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BREAKING: Tokyo wins vote to host 2020 Olympics

BREAKING: Tokyo wins vote to host 2020 Olympics

YIKES!

by Anonymousreply 8109/09/2013

Oh, and here's a link.

by Anonymousreply 109/07/2013

Won't it be hard to run and swim in a radiation protective suit?

by Anonymousreply 309/07/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 409/07/2013

The winners will get plutonium medals.

by Anonymousreply 509/07/2013

Bad choice, it's poisonous there.

by Anonymousreply 609/07/2013

2 questions:

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?

by Anonymousreply 709/07/2013

Nos rindamos. Japoneses maman las vergas del COI.

by Anonymousreply 809/07/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 909/07/2013

Wrong fake Asian language, but R2 still gets today's gold star.

by Anonymousreply 1009/07/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1109/07/2013

Three poor choices: Madrid and its horrible economy; Istanbul with last year's riots and proximity to Syria; and radioactive Tokyo.

by Anonymousreply 1409/07/2013

Istanbul is due for a mega-earthquake within the next 20 years so that was probably a safer choice.

by Anonymousreply 1609/07/2013

Why not Madrid? Clearly it's the least bad choice.

by Anonymousreply 1709/07/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1909/07/2013

And we're in the Opening Ceremony!

by Anonymousreply 2009/07/2013

Why "Yikes"?

by Anonymousreply 2109/07/2013

what will be our mascot? self-luminous Pokémon?

by Anonymousreply 2209/07/2013

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

by Anonymousreply 2309/07/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2409/07/2013

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?

by Anonymousreply 2509/07/2013

We will have completed our destruction of their shinto and buddhist patrimony by then

by Anonymousreply 2609/07/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2709/07/2013

"We'll Light Up Your Life"!!

by Anonymousreply 2809/07/2013

'The lie of Fukushima'

by Anonymousreply 2909/07/2013

R24, at least the Spanish are gay friendly. The Japanese.. not so much. Spain is actually proven by research to be the most gay friendly country in the world.

by Anonymousreply 3009/07/2013

South Korea Bans Fukushima Fish As Radiations Fears Spread (Video)

by Anonymousreply 3109/07/2013

R30, sure, because racism is clearly so much better than homophobia.

by Anonymousreply 3209/07/2013

[quote]South Korea Bans Fukushima Fish

I don't care for the Fukushima Fish either. But give me a Yokohama Mama any day!

by Anonymousreply 3309/07/2013

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,

by Anonymousreply 3409/07/2013

Super happy fun time!

Prepare to dash through whipped cream hurdles and slimy pool.

Everyone must wear neon.

Go!

by Anonymousreply 3509/07/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3609/07/2013

Did they ever apologize for Pearl Harbor?

by Anonymousreply 3709/07/2013

By the time 2020 rolls around, Turkey will have two coups and a civil war.

by Anonymousreply 3809/07/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 3909/07/2013

[quote]riots plaguing the Middle East, not too far from Istanbul.

Because Istanbul itself has been oh-so-calm this summer???? Idiot.

by Anonymousreply 4009/07/2013

r38 and Tokyo will have been destroyed by Godzilla.

by Anonymousreply 4109/07/2013

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!

by Anonymousreply 4209/07/2013

Spain was deep into a doping scandal. Made much worse by the fact they only recently passed anti-doping laws.

by Anonymousreply 4409/07/2013

R22 Obviously, the mascot will be Blinky, the Three-Eyed Fish.

by Anonymousreply 4509/07/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4709/07/2013

Godzilla will be fully gestated by then. Possibly Mothra too.

by Anonymousreply 4809/07/2013

I was hoping for Madrid. The people there need a boost.

by Anonymousreply 4909/08/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 5009/08/2013

*cities

Ouch.

by Anonymousreply 5109/08/2013

Once again racist DL posters think it is totally acceptable and hilarious to mock the Japanese with the supposed inability to pronounce English correctly.

by Anonymousreply 5209/08/2013

R52 exactly. There are always some pathetic posters in every thread. I'm glad Tokyo got it instead of racist Spanish in Madrid.

by Anonymousreply 5309/08/2013

[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?

by Anonymousreply 5409/08/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 5509/08/2013

This may have helped win Tokyo the vote.

by Anonymousreply 5609/08/2013

Is it part of a conspiracy to pretend there is nothing wrong re radiation? So many countries depend on nuclear energy to some degree.

by Anonymousreply 5709/08/2013

yep r57...no problems here just ignore all the babies with 4 hands

by Anonymousreply 5809/08/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 5909/08/2013

Where are the Winter Olympics going to be in 2018? Has that been decided yet?

by Anonymousreply 6009/08/2013

R60 PyeongChang, South Korea.

FYI the 2024 Summer Games are widely expected to go to Paris.

by Anonymousreply 6109/08/2013

Pyeongchang, South Korea, R60.

by Anonymousreply 6209/08/2013

to die for

by Anonymousreply 6309/08/2013

I can't wait for the Orimpics

by Anonymousreply 6409/08/2013

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?

by Anonymousreply 6509/08/2013

NBC pays for the rights because it is a money maker. NBC makes a lot of money from the Olympic games.

by Anonymousreply 6609/08/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 6709/08/2013

I will be MC for the opening ceremonies.

by Anonymousreply 6809/08/2013

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?

by Anonymousreply 6909/08/2013

[quote]Three poor choices: Madrid and its horrible economy.

How would that affect the games? Madrid should have got it.

by Anonymousreply 7009/08/2013

[quote]Why do city's want the Olympics? They wreak economic havoc wherever they go!

Unless you do it *right*

by Anonymousreply 7109/08/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 7209/08/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 7309/08/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 7409/08/2013

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?

by Anonymousreply 7509/08/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 7609/08/2013

What the fuck am I going to wear?

by Anonymousreply 7709/08/2013

[quote]What the fuck am I going to wear?

I suggest this:

by Anonymousreply 7809/08/2013

R74, I wouldn't say that Tokio is 'safe' after Fukushima disaster......

by Anonymousreply 7909/08/2013

LOL, R78.

by Anonymousreply 8009/09/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 8109/09/2013
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