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Olympics bid amounts to a sales pitch

In his June 30 opinion piece “New Olympics bid is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for Boston,” Steve Pagliuca boldly states that Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics is a rare opportunity to improve the city, and then lists the many benefits that will arise from the Games. I’m interested in all those benefits, but it strikes me that, with good government and creative financing, all these things could — and in fact, should — happen regardless of whether Boston becomes a Summer Olympics site.

What Pagliuca gives short shrift to in his op-ed is the “fact-based analysis of the risks” of hosting the Games, and the “cautious management” he claims to have learned as part of the Boston Celtics organization.

In the end, I’m left with the feeling that I just listened to another promising drug ad on TV that encourages you to call your doctor and later provides, in a barely audible and swifter-than-the-mind-can-comprehend fashion, a disclaimer that tells you all the ways this drug can harm you.

Jeffrey E. Green