Sensemaker Live: Are the Olympics doomed?

We’re not just talking Tokyo. We’re talking about the whole movement. Only five cities bid for the 2024 games and three pulled out. There was only one bidder for each of 2028 and 2032. They’re expensive, disruptive and vulnerable to scandal. NBC still pays handsomely for the TV rights but that could change if crowd-free Tokyo’s a dud. Are they doomed, or are we just going through a grumpy patch?

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editor and invited experts

Giles Whittell
Sensemaker Editor

John Cushing
Presenter of the Olympic & Paralympic Podcast, Anything but Footy, having covered some of the biggest sporting events for radio in recent years – including London 2012 & Rio de Janeiro 2016.

Judith Grant Long
Professor at the University of Michigan, and director of the Center for Sports Venues and Real Estate Development