Olympic Money Matters
Folks have been grabbing up Olympics tickets lately like they were free white truffles. Yesterday TOROC announced it had met its revenue target of 64 million Euros by selling 766,000 tickets. By this morning sales had exceeded 789,000.
At the same time, the Opening Ceremony busted the earnings record for a "sporting event in Italy," banking 13.28 million Euros gross. I dunno, but it didn't seem like a sporting event to me, but I won't quibble with the results. That's a lot of dough for a single event.
And finally, I had no idea that gold medal victors in the US were given a $25,000 bonus. (If only bloggers got half that.) Still, here's an Olympic story for your happy bank: Joey Cheek promised to donate his bonus, if he happened to win a gold, to the organization called "Right to Play," specifically targeting his donation to the troubled region of Darfur in Sudan. He's asked his sponsors to match the amount.
Joey Cheek skated a career best and won the 500 meters pretty easily on Monday.
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Feel like emulating Cheek's largess and donating to Right to Play? Right on!