Olympic talks begin, climate a bit chilly

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Five years ago, when Bill Payne’s drive to land the 1996 Summer Olympics for Atlanta seemed to be some kind of a joke, the real estate attorney predicted a $600-million pricetag for American TV rights. Now that’s funny. As negotiations open in New York this week, Atlanta organizers and their partners from the International Olympic Committee face the task of pushing the rights above the $401 million NBC paid for Barcelona.

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