BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has signed into law a bill intended to study the feasibility of the state hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics.You know what "jobs" this is going to create? Zero. Massachusetts simply cannot handle an event the size of the Olympics. There's not enough land, infrastructure, or political will to build the facilities necessary for a successful Olympic bid. We can't build a new baseball field or football stadium because there's not enough room in Boston, yet they're going to magically make room for an Olympic park?
The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Eileen Donoghue, would create a nine-member commission to analyze all aspects of hosting the games, including infrastructure, transportation, security, lodging, locations, costs and job creation.
Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta is 21 acres. Where, praytell, are they planning on carving 21 acres out of the city of Boston? Or do they plan on putting the Olympic stadium in central or western Massachusetts? There's plenty of land out west - of course the Mass Pike would slow to an absolute crawl from the time they announced the location until the Olympics were over.
No, what this is is a chance for 9 of the governor's closest friends and supporters to spend the rest of his term jetting around the country on fact-finding missions. Remember, this is the same state that spend $1.6 million on a casino commission to investigate the possibility of casino gambling in Massachusetts - years and years before the state was even remotely capable of entertaining the idea.
Watch for this "commission" to decide it wants to study the past, oh, 50 years worth of summer Olympics and spend the next few years jetting off to each location. Each of the 9 members will of course have to bring their "staff", so however much is earmarked for this study is going to bloat incredibly. This is at a time where the state can't keep the mass transit system running without massive fee hikes - I think we can spend the money more wisely than looking into hosting the 2024 Olympics.
Unless they decide to have a new Olympic event, the hack crawl, in which case we might have a shot at the gold...
That is all.