2016 Olympics awarded to Rio de Janeiro

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  1. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Did you buy your tickets to the Summer 2016 Olympics yet?

    It was announced today that the Games of the XXXI Olympiad will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5 to August 21, 2016.

    If you stay home in the U.S. you'll get plenty of live TV coverage since Rio is only 1 to 4 hours ahead. 17 days times 24 hours means you could watch the Olympics for 408 straight hours!
     
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    Much nicer than staying up for the Beijing games.
     
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    ESPN is also biding to broadcast the games, and they said no delayed coverage.
     
  5. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Rio? Sweet. Topless women's beach volleyball. :D
     
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    Great. Bob Costas in a Hawaiian shirt for 2 weeks. Will somebody please outbid NBC?!
     
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    Not having looked into it much, why was everyone pushing for rio? Is it an economic thing?
     
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    Awesome! No delayed coverage would be pretty great at home.
    I second this motion.
     
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    Not really all that surprising seeing as Rio deserved it. But it was surprising still that Chicago was eliminated first! What's with that?
     
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    i am actually glad that Chicago didn't get it. the only reason why i would have wanted Chicago is to help the economy.
     
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    although a shame to not have in the states, i think Rio will be be a good host
     
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    I was personally hoping that Chicago would get the games, but oh well. At least the games are in the western hemisphere this time.

    I wonder if NBC is going to get the broadcast rights again. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if they did. The Olympics are really the only thing that NBC has right now.

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    If they do it will cost them.
    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/columnist/mccarthy/2009-09-07-espn-olympics_N.htm
     
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    Let's not forget that the US hosted the games only recently – in 1996 of course. While a twenty year gap seems like ages, it really isn't that long in terms of an event held once every four years – a fact that may have been on the minds of those choosing the host for 2016.
     
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    Then there was Salt Lake City in 2002.

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    First city in South America to get the games.

    Chicago doesn't have the airport space for the games, and their public transport isn't particularly great.
     
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    its all politics...

    european countries vote for europeans
    asian vote for asian
    North and South America vote for North America (until this year and until a South American city was in the running).

    probably what happened is each bloc voted for their continent leaving poor Chicago last place. Chicago really needed Asian votes to dump Tokyo and go with Chicago..that didnt happen. If that were to happen you would have Rio, Madrid, and Chicago. Then Chicago really needed African votes to bypast Madrid, but it never got that far.
     
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    every two years, you mean? winter and summer games haven't been in the same year for some time now. that said, I agree the US really wasn't due for another games having had winter in 02 and summer in 96.
     
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    Not really, Summer Olympics every 4 years, winter Olympics every 4 years.
     
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    There's a good chance ESPN could get the Olympics coverage.

    Reason is simple: because ESPN does not have to cater to over-air "prime time" viewers, they can broadcast almost any event live on ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU/ESPN Classic + ABC regardless of time zone, and ESPN can use its ESPN360.com IPTV service to broadcast multiple streams of live sports from the Games.
     
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    and since they are staggared, its effectlively every 2 years
     
  23. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    I thought O'Hare and Midway were both already at or close to capacity, that's why I said it ;).

     
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    I THIRD THAT MOTION!:p:p:D:D:D

    and it's weird that the olympics will be held their in 2016, and the 2013 FIFA confederations world cup will be their and the 2014 FIFA world cup!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    As a Chicagoan, I'm extremely relieved we're being spared the Games. Now we can focus on the real issues in this city, and King Daley can't use this as a diversion anymore.
     

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