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The newly unveiled logo for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympics Games combines two iconic symbols associated with the Games – a gold medal and the Olympic torch – which combine to form an image of Marianne, a female figure representing the French Republic  This is the first time the Olympic logo will be shared with the Paralympic Games.

• The late golf icon Arnold Palmer will be commemorated with a Forever Stamp from the U.S. Postal Service in 2020. The stamp features James Drake's action photo of Palmer at the 1964 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp.

• Dr Teal's Epsom Salts has signed All Pro TE Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys) and two-time defending Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald (Los Angeles Rams) to explain in marketing the “benefits of balancing rigorous workouts with regimented muscle recovery in order to achieve and maintain peak performance.”

• Sacramento, California's capital city, has been awarded an MLS expansion team with Sacramento Republic FC becoming the league's 29th team and beginning play in MLS in 2022. The club will build a new, $300 million, 20,100-seat soccer stadium in the downtown Railyards District. 

• The Professional Baseball Agreement between MLB and minor league teams expires at the end of the 2020 season. But if a new MLB proposal were to become reality, more than three dozen cities with affiliated minor league teams will lose those teams a year from now and thousands of minor league players will be out of work as well. Full story here.

• Halloween this year is Oct. 31, and retailers, marketers and consumers are ready for another season of trick-or-treat. Total spend on Halloween 2019 is expected to reach $8.8 billion according to the National Retail Federation, Washington, DC. Full story here. 

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Team USA, Los Angeles All In To Host ’28 Summer Games, Paris Preps For ’24

By Barry Janoff

July 31, 2017: Need a travel itinerary for the Summer of 2024 or 2028?

Confirming a plan that has been brewing for several months, the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic Bid Committee confirmed today that they would work with the International Olympic Committee to host the Summer Games in 2028.

The move leaves the 2024 Summer Games to Paris, the only other city that was bidding on upcoming Summer Olympics.

The move follows the IOC’s recent decision to name host cities for both 2024 and 2028 when its executive committee meets this coming September.

Both cities remained in the running for the 2024 Games after several other cities dropped out of the bidding process, including Rome, Budapest, Hamburg and Boston.

As the two-city competitive process progressed, the LA 2024 committee blinked first, saying, "LA 2024 has never been only about L.A. or 2024" and that it was not a matter of 2024 or bust.

Paris organizers, however, were adamant about hosting the 2024 Games.

According to the USOC, under the terms of the Host City Contract 2028, the IOC would advance funds to a Los Angeles Organizing Committee “in view of the longer planning period and to increase participation and access to youth sports programs in the City of Los Angeles in the years leading up to the Games.”

"The IOC contribution as stipulated by the HCC is $1.8 billion and has the potential to exceed $2 billion, according to the evaluation of the L.A. bid committee when taking into account the estimated value of existing sponsor agreements to be renewed and potential new marketing deals."

According to the USOC, the Los Angeles City Council and the USOC Board of Directors would consider the agreement for approval in August.

If approved, the IOC, Los Angeles and Paris “may enter a tripartite agreement, clearing the way for IOC membership to simultaneously confirm the Olympic Games 2024 to Paris and the Olympic Games 2028 to Los Angeles at the next IOC session” in Lima, Peru on Sept 13.

The Los Angeles bid committee has already changed its social media hash tag to #LA2028.

"The IOC welcomes this decision of the Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic bid committee," IOC president Thomas Bach said in a statement. They presented a strong and enthusiastic candidature that embraces the Olympic Agenda 2020 sustainability priorities by incorporating existing facilities and encouraging the engagement of more youth in the Olympic Movement.

"Therefore, we are very happy that as part of this Host City Contract, we are able to expand the impact of city youth sports programming and encourage the healthy lifestyle of Angelenos for the next 11 years," said Bach.

In its own statement, Paris 2024 welcomed the decision by its Los Angeles counterparts.

"Paris 2024 is proud to be working together with the IOC and our friends in Los Angeles to reach a positive solution for both cities, the Games and the whole Olympic Movement for 2024 and 2028," said Tony Estanguet, co-chair for Paris 2024. "Today's announcements are a sign of the progress being made and the delivery of a good solution to the IOC Members in September in Lima.

"Paris 2024's vision is built on sharing our project with every walk of society in France and beyond. It can rely on the unity of the five founding members to deliver — in coordination with the IOC — a fantastic centenary Games built on passion, purpose and engagement. We are ready for 2024.

"We are now looking forward to the opportunity of working with Los Angeles, and contributing to successful Games both in 2024 and 2028,” said Estanguet.

Both LA 2024 and Paris 2024 posted videos to social media following the decision by Los Angeles, with Paris getting the marketing started that would build in earnest over the next seven years.

If confirmed, the Paris Summer Games would be held Aug. 2-18, 2024 and the Paralympic Games would be held Sept. 4-15, 2024.

This would be the third time hosting the Summer Games for Los Angeles, having done so in 1932 and 1984. Paris has also hosted two previous Summer Games, in 1900 and 1924.

The U.S. last hosted the Summer Games in Atlanta in 1996 and the Winter Games in Salt Lake City in 2002.

The good news for the IOC follows many months of challenges in the bidding process to host Olympic Games.

In June, the IOC confirmed that for the first time it would name two Summer Games host cities simultaneously.

The decision was based on finances as well as logistics, with Los Angeles and Paris as the only sites actively seeking to host the Olympics.

Budapest, Rome, Hamburg and Boston earlier dropped out or declined to bid on the 2024 Summer Games after indicating their participation.

The IOC had only two candidate cities for 2022 Winter Games — Almaty (Kazakhstan) and Beijing, which won the bid — following decisions by Oslo, Stockholm, Krakow and Ukraine's Lviv to withdraw their bids.

Tokyo, which in 2013 was named as the host city for the 2020 Summer Games, has faced extensive financial challenges and has had to revise its budget downward by billions from its original estimates. The most recent estimate to run the Games was put at $16.8 billion by local officials, but the IOC and others were still seeking cost savings of as much as $4 billion or more.

The 2018 Winter Games are in South Korea, the 2022 Winter Games will be in Beijing.

In June, Casey Wasserman, chairman for the LA 2024 committee, wrote in a letter that Los Angeles was not committed to position in which it would not host the 2028 Games if the 2024 Games were awarded to Paris.

"To be blunt, LA 2024 has never been only about LA or 2024," Wasserman wrote in a letter. "Even when the issue of a dual award for the 2024 and 2028 Games was initially raised, we didn’t say it’s 'LA first' or it’s 'now or never' for LA: that sounds like an ultimatum.

"L.A. and Paris have developed two very different but outstanding plans. Both cities now stand together ready to serve the Olympic and Paralympic Movements."

"We could have used that strategy, but we didn’t because we thought it was presumptuous to tell the IOC what to do and how to think. We’re better partners than that. It has always been our contention that LA 2024 had to make as much sense for the Olympic Movement as it did for the people of LA — and we’ve stuck to that premise," wrote Wasserman.

Now, according to Wasserman, “Los Angeles will help ensure that the Games are sustainable and relevant for future generations, with the IOC’s Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms as our guiding principle, a ’no-surprises’ Games plan and the enthusiastic support of the people of L.A.

"Two great world cities in L.A. and Paris have developed two very different but outstanding plans. Thanks to the IOC’s courage and vision in creating a mechanism for this unprecedented dual award, both cities now stand together ready to serve the Olympic and Paralympic Movements for more than a decade," said Wasserman.

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