No Boston Olympics: How and Why Smart Cities Are Passing on the Torch (2020)

No Boston Olympics: How and Why Smart Cities Are Passing on the Torch Chris Dempsey Andrew Zimbalist No Boston Olympics How and Why Smart Cities Are Passing on the Torch In and some of Massachusetts wealthiest and most powerful individuals hatched an audacious plan to bring the Summer Olympics to Boston Like their counterparts in cities around the worl
  • Title: No Boston Olympics: How and Why Smart Cities Are Passing on the Torch
  • Author: Chris Dempsey Andrew Zimbalist
  • ISBN: 9781512600582
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Hardcover
No Boston Olympics: How and Why Smart Cities Are Passing on the Torch Chris Dempsey Andrew Zimbalist In 2013 and 2014, some of Massachusetts wealthiest and most powerful individuals hatched an audacious plan to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to Boston Like their counterparts in cities around the world, Boston s Olympic boosters promised political leaders, taxpayers, and the media that the Games would deliver incalculable benefits and require little financial support froIn 2013 and 2014, some of Massachusetts wealthiest and most powerful individuals hatched an audacious plan to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to Boston Like their counterparts in cities around the world, Boston s Olympic boosters promised political leaders, taxpayers, and the media that the Games would deliver incalculable benefits and require little financial support from the public Yet these advocates refused to share the details of their bid and only grudgingly admitted, when pressed, that their plan called for billions of dollars in construction of unneeded venues To win the bid, the public would have to guarantee taxpayer funds to cover cost overruns, which have plagued all modern Olympic Games The United States Olympic Committee USOC chose Boston 2024 s bid over that of other American cities in January 2015 and for a time it seemed inevitable that the International Olympic Committee IOC would award the Games to Boston 2024.No Boston Olympics is the story of how an ad hoc, underfunded group of diverse and engaged citizens joined together to challenge and ultimately derail Boston s boosters, the USOC, and the IOC Chris Dempsey was cochair of No Boston Olympics, the group that first voiced skepticism, demanded accountability, and catalyzed dissent Andrew Zimbalist is a world expert on the economics of sports, and the leading researcher on the hidden costs of hosting mega events such as the Olympics and the World Cup Together, they tell Boston s story, while providing a blueprint for citizens who seek to challenge costly, wasteful, disruptive, and risky Olympic bids in their own cities.
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One thought on “No Boston Olympics: How and Why Smart Cities Are Passing on the Torch

  1. Jonathan

    A quick and worthy read Chris Dempsey, co chair co founder of No Boston Olympics, and Andrew Zimbalist, a sports economic professor at Smith College, use Boston s failed 2024 Summer Olympic bid as a case study to discuss the wider problems with the modern Olympics They begin with some historical context about the Olympics and end with a systematic analysis of the economic, social, and other problems that plague host cities and why boosters claims so often prove wrong And then in between is the n [...]

  2. Holly

    Interesting, insightful and a good view into how the Olympics are bid and won lost for a host city Written with a self proclaimed bias as the authors led the charge against the Boston bid, this book presents its facts and views of the events in a very readable and fair manner Written chronologically, it shows the process of the Boston bid for the Olympics and ensuing backlash to the lack of transparency involved until and throughout the opposition s involvement It s a tribute to the people of Bo [...]

  3. Kristie Helms

    As a Bostonian who was very much for the Olympics coming to town, I attempted to keep an open mind while reading this But honestly it came off to me as of a back slapping we did a great thing helping to stop the Olympics from coming than it was an exploration as to why cities who pass on being host cities are smart.

  4. Jill Jaracz

    Interesting read that gives good insight on the Olympic bidding process It s definitely from one perspective, and the authors put themselves into the 3rd person, which got annoying a thinly veiled attempt to seem to be reporting, but that style doesn t work Some material seems familiar from Zimbalist s Circus Maximus.

  5. Wisconsin Alumni

    Andrew Zimbalist 69CoauthorIn 2013 and 2014, some of Massachusetts wealthiest and most powerful individuals hatched an audacious plan to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to Boston Like their counterparts in cities around the world, Boston s Olympic boosters promised political leaders, taxpayers, and the media that the Games would deliver incalculable benefits and require little financial support from the public Yet these advocates refused to share the details of their bid and only grudgingly admit [...]

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