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Auteur: Knight Barney, Scoot
Titel: Selling the five rings
Sub titel: The international Olympic Committee and the rise of Olympic Commercialism

The original scheme for the modern Olympic Games was hatched at an international sports conference at the Sorbonne in June 1894. At the time, few provisions were made for the financial underwriting of the project -- providence and the beneficence of host cities would somehow take care of the costs. For much of the first century of modern Olympic history, this was the case, until the advent of television and corporate sponsorship transformed that idealism. Now, linking with the five-ring logo is good business. Advertising during the Olympic Games guarantees a global audience unmatched in size by any other sports audience in the world. However, if the image begins to tarnish and the corporate sector loses interest, television companies can't sell advertising. That was the greatest threat posed by the scandal surrounding Salt Lake City's bid. Selling the Five Rings outlines the rise of the Olympic movement from an envisioned instrument of peace and brotherhood to a transnational commercial giant of imposing power and influence. Using primary source documents.
2002, 384 pag., Euro 40
University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, ISBN 874807131


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