Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Olympics Fever

The Olympics are in full swing in Sochi, and we here at the library wondered, "what kind of U.S. legislation exists related to the Olympics?" The best database to look to for the answer? ProQuest Congressional. (The name sort of gives it away, doesn't it?)

Because this database has so much material in it, I limited my search to Bills and Laws:
Skimming the results, one can look back and see U.S. Congress members' perspectives on the Olympics:
  • Against Holding Year 2000 Olympics in People's Republic of China (sponsored by Dennis DeConcini  of Arizona)
  • Resolution Against Holding Year 2000 Summer Olympics in China (sponsored by Bill Bradley of New Jersey)
  • Exempt from Antitrust Laws TV Networks Broadcasting the Olympics (sponsored by Thomas McMillen  of Maryland)
  • Play Fair at the Olympics Act (Sponsored by Janice Schakowsky of Illinois)
Last but not least, in January 1980, Representative Robert Bauman proposed the following:
"To request that the International Olympics Committee hold the 1980 summer Olympic games at a site other than within the Soviet Union, with assurance of U.S. financial assistance for the change In venue, and falling the relocation, to urge the U.S. Olympic Committee to withdraw from participation in the 1980 summer Olympic games in Moscow and to assist in the creation of a "Free World Olympics" at another suitable site."