Birmingham Organizing Committee

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The Birmingham Organizing Committee of the World Games (BOC) was a non-profit organization formed in 2014 to prepare a formal bid for Birmingham to host the World Games, and to plan and produce the event after the bid was accepted.

Birmingham resident Ron Froehlich, who as president of the International World Games Association from 1992 to 2014, had invited a delegation of Birmingham leaders to the 2013 World Games hosted in Cali, Colombia. That delegation supported the creation of an organizing committee to bid for the 2021 games

Scott Myers and Edgar Weldon of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame led the newly-formed group, which submitted a 350-page proposal to the IWGA in June 2014. David Benck of Hibbett Sports and Birmingham City Council president Johnathan Austin accompanied Myers and Weldon when they made the final pitch at IWGA headquarters. IWGA president José Perurena announced Birmingham as the winning bidder on January 22, 2015.

Alabama Power executive Jonathan Porter succeeded Weldon as chair of the Birmingham Organizing Committee in July 2016. In March 2017 veteran event organizer D. J. Mackovets was hired as the nonprofit's Chief Executive Officer. He led a budget process that whittled the originally-discussed figure of $75 million down to a proposal for a $48 million event announced in December 2017.

Mackovets resigned in late 2019 and was succeeded by Alabama Power Company executive and Alabama Sports Council chair Nick Sellers. The decision to postpone the games for one year was made in April 2020, immediately following the announcement that the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics would be postponed to 2021.

Following the conclusion of the World Games, the BOC reported that the total amount expended to produce the event was $65.1 million, about $10 million below initial projections, but $17 million more than that December 2017 budget. Revenues generated through public appropriations, sponsorships, tickets and merchandise sales, however, were only $51 million, leaving a $14.1 million shortfall, which was announced in August 2022.

The Birmingham City Council, Greater Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Jefferson County Commission combined to contribute an additional $10 million to help retire the committee's debts.

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