Sunday, January 04, 2009

ESPN on 2009: Phelps has made swimming a viable platform for TV - Chicago leading contender for the Summer games in 2016

Regarding the Chicago Olympics: "...IOC president Jacques Rogge recently told The Chicago Tribune that Obama's election is "very positive'' for the city's bid. President-elect Obama is expected to personally lobby for Chicago, as Tony Blair and Vladimir Putin did to help secure the 2012 Games in London and the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. ..."

Michael Phelps: "...His coach has told reporters the swimmer will begin seriously training again in February and you'll be able to see him competing this summer (possibly at some shorter distances) in the U.S. and world championships -- which, thanks to Phelps, will be televised on NBC. Swimming on national TV in a non-Olympic year? What's next, fantasy swim leagues?..."

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1 comment:

Joel / the17thman said...

believe it or not NBC has aired swimming on non-Olympic years in the past. It aired the Duel in the Pool by Mutual of Omaha between the last two Olympics. Yes, Phelps has made swimming a bit more on the radar but in reality it's always been there. You just needed Tivo to find it at 11am on Saturday morning between reruns of Saved by the Bell and Xena.