Even with the ups and downs of viewership because of time changes or politics, the Olympic Games are consistently a huge hit, which might explain why Japan spent $12 billion to bring them there. It also explains the $800 million it’s losing in ticket sales but hopes to make up in future tourism.
There’s a lot at stake for everyone: money, bragging rights and status as a sports icon. So there’s no mystery as to why athletes train a lifetime for a few moments of competition. And why the entire sports-industrial complex joins the cheering crowd.
Host Angela Davis speaks with a trio of sports reporters about the enduring appeal of the Olympics.
BBC Reporter Maz Farookhi covers sports.
Stefan Fatsis is the author of several books — one about being a place kicker, another about baseball and a third about competitive scrabble. He’s a former Wall Street Journal Reporter, and a regular on All Things Considered.
Naila-Jean Meyers is a senior assistant sports editor at the Star Tribune.
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