Celtics owner Pagliuca takes over Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid

The group leading the bid to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston shook up its management Thursday, making Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca the new chairman in an attempt to revive the cityand’s chances of hosting the Summer Games.
Pagliuca takes over the effort to convince the IOC to send the Summer Olympics to the United States for the first time since 1996. The managing director of Bain Capital and formerly a vice chairman of the bid, he will replace construction magnate John Fish, the point man through a domestic competition in which Boston was selected by the USOC as the American bid city.
andquotI think itand’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Massachusetts and for Boston,andquot Pagliuca said, arguing that the Olympics can be a catalyst for job-creation and urban renewal in a city that is looking ahead to its 400th birthday. andquotItand’s a pretty exciting project. I havenand’t seen many projects that are that impactful for cities.andquot
Since being picked by the USOC in January, Bostonand’s bid has stumbled amid doubts by residents that the games can be delivered without taxpayer money. Recent polls show fewer than half of the residents support the cityand’s bid, though the number statewide jumps to nearly 60 percent if public money is not involved.
The struggles have left the USOC second-guessing its decision to put Boston forward instead of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
andquotThe USOC has been supportive and also needs to see more detailed plans themselves,andquot Pagliuca said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press, adding that more details will be released next month. andquotI think thatand’s going to be great for the USOC, for the IOC and for the people of Boston.andquot
Also added to the organizing committee on Thursday as senior aisers were Red Sox President Larry Lucchino, who has helped three major league baseball teams build new stadiums, and local aertising executive and philanthropist Jack Connors. Peter Roby, the director of Northeastern Universityand’s Center for Sport in Society, joined the bid as a vice chairman.
andquotTodayand’s announcement adds to an already impressive team at Boston 2024 and showcases the incredible support the bid enjoys from Bostonand’s business, civic, educational and political leadership,andquot USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said in a statement. andquotI look forward to working closely with Mayor (Marty) Walsh, Steve Pagliuca and everyone committed to this bid to successfully finish what weand’ve started, and bring the Games to the USandquot
The USOC has said it will submit a formal bid to the IOC in September if Boston canand’t turn around its public support the national governing body could turn to Los Angeles – which hosted the games in 1932 and 1984 – as a backup. The US nominee is expected to compete against Rome Paris Hamburg, Germany and Budapest, Hungary.
The group No Boston Olympics said Thursday that the management changes did not affect its view of the bid.