It was announced this week that Los Angeles had won its bid to host the 2028 Olympics. The City of Angels originally had eyes for the 2024 summer games but eventually ceded that year’s hosting duties to Paris, which hasn’t hosted an Olympic Games since 1924. This will be the third time that LA will host the games and city had been in tense negotiations with the hopes of hosting this major sporting event that means so much to so many people around the world. Or does it?
I mean, who actually cares about the Olympics? Everyone knows that the people who run it are corrupt and don’t give a shit about the cities who host the games. That’s why they usually make these cities cover any cost overruns and an assortment of other costs. At least my town was smart enough to set certain stipulations regarding just how much of those cost overruns they would agree to cover so that they don’t get stuck with some ridiculous bill. Pretty smart on the part of mayor Garcetti and others involved in making sure that LA got the coveted Olympics. But then again, it shouldn’t be much a surprise that LA knew what they were doing. After all, the 1984 games were the only ones in history to turn a profit, and the people running the city government think they can do it again.
Okay cool, I guess I can be happy that my city isn’t going to bankrupt itself just so the rest of the world — a world that probably already sees enough of us in movies and television — can see us host an international sporting event. But I still feel like I don’t really care. I guess I’ll check out an event or two, if we aren’t living in some post-apocalyptic hellscape by then, but I have trouble getting excited for the Olympics in general. Aside from soccer, our country is already Mecca for team sports, which I find far more entertaining than individual sports. When we already have the Stanley Cup how am I supposed to get amped up about Gold Medals?
I’m sure someone out there could hate on me for some kind of lack of patriotism, but I don’t see it. I love my country, despite its (ever-increasing amount of) faults, and I want America to be considered among the best in the world, no matter the category. But at this point I’m more worried about America falling behind in every other category of life than losing a medal for an event that is mildly entertaining at best. A lot can change in 11 years, and who knows, maybe I’ll be more excited as the games approach but as of now I’m not really feeling it.
LA Mayor, Eric Garcetti wanted this thing bad and he thinks it’s going to be great for the city. Luckily for us, we are one of the only places in the world that has the entire infrastructure for this venture either already built, or already in development and scheduled for completion prior to the games. We won’t have to spend millions and millions of dollars building facilities for athletes and the games. That’s all I’m really taking away from this. When the Super Bowl comes to town I’ll be stoked but for now, I’m sorry to say that I don’t really care about the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.