IRS investigating Track Town? Lananna offers to spread IAAF pork

The IRS rumor is from a normally reliable source. I don’t know exactly what it’s about, and I assume that most of these investigations go nowhere, but fwiw Track Town’s recent 990 forms are here:

DOJ Track Town 990 2015DOJ Track Town 990 2014

The RG story by Diane Dietz is here:

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As expected, Lananna has trimmed $15M from his $40M legislative and is promising plenty o’ pork to spread around the state:

“Eastern Oregon,” Lananna said. “You’ll be surprised.”

Actually, Malheur Lake Wildlife Refuge looks like it would be a great training facility. Lananna’s other strategy is to put the fear of California in the legislators:

Big federations, such as Australia, the United Kingdom and Germany, will be in the market for an Oregon base of operations, and they’ll land at places such as Oregon State University, Willamette University, and any other entrepreneurial town that makes a pitch.

… It’s not too early for Oregon chambers of commerce and tourist bureaus to ready their appeals for the 2021 trade, he said. “If we don’t get on this right away, they’ll be staying in California and Washington,” Lananna said.

Then there are all the spillover benefits for Nike. Whoops, I forgot Nike can’t be mentioned, sorry, I mean for uh, Ninkasi. Yeah, right, that’s the big winner from the World Track and Field Championships – craft beer:

“Somebody from Switzerland comes into Eugene and is sitting in a pub and drinks a Ninkasi — and they start talking about this back in Switzerland. Now you’re no longer talking about a local craft beer; you’re talking about a potential global product. There’s many examples of that.”

Not to mention the $5M salary spillover for Lananna.

Seriously, it all sounds great. So why won’t the winners pay for it – and for Lananna – and make the academic side whole? Here’s what the famously corrupt IAAF wants us to pay for. Sorry, it’s a long list:

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For starters, free UO staff labor, while we keep those pesky seminars and academic classes off campus:

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And that’s on top of the IAAF’s other demands:

From the IAAF website, here.

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.

Lananna wraps up with a little of the charm that convinced Lamine Diack to sell the 2021 games to Track Town, for our money:

Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, has been publicly skeptical.

“Peter is spectacularly bright, passionate,” Lananna said. “He loves the state of Oregon. He has been supportive in the past. He’s got a lot of things that he has got to balance. I fully respect however he feels about this, and I’m hopeful and optimistic that he’ll see how good this can be for the state of Oregon.”

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2 Responses to IRS investigating Track Town? Lananna offers to spread IAAF pork

  1. Anas clypeata says:

    At this point, the UO has hosted multiple large track meets of this sort, including the 2008 and 2012 US Olympic Trials, multiple NCAA championships, the 2015 USATF championships, and many more. Lananna and TrackTown should be able to provide us with a transparent accounting of public and private money spent on those events (including UO staff time and foregone revenue), how many people they drew, and direct revenue and permanent improvements that resulted from them.

    We at the UO have spent too long chewing on bullshit economic projections, like those used for the Knight arena and the Autzen expansion, that have no protection clauses for the public. Let’s see a guarantee from TrackTown and the IAAF that they will get theirs if their projections materialize.

  2. oh, bother says:

    It’s ridiculous they, the IAAF, aren’t being charged for UO staff time while the amount of $ being spent on salaries is considered a problem is ridiculous.

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