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This backdrop of nine unsuccessful bids set the stage for Los Angeles’ winning bid for the 1984 Games. With a bid committee led by local attorney, civic leader and SCCOG President John C. Argue, Los Angeles first had to overcome New York, which made a strong effort to become the U.S. candidate. In September of 1977, Los Angeles was chosen by the USOC by a vote of 55 - 39 as the official United States candidate for the 1984 Olympic Games.
Advancing to the international round, Los Angeles found it was the only candidate in the race. Construction for the most recent Games (Montreal in 1976) had resulted in a deficit of approximately $1 billion. Concern over potential cost overruns prevented other cities from stepping forward, particularly in light of an IOC Charter requirement that the government of a host city should contractually commit to assuming all financial liability related to the organization of an Olympic Games.
Los Angeles residents were sufficiently concerned that in April 1978 a cost-control measure was placed on the November 1978 ballot. Its eventual passage was widely expected and for all practical purposes it prohibited the expenditure of city funds on the 1984 Olympic Games.
In May of 1978, the IOC awarded the 1984 Games to Los Angeles, but on a provisional basis due to continuing concerns over who would be financially liable for their operation.