Yikes: Lananna still hasn’t shown Johnson Hall Track Town’s IAAF bid

That’s the word from UO’s Public Records Officer. She then graciously offers to get a copy from Track Town:


Dear Mr. Harbaugh,

The University does not possess the bid book you requested, as TrackTown provided the bid book directly to the Register Guard. It is our understanding that Mr. Lananna did not prepare the bid book, and to the extent that he ever used that document it was in his capacity as a TrackTown employee (Mr. Lananna is employed by the University at a .69 FTE , and the remainder of his time is spent as a TrackTown employee.)  It is for this reason that UO never possessed a copy of the bid book.  The University has provided you with all the records Vin Lananna possessed in his UO e-mail and files that is in any way relate to the 2019 IAAF Championships.

That said, the office can contact TrackTown for a copy of the bid book, which we can then provide to you.   


Lisa Thornton
Public Records Office
6207 University of Oregon

Now that’s a new level of transparency for UO. In my reply I thank her and suggest she might also want to send a copy to the Provost and President. Apparently Coltrane found out about the bid from a rumor down at the faculty club:

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And give the jocks free labor while you keep those pesky seminars and academic classes off campus:

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12/21/2015: Below are some of the IAAF’s costs and perks for their entourage, which UO Director of State Relations Hans Bernard is going to ask the legislature to pay for in February. About $40M worth. Or will the UO Foundation pay? The claim is that this will not be a trade-off for money to support UO’s academic side. Sure it won’t:

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Here’s UO Foundation CEO Paul Weinhold pledging the Foundation will make good any shortfalls:

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Here’s Boston mayor bailing on Boston’s Olympic bid after reporters uncovered similar shenanigans:

“This is a commitment I cannot make without assurances that Boston and its residents will be protected,” Walsh said. “I refuse to mortgage the future of the city away. I refuse to put Boston on the hook for overruns. And I refuse to commit to signing a guarantee that uses taxpayer dollars to pay for the Olympics.”


From the IAAF website, here. http://www.iaaf.org/eventbidding/iaaf-events/iaaf-world-championships:

The following are the main financial obligations of the organising committee:

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) is responsible for overall management of the event budget.

• Pay prize money for the IAAF World Championships (total amount USD 7.194 million);

• Pay travel and full-board accommodation costs for the quota athletes (approximately 2,000) for a maximum of 13 nights in a 4* hotel;

• Charge not more than USD 100, per person per night, for full-board accommodation in twin rooms for additional athletes and team officials for a maximum of 13 nights;

• Pay travel and full-board accommodation costs for the IAAF Competition Delegates (approximately 55 people) and in addition travel and full-board accommodation costs of the required site visits;

• Pay travel and full-board accommodation costs for one Congress Delegate per member federation for a maximum of 15 nights (approximately 212 people);

• Charge not more than USD 100 for bed & breakfast accommodation in single rooms for members of the IAAF Family accommodated in a 4* or 5* hotel;

• Pay any related cost for national competition officials;

• Pay full-board accommodation costs for the staff of the technology partner providing timing / chip timing services, a minimum of 58 people for a minimum of 18 nights and for 2 site visits by 2 people;

• Pay full-board accommodation costs for the staff of the technology partner providing results and information services, a minimum of 37 people for a minimum of 22 nights and 2 site visits by 2 people;

• Provide free of charge networking and internet connection following specifications of IAAF and its technology partners;

• Pay at least 50% of the costs of these services provided by a company appointed by IAAF (in the event the IAAF does not have a technology partner for the timing and/or results services);

• Pay for the provision of up to 800 Commentator Information System (CIS) terminals;

• Pay accommodation costs for the competition staff of Mondo, a minimum of 4 people for 15 nights;

• Provide free-of-charge the IAAF and Dentsu with equipped offices, including fast and secure internet connection in their respective hotels and in the stadium;

• Pay the costs of a first-class event presentation including the services of the IAAF event presentation team;

• Provide free-of-charge the IAAF and Dentsu with an agreed number of VVIP and VIP tickets in the main tribune, adequate hospitality for such ticket holders and an agreed number of parking passes;

• Pay USD 50,000 towards the development costs of the accreditation system and the full-board accommodation costs for the accreditation company team (approximately 10 people for approximately of 28 nights) as well as a contribution towards the cards (i.e., USD 2.50 per card issued). Cover any expenses for the shipped accreditation equipment to clear customs and contribute to a maximum of USD 1500. Cover 50% of the travel expenses of the accreditation company staff if the event is taking place outside of Europe. In addition, pay travel and full-board accommodation costs of the required site visits. Special requests from the LOC to the accreditation company will also be at the LOC’s expense;

• Pay the organisational costs of the IAAF Congress, including the provision of:

◦ the congress centre;

◦ the technical equipment (including facilities for simultaneous translation in six languages TV production, secure networking for offices and the voting system);

◦ the office equipment;

◦ the opening ceremony and official dinner;

• Pay the organisation costs for 2 Council Meetings during the time of the championships and one before – including the provision of:

◦ the council meeting room(s);

◦ the technical equipment (including facilities for simultaneous translation in three languages, networking);

◦ the office equipment;

◦ the official dinner;

• Pay the costs of the advertising boards, advertising material and related services for the national sponsors and 50% of the cost of the gantries for the non-stadia events;

• Pay for the painting of a blue line on the course of the non-stadia events, showing the shortest possible route;

• Pay the creation and registration of trademarks or brands as requested by the IAAF / Dentsu;

• Provide a free, live TV broadcast signal (as per specifications defined by IAAF) via a host broadcaster (non-rights holder in home country) to be proposed by the LOC;

• Provide free of charge working facilities including internet connection for TV commentators and media;

• Pay any tax that the host country’s government may levy on any prize money earned by the athletes;

• Pay any and all taxes in connection with the importation, exportation, transportation, installation and customs clearance of any VIK, premiums and promotional gift items of the commercial affiliates;

• Pay the costs for doping control organisation and implementation, including blood testing pre-competition (number of samples as requested by the IAAF) and approximately 500 competition urine tests and 150 EPO or other additional special analyses (e.g., IRMS) as requested by IAAF;

• Provide appropriate medical organisation (health care and sports medicine services), as per IAAF competition medical guidelines accessible on IAAF website;

• Pay for insurance policies as required by the IAAF, inclusive of operational activities of Dentsu and IAAF commercial partners;

• Pay for the production of the bibs in case the LOC is granted the rights to commercialise the bibs.

Bidding summary

Frequency Duration Athletes/ officials Bidding Timelines Candidatures
Open Deadline Decision
Every odd year 9 days 3200 5 years prior 4.5 years prior 4.5 years prior

This information is intended to provide future organisers with general guidelines on the main requirements for the organisation of the event and is subject to change.

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13 Responses to Yikes: Lananna still hasn’t shown Johnson Hall Track Town’s IAAF bid

  1. thedude says:

    Given that none of the hotels are that nice in Eugene, will the UO foundation be on the hook to build a **** one?

  2. .69 FTE with cheese says:

    Nothing wrong with working for Track Town, their pizza is great. In all seriousness though, it doesn’t seem like Lanananana did anything wrong. It’s UO that seemed desperate to throw money his way in exchange for plausible deniability. UO admin has made a big business out of not knowing things, it shouldn’t surprise you that they weren’t shown the bid docs. They also didn’t know (or won’t admit) that they fired the Auditor, the Ombuds, Cleavenger, Fox, Kira, Stokes, Morlok, Gottfredson…

    • Not in writing, in writing says:

      Coltrane goes on the record with what I’ve heard various JH denizens say to me for years now – if it’s anything important, make sure you say it in person or on the phone, and you better not write it down anywhere. It’s like Snapchat over there, but with even more scandalous content.

  3. Sports Fan says:

    Based on what has been revealed, no way this thing stays within a neat $40 million price tag. Calling my shot at $250 million, with the taxpayers left holding the bag.

  4. honest Uncle Bernie says:

    off topic, but this article re PERS might be of interest, if only for the contribution of our very own Jaimie Moffitt. (Her concern for precious tuition dollars touching given the miserly remuneration of Ms. Moffitt and her husband):


    • Daffy duck says:

      The volatility in state financing and pers rates is a real problem, but having a UO Vice President throw UO pers employees under the bus of state politics is just plain stupid. instead, she could have pointed out that Oregon budget costs for pensions are half the national average of the states.

  5. SaveUofO says:

    What would be nice to see is legislation barring athletics employees from receiving any PERS benefits. It’s insulting to refer to them as public employees when they are anything but.

    • honest Uncle Bernie says:

      Be careful, a lot of people in this state, and probably in the legislature, would be happy to lump in athletic employees with all higher education officials, including professors. Perhaps cap pensions at, say, $50K/year, the median household income in Oregon, or something like that?

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