The Games of Gotham?
Back in late May, the United States Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee struck a deal on revenue sharing which will run from 2020 to 2040.
That agreement, according to Tom Degun of Inside the Games, may have ended "years of hostility," which has been attributed to the unsuccessful bids from New York (2012) and Chicago (2016).
Last week, USOC Chief Executive Scott Blackmun said that he'd be "very surprised if (the USOC) didn't submit a bid for 2024 or 2026." And, of course, that caused speculation about the chances of the 2024 Summer Games coming to Gotham.
Wrote Daniel Beekman of the New York Daily News, "The Big Apple, with its bid experience and upgraded infrastructure, is being mentioned as a top contender for 2024, but Dallas and Chicago are providing tough competition, sources familiar with the process say."
The Summer Games have never been held in New York. Only four times have the Games been contested on American soil — twice in Los Angeles (1932 and 1984) and once each in St. Louis (1904) and Atlanta (1996).
The Winter Games have come to the U.S. four times as well, with New York's Lake Placid hosting in 1932 and 1980 along with Squaw Valley (1960) and Salt Lake City (2002).
The bid process for the 2024 Games is expected to ramp up in 2014, after Mayor Michael Bloomberg will have left office.