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Anticipation Builds as Chicago Awaits IOC Announcement

Professor Irving Rein says the popularity of Olympic sports has been declining over the years.

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September 23, 2009 | by Brendan Cosgrove

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EVANSTON, Ill. --- Anticipation is building in Chicago as the International Olympic Committee nears a vote on the host of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Irving Rein, professor of communication studies at Northwestern University and the co-author of a book on sports fandom, discusses the popularity of the Olympics and Chicago's bid for the 2016 games.