NEW YORK -- Leaders of the city's teetering bid to host the
2012 Summer Olympics appear to be employing Yogi Berra's
philosophy: It ain't over till it's over.
Amid a published report that Queens is now being considered as a
possible site for an Olympic stadium, NYC2012 executive director
Jay Kriegel said Saturday the filming of a promotional video
pitching New York to the International Olympic Committee would
proceed as planned this weekend.
"We urge New Yorkers to come out and show their support and
enthusiasm for bringing the Olympic Games to our great city," he
The effort to bring the 2012 Games to New York had a serious
setback Monday when state leaders refused to approve $300 million
in funding for a proposed $2.2 billion stadium in Manhattan. The
stadium was to have been used primarily as the home of the NFL's
New York Jets, but would have been renovated to accommodate the
2012 Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, as well as track and
The Jets now reportedly are considering a stadium deal with the
rival Giants in New Jersey.
A published report Saturday said NYC2012 was considering a
collaboration with the Mets to either rebuild the team's baseball
stadium in Queens and use that as a home for the Olympics, or erect
a new structure in nearby Willets Point.
The NYC2012 committee was working through the weekend to
finalize a plan that could be presented to the IOC as early as
Monday, The New York Times said. The IOC will vote on which city
hosts the 2012 Games on July 6. The five cities in the running are
New York, Paris, London, Madrid and Moscow.