New York and Philadelphia have bowed out of the 2024 Olympics bid, per multiple reports.
"Two of America's most notable cities won't be Olympic venues, at least not in 2024.
"New York City and Philadelphia have both declined the opportunity to bid on the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. The reasons are not dissimilar to those put forth by the many cities dropping out of the running for the 2022 Games: too much cost, not enough return on investment.
"New York City mayor Bill de Blasio this week formally ruled out any possibility of the city seeking a 2024 bid. New York had tried unsuccessfully for the 2012 Games, and members of that bidding team had sought to sway the mayor and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to take another run at the five rings.
"In declining to pursue a bid, New York City deputy mayor for housing and economic development Alicia Glen defended the city's decision in the most New York way possible, smacking down the very idea behind hosting an Olympics: recognition and tourism.
"'Very few people would say that New York City is not quote on the map and is not a major global city,' Glen said, adding that 'Our feeling is that you could actually deter tourism to some extent by hosting an Olympic Games.'
"Glen hammered the point home with a more street-level view, saying, 'When you actually ask the average New Yorker on the street whether or not the city should be focusing its planning effort, its infrastructure effort, its policing, its transportation around an event that will happen for three weeks in the summer 10 years from now, versus getting down to business with all of the challenges and opportunities we have in front of us right now, I'm pretty sure that the vast majority of New Yorkers would say,'I'd rather watch it on my big screen TV at home.'
"Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter took the same numbers-don't-add-up approach. 'Multiple facilities literally would have to be built, and in many cases, they are only for the Olympics,' he said. 'Some of them remain, but in many instances, those facilities go away.'
"However, Nutter added a note of optimism: 'I do believe the city, in the future, should be and will be bidding a city and ultimately successful for a future Olympics.'"
While New York and Philly are both no longer in the running, Baltimore and Washington D.C's chances of hosting the Olympics 10 years from now are becoming more realistic, per WJZ (via CBS Baltimore):
"Baltimore and Washington D.C.'s bid to host the Olympics gets a little closer to reality. Two of our closest competitors have dropped their bids to represent the United States in the 2024 Summer Games.
"It's news the Baltimore-D.C. area is hoping they could soon get a U.S. bid to the 2024 Olympics. Once contending with five other big cities, Philadelphia and New York announced Wednesday they are dropping out of the race, putting Baltimore two steps closer to hosting the world's largest sporting event.
"'The Olympics is often about timing,' said David Warshawski.
"Warshawski's Baltimore-based marketing and PR firm helped make the last pitch.
"'The timing is right. The world sentiment is also a little bit different from where the bid was in 2012,' he said.
"Boosters argue that most of the athletic events that would need to be built for the Olympics are already in place, like M&T Bank Stadium.
"From world-class stadiums to extensive security, excitement is brewing across the capital region.
"'I think it would be a great opportunity to showcase our city. And I think that when it comes to doing big events, we do them well,' said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
"Events like Baltimore's Grand Prix and Sailabration; not to mention the accessibility.
"'It's easy to get here. It's easy to get away. You can come a lot of different ways,' said Lynn Cox.
"Out-of-towners tell WJZ getting around is effortless. Plus, the economic impact to the capital region would soar into the billions and create 70,000 new jobs, according to a study."
Busbee notes the initial number of U.S. cities that initially wanted to bid for the 2024 Olympic Games was 35. Since then, the field has been whittled to 10 cities. The last time a United States city hosted the Olympics was in 1996 in Atlanta, Ga.
Bidding will commence in 2015 with the winner to be announced in 2017, per Busbee.
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