NBA legend Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss and rapper Andre "Dr. Dre" Young headlined a 117-member group of selections and nominees for the LA 2024 Board of Directors announced by the Los Angeles' Olympic bid organization Thursday.
LA 2024 confirmed the entire list on its official website. Other notable choices include Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, San Francisco Giants president Larry Baer and Walt Disney Company chairman Bob Iger.
Casey Wasserman, chairman of LA2024, released a statement about the wide-ranging team:
The world is changing, and so are the needs of the Olympic and Paralympic Movements. This calls for new thinking, and that is precisely what the diverse group of 117 leaders and innovators on LA 2024's Board of Directors brings to LA's bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. LA 2024's low-risk proposal has earned 88 percent public support for the Games and does not require building any new permanent venues. That means that instead of focusing on complex and costly construction projects, we can dedicate this group's incredible energy and creativity to connecting the Games to the future.
Along with bringing together a diverse group of innovators, entrepreneurs and members of the sports community, the board of directors gives the city's Olympic bid another key factor: star power.
That should come in handy with the battle for the 2024 Summer Olympics down to Los Angeles and Paris, two of the world's best-known cities. In February, Budapest joined Hamburg and Rome in dropping out of the contest to make it a two-horse race, according to Victor Mather of the New York Times.
United States President Donald Trump confirmed his support for the Games in February during a radio interview on Westwood One, per Nick Zaccardi of NBC Sports. Trump spoke directly with the International Olympic Committee about Los Angeles' bid:
They wanted to have an endorsement from me, and I gave it to them very loud and clear. I would love to see the Olympics go to Los Angeles. I think that it'll be terrific. The United States committee's members have asked me to speak up about it, and I have, and I think I've helped them, and let's see what happens. But I'd be very happy and honored if they would choose Los Angeles, and we'd stand behind it.
The IOC will elect and announce the host city for the 2024 Summer Games during a session in Lima, Peru, on Wednesday, Sept. 13.