably don't have to build too much infrastructure either. Like London, a lot of it is probably already built.
The IOC was under the gun for a number of bad choices, not least of which was Sochi. But Rio is also looking questionable. Of course, it's really difficult, seven years out, to tell whether a city is going to be a good destination. But Tokyo was certainly the safe choice, as between it, Istanbul, and Madrid.
Plus, one needs to remember that the IOC is the most corrupt of all international organizations, with the exception of FIFA. So money talks as well.
Also, isn't NBC's (or whichever American network were to bid the most) either the single biggest payment to the IOC, or at least one of the biggest?
Having chosen Tokyo will likely mean pretty much all the important events will be recorded and broadcast on delay on TV in the Western hemisphere (as was the case with Beijing). How much does that affect the value of TV rights in the US?
I don't know why any city would want the Olympics. It doesn't help the local economy at all; in fact, it usually hurts it.
What the fuck am I going to wear?
[quote]What the fuck am I going to wear?
I suggest this:
[quote]Having chosen Tokyo will likely mean pretty much all the important events will be recorded and broadcast on delay on TV in the Western hemisphere (as was the case with Beijing). How much does that affect the value of TV rights in the US?
I think NBC prefers it that way, r75. They do make many events available live throughout the day on their various channels, and most events can be viewed live online.
But they hold off the majority of the most popular events until primetime. Not showing them live allows NBC to 'produce' them into a neat little package that tells a touchy-feely story the way they like to do. That way they can only show the highlights they want to, and aren't bogged down by waiting through the athletes that they don't want to feature as they'd have to do if they were showing it live.
The way they do it annoys the hell out of me, but based on how well the London ratings were in the US, apparently it works to package the primetime show they way that they do.