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[–] Disaronnoonthecocks 1 points 109 points (+110|-1) ago 

Seems like the smartest way to handle it. All these huge stadiums that just go to waste after a few weeks of use. Greece could use the stability, not to mention it always pays homage to the origins of the games. Not to mention people waking up and realizing that hosting really doesn't pay the dividends to make it worth it.

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[–] TheRedditExodus 0 points 23 points (+23|-0) ago 

The stadiums in England still get used to some extent, probably more than most, however they're still underused. And I really like the Greece idea.

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[–] DaneilFlamino_ 11 points 3 points (+14|-11) ago 

Or we could just say fuck the olympics. It's not as if sporting events are going to create good will between countries.

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[–] Goatburger 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

So do the ones in Sydney. Also, developers have leveraged the excellent facilities (new train station, well planned roads etc) to build a new business district. Pretty well done really.

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[–] AberdolfLincler 4 points 6 points (+10|-4) ago 

My main argument against it would be that it favors Europeans in a big way. Some people would have to travel thousands of miles if they want to see the games. It'd make more sense to just do them in a handful of countries around the world that have proven that they can handle the Olympics responsibly.

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[–] BlueSpeed 0 points 23 points (+23|-0) ago 

Say each continent gets 1 stadium and rotate between them? That would mean 6 locations:

  • Europe
  • Asia
  • Australia
  • N America
  • S America
  • Africa

It would still cause issue on who gets the stadium in each continent (except Australia). But that is probably better then having a new stadium each year.

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[–] austin63 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Atlanta benefited from it immensely. The main stadium was transitioned into the Braves baseball stadium, the football domed stadium was already there. The swimming, diving and basketball complexes are used by Georgia Tech, Georgia State and the Atlanta Hawks. Centennial Park downtown is now a center for all kinds of events and new museums have been built up around it.

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[–] pipispapas 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

no for the love of god not Greece.

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[–] Zaqwert 0 points 57 points (+57|-0) ago 

That would make the most sense, but it wouldn't result in the IOC members getting their bribes.

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[–] asmodea [S] 0 points 16 points (+16|-0) ago 

It's so widely known how corrupt they are, it seems like there must be a point where it all blows up - for me, it's putting swimmers in the Rio water when everyone has known for some time that the water has straight-up sewage in it and is not fit for anyone to swim in, let alone Olympic athletes, who should be boycotting because they're not being protected in this whole farce. I can't believe they put them in that water at all. It's reprehensible.

http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2015/08/06/brazil-rio-olympics-water-safety-darlington-pkg.cnn/video/playlists/our-environment/

Swimmers stricken with major illnesses after Rio Pan Am games worry about Olympic athletes http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2015/08/12/swimmers-stricken-with-major-illnesses-after-rio-pan-am-games-worry-about/

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[–] CatNamedJava 0 points 15 points (+15|-0) ago 

Those bastard sent a cease and desist letter to a local meat shop in my city. Olympic provisions, named after the building it started in Olympic Mills , named after the Washington State's Olympic Peninsula. They had to change their name to Olympia Provisions.

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[–] Clash957 0 points 27 points (+27|-0) ago 

I never understood why cities want to host the Olympic games in the first place. It is almost certainly not going to be profitable, and the fame it brings is even more fleeting.

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[–] Tb0n3 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

I think it's a recent problem. The other issue arises when you have a permanent Olympic location. Who gets the honor of owning the Olympics. There will be more fights over that than there could possibly be over where the next Olympics will be held.

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[–] asmodea [S] 1 points 23 points (+24|-1) ago  (edited ago)

Yes but Greece really makes sense because a) it is undisputed that the Olympics originally came from them b) they have a climate where athletes can practice year-round c) they, more than anyone on the planet need to generate the sort of finacials to free themselves from IMF fuckery before they're doomed to it in perpetuity.

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[–] Desch86 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I believe it has become a way for certain types of regimes to promote their superiority towards the rest of the world

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[–] jeblis 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Why does everything have to be profitable?

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[–] zippo 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

It's not profitable for the cities - for the people who live within them. It is extremely profitable for the few who rule the city at the time - all those huge construction jobs are a great way to divert a bit of cash into certain pockets.

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[–] whynotanon1 1 points 16 points (+17|-1) ago 

in the age of internet and tv always at our finger tips the physical location of the games couldn't possibly matter less than right now.

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[–] Gorillion 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Yep. Go-Pro the shit out of the athletes also.

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[–] AberdolfLincler 4 points 1 points (+5|-4) ago 

Unfortunately it does though... Some people actually like to go out in the real world and observe professional sports. Then you have the issue of pride, if it was in America every year, most people from other countries would be pissed off. It's so far from them, culturally different, and you guys already have an arrogance about you, which definitely makes things worse.

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[–] atotalnoob 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

If the olympics were within a days drive, I would most definitely go and see.

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[–] zippo 1 points 14 points (+15|-1) ago 

Hell yes. And use that opportunity to refresh the disciplines a little bit. Deathmatches, demolition derbies, bear wrestling... something like Thunderdome from Mad Max with more variety. I might start paying attention then.

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[–] StrongStyleFiction 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

We need some good, old fashioned Cretan bull leaping. Naked bull leaping. Think of the ratings!

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[–] AberdolfLincler 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

That's probably the only way this could ever happen. There is nowhere we could really put the Olympics where everyone would be happy, not even the majority of people. The best country I can think of would be Switzerland I suppose, being so neutral and all.

I think the more logical solution would be to give the Olympics to countries that already have most of the infrastructure, and maybe some 3rd party organizations with credibility could sign off on it. As in, verify that the country has the infrastructure, and that the country has been relatively well governed maybe, to ensure it doesn't go to place that will have slaves builders, or a poor country where government money shouldn't be used on such a thing, etc.

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[–] the_sovereign 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Or in space

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[–] alien_01 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

They should hold them in space.

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[–] asmodea [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

It's an idea that has to happen, so a lot of people have to think of it. Also, I am routinely plagued with seeing things I post go wild with someone else the following week - being ahead often means you don't get heard.

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[–] Walther 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

But how would the few dozen people behind the olympics make their billions then? Do you expect these fine gentlemen to live like the common folk and settle for just hundreds of millions they make in other investments. This is outrageous.

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[–] ZombieBomb 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

NO OLYMPICS IN PORTLAND!

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