• Loading stock data...
Friday, July 12, 2024

Wemby, Mbappé Give Paris Olympics Ticket Sales Big Boost

  • Organizers begin third wave of ticket sales, but without lottery
  • Homegrown star power acts as powerful attraction for fans
Yukihito Taguchi-USA TODAY Sports

Homegrown French stars will loom large in the next wave of ticket sales for the upcoming Paris 2024 Summer Olympics.

Organizers put tickets for soccer, basketball, handball, and sailing competitions being held outside of Paris on sale Wednesday. Fans are expected to clamor to see Victor Wembanyama, recently selected first overall in the 2023 NBA Draft by San Antonio, and Kylian Mbappé, who led France to the 2022 FIFA World Cup final and is one of the world’s highest-paid athletes.

The latest batch of ticket sales also are beginning amid a troubled stretch for the Paris 2024 Organizing Committee. In recent weeks, the event has been hit with serious corruption allegations, controversy over alcohol restrictions, and issues surrounding high ticket prices and planned treatment of the city’s homeless during the Games.

More than 6.8 million tickets have already been sold so far for Paris 2024 during two prior rounds. The tickets for soccer, basketball, handball, and sailing — all competitions set to be held at least in part in various regional locations around France — were originally scheduled to be sold later this year, but organizers accelerated the timetable for this third round of sales amid the strong demand.

The tickets are being sold globally on a first-come, first-serve basis and without any sort of lottery that had been used in prior rounds.

Paris 2024 organizers are openly touting the likely presence of Mbappé at next year’s Olympics, even as it remains unclear whether he will be allowed by his professional club to play.

Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

What to Read

Apr 25, 2024; Detroit, MI, USA; NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addresses the crowd during the 2024 NFL Draft at Campus Martius Park and Hart Plaza.

NFL Will Dip Its Toes in Private Equity by Year’s End

The league is likely to cap PE involvement in teams at 10%.

Man United Faces Financial Struggles After Worst Premier League Season

The Premier League club sees its losses soar and revenues fall amid ongoing on-field issues.

Big 12’s New Era Kicks Off: Expansion, Private Equity, and Global Ambitions

The new 16-team conference is holding media days in Las Vegas.
podcast thumbnail mobile
Front Office Sports Today

Warner Bros. Discovery Faces Final Decision on NBA Rights


Featured Today

NFLPA Report Cards Have Become the ‘Talk of the Locker Room’ Across..

NFLPA report cards have become the ‘talk of the locker room.’
July 7, 2024

The New College Sports Insiders Are Graphic Designers

Joe Tipton and Hayes Fawcett have become premier news-breakers on social media.
Oct 27, 2023; Sacramento, California, USA; A general of the Sacramento Kings logo on the court before the game against the Golden State Warriors at Golden 1 Center.
July 6, 2024

How Sports Went From Private Equity Punchline to Coveted Asset Class

Once an industry punchline, sports are now a coveted asset class.
July 2, 2024

Willie Mays’s Humility Was Key to His Genius

Mays took heat from all sides, and handled it his own way.

Tour de France Forced to Navigate the Paris Olympics, Too

The Olympics are disrupting the route of the iconic cycling race.
Jun 16, 2022; New York, New York, USA; A detail view of The FIFA World Cup Trophy sits on a stand outside of 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
June 5, 2024

Saudi Arabia, Likely World Cup Host, Slammed With Workers’ Rights Abuse Claims

The nation needs to build at least 10 stadiums to host.
June 7, 2024

U.S. Cricket Stuns Goliath Behind Its Star, an Ivy League Software Engineer

Team USA upset Pakistan, one of cricket’s superpowers, in overtime.

TopSpin 2K25 Brings the Legends of Tennis to Your Living Room

2K sports is reviving a classic with TopSpin 2K25.
May 6, 2024; Paris, FRANCE; A general view of construction of the Eiffel Tower Stadium, the venue for beach volleyball, in preparation for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympic Games.
June 4, 2024

Microsoft Warns of Russian Olympic Disinformation Campaign

Russian actors used an AI-generated Tom Cruise in a fake propaganda film.
Aug 18, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Julio Cesar La Cruz (CUB, red) faces Adilbek Niyazymbetov (KAZ, blue) during boxing final in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion
May 29, 2024

Discredited Boxing Organization Vows to Award Prize Money to Paris Olympians

The IBA, unrecognized by the IOC, vowed $50,000 to boxing gold medalists.
May 28, 2024

Here’s Why Cricket Is Having a Major American Moment

The U.S.’s Major League Cricket just received a key sanction—and credibility.
March 27, 2024

Ukraine’s Improbable Soccer Run Continues With Euros Qualification

The country reaches its first major soccer tournament since Russia’s invasion began.