That's alright with me, because I don't watch TV anyway. I tossed the one I got in 1988 in favor of a newer 1990's model into which I can plug a DVD player. That's all I use it for. My point is though, that even though I'm nowhere close to the venue, big companies use the event to generate huge profits. It appears that being closer to the venue is even worse. According to this article, The Olympic Games Myths Busted, lots of people lose alot more than money, too. They are displaced by the maniacal land and money grabs that precede the events.
The Center for Housing Rights and Evictions suggests that all large-scale events generate a variety of human rights abuse, detentions, evictions, and deportations, all in the name of beautification. Want to know what China's up to? Give this a look, Reporters sans Frontieres.
In contrast, here is what the IOC says is the aim of the Olympics.
According to the Olympic Charter, established by Pierre de Coubertin, the goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practised without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.sounds good...