By Barry Janoff
July 25, 2014: Stating that he is "more optimistic than ever that a U.S. bid for the 2024 Games can be successful," Larry Probst, chairman for the U.S. Olympic Committee, wrapped up several days of meetings with representatives from four cities and appeared to move the U.S. significantly closer to deciding to place a bid with the International Olympic Committee to host the Summer Games in 2024.
The last time that the U.S. hosted the Summer Olympics was in 1996 in Atlanta, and the last Winter Games in the U.S. were held in Salt Lake City in 2002.
The U.S. bid on both the 2012 Summer Games (New York) and 2016 Summer Games (Chicago), but lost to London and Rio de Janeiro, respectively.
Years of financial, logistical, political and social challenges have weighed heavily on the USOC's decision not to place another bid. But with many of the major issues resolved — including a revenue sharing plan between the IOC and the USOC — the U.S. seems to be moving closer to making an official bid to bring the Games back to domestic soil.
Representatives from Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. met with USOC members this week in Colorado Springs for a bid city briefing. The USOC said the briefing marked "the next step in the USOC’s domestic process as it considers a U.S. bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games."
The four cities were selected in June from a list of 35 potential U.S. host cities.
“I’d like to thank each city’s civic and political leadership for the commitment they have shown to our process thus far,” Probst said in a statement. “Our discussions this week have created a foundation for something that could be truly unique. There is a great deal of work left to do before we can make a decision, but I’m more optimistic than ever that a U.S. bid for the 2024 Games can be successful.”
The IOC will be accepting bids for the Games in 2015 and the decision is expected to be made in 2017.
International cities expected to bid on the 2024 Games include Rome, Paris, Doha and Istanbul.
"There is a great deal of work left to do before we can make a decision, but I’m more optimistic than ever that a U.S. bid for the 2024 Games can be successful.”
“We’re extremely pleased with the level of interest U.S. cities have shown in hosting the Games," Scott Blackmun, COE for the USOC, said n June when the four cities were named. “Boston, L.A., San Francisco and Washington have each given us reason to believe they can deliver a compelling and successful bid, and we look forward to continuing to explore the possibilities as we consider 2024.”
The timeline for any decision by the USOC continues in early December when the IOC Extraordinary Session will take place. At that meeting, according to the IOC, the Olympic Agenda 2020, which will shape the future of the Olympic Movement, will be finalized. Following that meeting, the USOC said it would make a decision on whether or not to bid, and would select a city if a bid is pursued.
Among the four cities, only Los Angeles has hosted the Summer Games, in 1932 and 1984.
The upcoming Olympic Games schedule includes the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang (South Korea) and the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games. A host city is still to be determined for the 2022 Winter Games.
Worldwide IOC marketing partners include Atos, Bridgestone, Coca-Cola, Dow, GE, McDonald's, Omega, Panasonic, P&G, Samsung and VISA.
USOC partners include 24 Hour Fitness, Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser), AT&T, BMW, BP, Chobani, Citi, Deloitte, The Hartford, Hilton, Kellogg's, Liberty Mutual, Nike, Oakley, Smucker's Ameritrade, Uniited and USG.
NBCUniversal (NBCU) the broadcast rights in the USA for the Olympic Games through to 2032.