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MJ gets on board for Chicago 2016

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Michael Jordan has finally endorsed Chicago's Olympic bid.

He appears in a new video, featuring a dozen former Olympians, released Wednesday by Chicago's Olympic bid comittee.

Bid chairman Pat Ryan revealed Jordan will not meet with IOC visitors in the next week. Ryan says Jordan will be out of town receiving a lifetime achievement award.

Also on Wednesday, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley delivered a passionate pitch to city residents stating why he believes the Games will be good for them.

"Our goal is to position Chicago to reap the benefits and lasting legacy of investment," Daley said. The Mayor emphasized a recent Chicago 2016 study which estimates an economic impact of $22 Billion if the Olympics come to town, creating 315,000 jobs.

"This is spending that would otherwise not take place," Daley declared seeming to elude to the threat of protests during the International Olympic Committee's Evaluation Commission by groups demanding a greater share of the economic upside.

Chicago 2016 Chairman Pat Ryan revealed the results of a new survey which he says found 78% of people polled in the Chicago-area say they support the Olympics coming to town.

That number is up slightly from a previous Chicago 2016 poll, a significantly higher than a Chicago Tribune poll several months ago.

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