Dr. Dre Adds Global Star Power and Local Influence to 2024 Olympic Bid

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By Sam Ellis, @sellis_apsm SMU)

It has been fifteen years since the American soil was the grounds for the greatest showcase of national pride there is. Image via LA24.org

It has been fifteen years since the American soil was the grounds for the greatest showcase of national pride there is. Image via LA24.org

It has been fifteen years since the American soil was the grounds for the greatest showcase of national pride there is. The Olympics are more than just an athletic competition; they are a way to unify people through the love of country and sport. As the pinnacle for major sports leagues and consistent dominance in international events, the United States represents athletic success and prominence, as does the Olympics.

The city of Los Angeles, California is trying to bring the 2024 Olympic games to their city with a bid team consisting of many noteworthy celebrities and businesspeople including Dr. Dre.

Most know Andre Romelle Young (Dr. Dre) as a hip-hop legend that was part of some of the most famous groups and record companies of the late twentieth century. They often forget or do not know how successful and generous he is outside of the music production business.

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In 2008, he created his first pair of headphones and started the company, Beats by Dre. Six years later, the company sold for over three billion dollars to Apple.

The Los Angeles bid team now has 117 of the most important and diverse members of the local community and the nation. This group comes from all areas of our culture: sports, entertainment, technology, higher education and much more. With this kind of leadership and intellect, the team will create a fantastic pitch to the International Olympic committee with a few main points at the heart.

Unlike most other cities that bid to host the Olympic Games, LA 2024 is privately funded. In addition, LA 2024’s low-risk proposal does not call for the construction of any new permanent stadium or arenas.

Permanent structures that are created solely for the Olympics are a major deterrent for the IOC due to an inevitably negative opinion from the local population. In fact, this low-risk proposal already has an 88% approval rating from the public, signaling the city of Los Angeles and the people are all in to host the Games.

Everything seems to be pointing in the right direction for the LA 2024 Olympic bid team. Dr. Dre will provide great insight to the Olympic team on how to connect with the community given his entrepreneurship expertise and philanthropy.

Dre, along with the team of 117 fearless and innovative members, has a bulletproof argument for why Los Angeles deserves to host the 2024 Olympic games.

The IOC will choose a host city on September 13, 2017. Until then, the American population anxiously waits to once again become the home of the greatest athletic event in the world.


About the Author: Sam Ellis is a junior at Southern Methodist University and will be receiving a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Sport Management. You can find him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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