Almanack: That's all, folks
Sunday 06 February 1994
What exactly were the problems, then? 'It was never a financial dispute,' says Jim Trecker, a spokesman for the World Cup organising commitee. 'The dialogue centered as to how much of the show would be Disney-focused and how much World Cup-focused,' Jim burbles. Almanack assumes this corporate waffle means that one side was keen for the ceremony to be Duck-focused while the other retained a quaint belief that it should have something to do with football.
Disney's withdrawal leaves the World Cup without plans for the ceremony to be held on 17 June at Soldier Field, Chicago. The 'Imagineers' had been working on the project for four months, and the rivals they beat to the contract last year are understandably now playing hard to get. Jam Productions, for instance, made a joint bid to stage the festivities with MCA-Universal Studios. 'They asked us if we would like to do it,' says Kim DuShane, the Jam spokeswoman. 'We're not sure we have the right amount of time because of other commitments.'
The World Cup folk, of course, remain upbeat. 'There will be an opening ceremony,' Trecker says, 'and it will be terrific. The time frame is short, but it's something we can work within.'
Latest in Sport
Arsenal transfer news: Gunners fans devastated as they become only team in top 5 European leagues not to sign outfield player
Arsenal transfer news: Karim Benzema, Edinson Cavani and Gregorz Krychowiak were all linked but Wenger and Gunners fail on deadline day
David De Gea: Manchester United in bitter war of words with Real Madrid over failed transfer
David De Gea, Peter Odemwingie and the 18 weirdest transfer deadline day stories
Anthony Martial fee: 'Add-on' includes Manchester United signing winning the Ballon d'Or
- 1 Moscow voted the world's unfriendliest city
- 2 The excuses your boss is most likely to believe when you call in sick
- 3 I'm pansexual – here are the five biggest misconceptions about my sexuality
- 4 More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches, it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don’t change Europe’s attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This recognized leader in providing software s...
£40000 - £42000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This IT support company has a n...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A works engineer is required in a progressive ...