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Does Paris Have Edge Over Los Angeles For Host Duties For 2024 Summer Games? 

By Barry Janoff

June 8, 2017: Paris received a huge boost in its one-one-one competition with Los Angeles to earn the rights to host the 2024 Olympics when Discovery Communications, which holds the exclusive multimedia rights for 50 countries and territories in Europe for the Games, gave its support to the Paris 2024 effort.

The move comes after Los Angeles appeared to waiver in its bid to host the 2024 Summer Games and instead focus on the 2028 Summer Games.

The International Olympic Committee has repeatedly said it would like to name hosts for both the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games during an executive committee meeting scheduled for this September.

"When Discovery Communications secured the rights across Europe for the Olympic Games from 2018-2024, we did so with tremendous passion, commitment and ambition, irrespective of the location of the Games," David Zaslav, president and CEO for Discovery Communications, said during a media conference following a meeting in Paris that also included Eurosport CEO Peter Hutton and Paris 2024 co-presidents Bernard Lapasset and Tony Estanguet.

"A truly global company run by local market experts and teams, Discovery has significant operations in Paris and Los Angeles and we consider both to be world-class cities.

"That said, as home of the Olympic Games in Europe through 2024, we are excited to show our support for the Paris bid and their quest to bring the 2024 Olympic Games back to Europe," said Zaslav.

The support came days after 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, according to the Los Angeles Times and other media outlets. "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.

"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.

The IOC is expected to make a decision about naming two host cities — though not committing either Los Angeles or Paris to 2024 or 2028 — this week.

The move is based largely on finances, as numerous other cities have dropped out of the bidding process for the Summer and Winter Games due to money issues.

Budapest, Rome, Hamburg and Boston 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.

"We are excited to show our support for the Paris bid and their quest to bring the 2024 Olympic Games back to Europe."

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.

"We have to take into consideration that the procedure as it is now produces too many losers," IOC President Thomas Bach said during a media conference in Switzerland this past December. "You can be happy about a strong field in quantity for one day but you start to regret it the next day.

"It is not the purpose of an Olympic candidate city procedure to produce losers. It is to produce the best possible host for an Olympic Games. We will have to look into this," said Bach.

According to Eurosport CEO, Hutton, “Living in Paris, I’m very proud of the city’s passion for sport and its ability to deliver high quality events. We share the huge excitement of the local community, for the chance to represent not just the city, or country, but the whole of Europe.

“Paris 2024 would give everyone a chance, young and old, across Europe to experience premium and exclusive coverage of an Olympic Games close to home. This is a prospect that we find incredibly exciting,” said Hutton.

The IOC last month spent time in Los Angeles and Paris evaluating sites, transportation and other logistics, commending both cities for their presentations.

IOC Moves Closer To Naming Paris, L.A. As Future Games Hosts

IOC In Bid Trouble In Summer, Winter Game Bidding Process

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