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Report shows ‘significant risks’ to Olympic bid, Baker says

Governor Charlie Baker said Tuesday that an outside consultant’s review of the city’s aborted 2024 Olympics bid would have dissuaded him from signing off on the proposal if it were still viable.

Baker said the findings of the Brattle Group, which he and legislative leaders had commissioned with conducting an analysis of the Summer Games plan, had “demonstrated that there were, in fact, significant risks.” He pointed specifically to projected risks and costs associated with redeveloping Widett Circle and transportation projects associated with putting on the Olympics.

“I would not have been able to provide the guarantees the USOC was looking for from the commonwealth,” Baker said during an afternoon press conference at the State House.


Baker sought to deflect criticism of Boston 2024, the local organizing committee, praising the work done on the revised proposal – known as “bid 2.0” – that was released in June. He said the group, given more time, likely would have been able to provide answers to outstanding questions and address some of the concerns that hobbled the bid.

Asked whether he thought voters would have rejected the bid in light of the new data, Baker replied, “We’re never going to know the answer to that because there’s not going to be a ballot question.”

A Baker aide said administration officials had reviewed a draft version of the Brattle report before receiving a final version late Monday.

Jim O’Sullivan can be reached at jim.osullivan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JOSreports.