The Sports Business Journal reported today that the United States Olympic Committee will close its international relations office in Southern California and relocate the five-person office to Colorado Springs.
The publication quoted USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun, who said that In order for the USOC to operate effectively, it needs to be more integrated on a day-to-day basis
The story went on to say that the closure of the office is the first significant change made by Blackmun since he took the helm as CEO in late January and that the move underscores his effort to enhance communication and eliminate unnecessary expenses. To achieve that, he hopes to limit the number of satellite offices and make sure the ones that exist are strategically located.
The USOC opened the international relations office in California in 2006 under the direction of then-USOC Chairman Peter Ueberroth. The office was located in Irvine, Calif., a short drive from the office of Ueberroth’s private equity firm, The Contrarian Group. The location made sense at the time because Ueberroth oversaw the USOC’s international relations efforts.