Boston is out as the potential host city for the 2024 Olympics. And Beantown’s loss could be L.A.’s gain.
The United States has only seven weeks to pick a nominee to bid to host The 2024 Olympic games. Boston was set to be the nominee (having beaten out LA and 2 other cities) , but the city’s Mayor Marty Walsh said Monday that he would not sign a host city document that would make taxpayers cover any cost overruns of hosting the games ending the city’s hope for a bid…which, whatever…So Cal could be getting The Olympics!!
And now, it looks like the only possible city in the country who could possibly host the Olympics is good ‘ol Los Angeles. “Los Angeles could bid with a couple of years notice,” Andrew Zimbalist, a professor of economics at Smith College and the author of “Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup told NBC 4. “They don’t need seven years notice. They have almost all their venues already intact.”
And, let us not forget, they can easily just bring back the best Olympic mascot ever!:
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Monday that he has not had recent conversations concerning hosting the Olympics, but he would not rule it out. “I continue to believe that Los Angeles is the ideal Olympic city and we have always supported the USOC in their effort to return the Games to the United States,” he said in a statement. “I would be happy to engage in discussions with the USOC about how to present the strongest and most fiscally responsible bid on behalf of our city and nation.”
While the U.S. nomination is due in mid-September, the IOC will not officially choose the host city (from the various worldwide nominations) until 2017.