I heard on the local news this morning that there is some talk about giving away tickets.
Those seats in the venues I saw sure did look empty! The only one that was full were the stands to view rowing.
Though we competed against professionals with our amateurs in the past, now some sports pit only professionals. I like to win as much as the next person, but I enjoyed the amateur competition more.
Learning that some "champions" were bolstered by drug use, and the scandals involving the Olympic Committee put a cloud on the Games.
I could have missed them, but I saw no appeals for money from the public this year. So I assume it is now all corporate sponsorship. About 30 years ago my kids sent in $5 apiece from their savings, but never received the promised pin.
It looks like Greece will not realize enough tourist dollars to offset the cost. NBC has spread the coverage among their cable outlets. (Smart move.)
Of course, the threat of terrorism probably had an impact, not only for foreign visitors. but also for the increased security costs.
I have always enjoyed watching the Games. But with all of the monies now going into security raising the financial burden, hosting them will be much more expensive.
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