The games are starting to look like a corporate logo-infested NACAR game so I figured I'd do some internet surfing.
Corporate sponsors tighten grip on the Olympics
For their sponsorship money McDonald’s have built inside the Olympic park their biggest outlet in the world—3,000 square feet, two floors—expected to serve 1,200 customers per hour. It is the only branded cooked food product that can be sold at Olympic venues. McDonald’s also secured exclusive rights to sell chips/fries—banning 800 other retailers from doing so. It evoked so much opposition—including an injunction that fish and chips must be sold together to avoid the ban—that the rules had to be relaxed.
Spectators inside Olympic venues can only use Visa card cash points, as Visa has exclusive rights over the Olympic system of payments. As a result 80,000 spectators attending the Team GB soccer match against United Arab Emirates at Wembley in London found they could not buy food or drink, after the Visa payment system at the stadium crashed.
Spectators have been warned not to upload pictures onto Youtube or Facebook from inside the Olympic park. This warning has been extended to athletes, who have been banned from posting messages from the Olympic park thanking their sponsors.
In the Mars trilogy the Internats (International Corporations) eventually consolidated into 7 Metanats (Metanational Corporations) which controlled 90% of Earth's business, resources, production, etc. And I thought it was just good hard science-fiction, not reality.
Mars trilogy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia