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(Guardian)   Not so fast, we can't allow you to wear your Pepsi® shirt to The Olympics. I'm sorry, I mean Coca-Cola®'s The Olympics. Excuse me, I mean McDonald's® and Coca-Cola® Present The Olympics Featuring Adidas®   ( guardian.co.uk) divider line
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2012-07-21 10:00:18 PM  
3 votes:
Exclusive sponsorship and broadcasting deals are quite possibly the worst thing ever to happen to the Olympics.
2012-07-21 09:57:08 PM  
3 votes:
The Olympics are an elitist cash grab masquerading as sport. They don't give a flying fark about any God Damned thing but the cash.
2012-07-21 11:01:17 PM  
2 votes:
Yeah, but they're also explicitly banning vuvuzelas. So they got that right, at least.
2012-07-21 08:32:32 PM  
2 votes:
The more I hear and learn about the Olympics the more terrible it sounds.
2012-07-22 11:45:05 PM  
1 vote:

intelligent comment below: gwowen: FormlessOne: More sports are now agitating for professional players to be allowed, now that we've opened that door.

What? Are there *any* sports for which
i) sport is represented at the Olympics
ii) professional players exist
iii) said professional players are ineligible to compete at the Olympics?

Which sports are they?

Some still have some limits, such as soccer who only allows 3 over aged 23 players.

The rules for allowing professionals is very new. Before it was college aged kids who weren't allowed to compete if they turned professional.

Yep. The push started in the 80's, when television & sponsors pushed their demands for exposure & ratings, and let's face it, you couldn't sell amateur athletes. You could sell professionals - they already had a built-in fan base and could be more easily marketed. Various countries complained about the technicalities associated with "amateur" versus "professional." However, it didn't really fall apart until 1992.

We did this, 20 years ago, just so we could brag about the "Dream Team." We couldn't field a competitive men's basketball team using only amateur players, because our best & brightest were going professional pretty much right out of school. We used our clout, combined with pressures supplied by both national & international sports organizations, to finally turn the Olympics from a representative ideal into a fully-marketed corporate franchise.

Now, the corporations call the shots for the Olympics - and not just for the athletes any more. The corporations get to tell the fans what to eat, how to dress, and where to go, and the IOC has enormous leverage within the host country.
2012-07-22 02:38:11 AM  
1 vote:

ox45tallboy: Great Janitor: Okay, I'll make you a deal, I won't wear anything offensive, but dammit, if I wear the shirt of the rival company of the company sponsoring the event, it's going to take the orders of a judge to get me to remove it before entering your building. Ban me for wearing it? Either refund my ticket money or Facebook, Twitter and an email to every news company in the area about what happened will proceed, plus I will get into contact with the sponsoring company and it's rival. When finished, you'll wish you had not banned me. Especially if I get a sleazy lawyer into the mix who agrees with me that it's a violation of my right to free speech (which is lawyer speak for: "You have deep pockets").

You do realize that the Olympics aren't in the United States, right?

I didn't say the Olympics. I just said 'the event'. I actually wrote that to imply that any event I attend. I guess I should have actually made that a bit more clear.
2012-07-21 10:44:01 PM  
1 vote:
The Puppy Bowl should have an olympic edition.
Though a week long Puppy Bowl might be a bit much.
2012-07-21 10:41:29 PM  
1 vote:
The Olympics. NASCAR run by Republicans.
2012-07-21 10:21:52 PM  
1 vote:

TommyymmoT: As evidenced in 1992, with their "Triplecast" coverage, in which you had to pay (pay per view) to watch quite a bit of it.

And that flopped miserably.

LarryDan43: Do you realize how many bribes and backroom deals it takes to land an Olympics? Mayor Daley couldn't even get it done.

Utah might be why it's a while before the US gets another Olympics. They have all these facilities, like the bobsled/luge/skeleton track, but where as in Europe a kid can get their parents to by them a luge or skeleton sled and go to the local track and just slide for fun, there is no such thing at the SLC facilities. Besides hobbling the United States as far as competition, not having it open for just recreational use, is going to irk the IOC. And then there's how the US treats the Paralympics. Which is actually a bigger issue.
2012-07-21 10:14:50 PM  
1 vote:
Do you realize how many bribes and backroom deals it takes to land an Olympics? Mayor Daley couldn't even get it done.

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2012-07-21 10:02:43 PM  
1 vote:

Millennium: Exclusive sponsorship and broadcasting deals are quite possibly the worst thing ever to happen to the Olympics.

quoted for truthiness, bares repeating, this.
2012-07-21 09:52:23 PM  
1 vote:
Cause when I think of people who are in good athletic shape, I think of McD's and Coke.

/ this comment brought to you in part by Gatorade and Powerbar
2012-07-21 09:40:07 PM  
1 vote:

TheManofPA: Luckily, they did override his comments. The McD's and Coke things with merchandise wouldn't be as bad, but man, could you imagine if you could wear only Adidas gear. Most of the populous wouldn't have been allowed in by wearing anything Nike and Reebok sports related (like most jerseys/hats).

No, I can't imagine that in a free country you can't wear what you like while attending a public event. How much hold do corporations have over our lives that they can dictate this kind of bullshiat? Even if he got "overruled" and you can wear what you like, the fact that this is even a topic of discussion shows mega corporations have too much farking power.
2012-07-21 09:33:07 PM  
1 vote:
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2012-07-21 08:39:03 PM  
1 vote:
That's worse than soccer when it comes to advertising and sponsorship it seems. What a circus.
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