Hatfield says the new design will have a negative effect on performance and attendance. In a way, he also blasts Phil Knight and Seb Coe when he says, "Unfortunately, not many people understand 'high performance sports,' let alone architecture, so it's relatively easy to put a shiny object in their view and get them excited. That is the phenomena we are facing today."
Prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas as they investigate possible racketeering, money laundering and fraud charges related to the 2019 and 2021 World Championship bids.
*The Oregonian: TrackTown USA Stands By Bid For 2021 World Track Champs In Wake Of Federal Subpoenas TrackTown USA CEO Michael Reilly said: "Our role was to put the best bid forward. We are proud of our bid and stand by it."
*Register Guard article The US Justice Department's investigation is wide-ranging, looking into international sports corruption in FIFA, the IOC, the USOC and IAAF.
The tax increase passed with two narrow, last-minute votes could mean a $25 million state subsidy for Eugene 2021.
It actually passed 37-20 but you need 36 votes to pass a tax increase. The bill still needs to pass the Senate.
Advocates of the hotel room tax which is meant to help subsidize Eugene 2021 have scaled back their request to try and gain support.
“We’re going to have to fundraise it. It may slow the project down."
An indepth look at the funding situation in Oregon and why organizers cut back their request for funds by more than a third, "admitting they miscalculated the level of political support for the event".
That is what TrackTown USA is trying to convince Oregon government officials of anyway.
They have given the first half with the second half dependent on further fundraising.
Governor Kitzhaber and his office seemed to be initially against giving the $40-million state subsidy requested by TrackTown USA. However, then Knight, Nike, and UO officials gave nearly $400,000 to Kitzhaber in six-week period and Kitzhaber seemed to change his mind.
"The emails show that Kitzhaber’s apparent reversal coincided with almost $400,000 in campaign contributions he received during a 42-day period in September and October 2014 from athletic apparel giant Nike, its co-founder Phil Knight and its CEO Mark Parker, as well as four members of the UO Board of Trustees."
And yes, the tax won't be reversed to 1% afterwards.
*MB: Eugene 2021 will spend $6 million on music festival, but only $7.2 million for prize money?
"In sports, as in life, there is what you must do and then there is what you should do."
*MB: NY Times thinks Eugene should re-open up 2021 Worlds big - Will they?
A good look at the connections between Seb Coe, Nike, Eugene and the University of Oregon with regard to the current French investigation into the 2021 World bid.
Here he defends the process saying it was an opportunity to get track in the US, however, previously he was reported admitting that the bid process ‘wasn’t correct’.
*Sweden's Bjorn Erikkson Claims Lack Of Bid Process Was "Bad Ethics At Least" And "In The Worst Of Cases Maybe Also Criminal"
*Vin Lananna Stands By Eugene 2021 Bid "We are very proud of and stand by our bid. We are 100 percent confident that there was nothing outside of what are the norms for an IAAF bid."
He spoke to Sweden's Bjorn Eriksson on the phone and admitted that the procedure wasn't correct, but said he wasn't involved. French police are including the Eugene 2021 decision in their Lamine Diack investigation.
"It all sounds very odd. I have protested the whole time about the unethical nature of it and I am of the understanding that more investigating needs to be done. My worry is that there is money involved here, and I am not referring to Sebastian Coe here, rather the whole system."
Eriksson: “I believe this decision by the IAAF was unethical and immoral. I was promised to my face by Lamine Diack and Seb Coe that it would be a fair and transparent process. This is not what happened - Diack stopped the bidding process and gave the World Championships to Eugene after a secret vote. I would now like the French police to look into Diack’s role in the 2021 process.”