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No Joke


By Fred Wallace

Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".


Through the years when April 1st has fallen on a Monday through Friday, we've dedicated this segment to a April Fool's joke, some ridiculous sports-news scenario that might fool a fraction of the audience for a fraction of a second.

Not this year. There's still humour in every day life, but in this environment and landscape, we'll look forward to April 1st , 2021 for our next tall tale.

You don't have to look too far in the world, or the sports world, to find a grim story.

Maybe the biggest calamity came on the biggest stage for sports when the 2020 Summer Olympic Games at Tokyo were postponed.

From an athlete's standpoint, an additional year has been tacked on to their preparation and since the bulk of Olympians are truly amateur, this is a stressful time.

And while amateur athletes will feel an even sharper financial pinch, that pinch is minor, in fairness, when compared to the economic hit the organizers are taking and will continue to take.

The Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei put the cost of the proposed one year delay at $2.7 billion,

Somehow, Tokyo organizers will have to renegotiate leases on the venues, pay for maintenance at facilities plus what happens to the $ 3.3 billion dollars in broadcast and advertising rights that were pre-sold ?

And maybe the largest issue for the organizers is how to deal with real estate developers who are already selling off thousands of apartments at what will be the Athletes Village. 

It's a logistical nightmare, and no laughing matter, even if today IS April Fool's Day


I'm Fred Wallace

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