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    Quote Originally Posted by Royal View Post
    A word from Chael Sonnen, former Olympic Alt Wrestler.

    Ill watch that when I get home, but as an aside folks from the sports entertainment side seem to be getting together to try and protest this as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by fly on the wall View Post
    I'll miss Olympic Wrestling as it was one of the ancient sports. I don't get it that rhythmic gymnastics stays and wrestling goes, not that rhythmic gymnastics isn't fun to watch and make fun of.

    In fact my wife thinks wrestling is fun to make fun of. She always says the wrestler's real goal is to sniff the other guy's butt. Also she makes jokes about the wrestlers' ears, which often are a gnarled, cauliflowered mess. What fun!
    I really wonder if there is a homophobic element to this. Maybe I am just paranoid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the4thpip View Post
    I really wonder if there is a homophobic element to this. Maybe I am just paranoid.
    highly doubt it

    I think its a purely financial and political decision
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    Quote Originally Posted by the4thpip View Post
    I really wonder if there is a homophobic element to this. Maybe I am just paranoid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the4thpip View Post
    I really wonder if there is a homophobic element to this. Maybe I am just paranoid.
    Hardly.

    Although, they did think Women's Freestyle was a waste of energy and almost got rid of it.
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    http://deadspin.com/5984056/how-can-...ns-and-hookers

    But a source said the lobbying likely involves a lot more than making promises about ticket sales and television ratings before the glasses of Madeira are brought to the table. The source did not work on a lobbying campaign, but he has direct knowledge of past visits to the U.S. made by foreign Olympic officials. He has seen firsthand how Olympic favor is curried: "Trips and vacations for IOC members and their families. Prostitutes are ordered. Bribes aren't always in direct monetary form—more gift form. It's basically about 'taking care of' the IOC members. Those dudes don't need money, so that's kind of the last thing down the list. Now escalate that to a ton of rich dudes trying to impress each other."
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    Quote Originally Posted by the4thpip View Post
    I really wonder if there is a homophobic element to this. Maybe I am just paranoid.
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    Not surprising at all. The IOC is one of the most corrupt international organizations.

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    Good article.

    Saw this in the comments thread for it:

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/sports...,1157345.story

    Looks like it really is about who you know.

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    Typical..... nobody cares about nothing till its taken away. Nobody watches wrestling during the Olympics.

    Maybe if they WWE'ed the sport. People would watch.

    I say combine the two--call it, Wrestle Golf.

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    Lol this is some bs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RolandJP View Post
    Typical..... nobody cares about nothing till its taken away. Nobody watches wrestling during the Olympics.
    Riordan already debunked that with the Sportsmyriad link.

    The “average minute of TV coverage” of wrestling in the 2008 Olympics was watched by 29.5 million people globally. Field hockey: 11.8 million. Fencing: 24.3 million. Badminton: 21.2 million. Team handball: 23.3 million. Sailing: 24.5 million. Triathlon: 19.4 million. Modern pentathlon: 23.1 million. Even tennis was lower: 26.1 million. (Swimming, gymnastics, weightlifting (?!) and track and field are the big draws, as you’d expect — 40 million to 65 million. Table tennis was also over 40 million, so the people complaining about “ping pong” might want to adjust their arguments.)
    People are watching. NBC's coverage was abysmal enough that followers were pirating the BBC just to watch at a decent hour. So you really can't count on NBC numbers.
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