Venue of 2022 FIFA World Cup may change; Fox unhappy

Fox Sports is awaiting FIFA’s official decision on whether or not they will be changing the location of the 2022 Soccer World Cup.  Qatar was agreed upon, until officials realized that hosting the event during it’s usual time (June) could potentially be too hot.  Temperatures can reach up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer.  In 2011, Fox Sports agreed to buy the rights to the World Cup for the years 2018 and 2022 for a record-setting $425 million.

“‘Fox Sports bought the World Cup rights with the understanding they would be in the summer as they have been since the 1930s.'”

A major reason why Fox is against moving the 2022 Cup to the winter is because it would conflict with the National Football League (NFL) games.  This conflict goes to show just how many different commitments major companies/corporations are involved in.  Of course when Fox made the deal with FIFA, they didn’t know this hiccup would occur.  But that’s life, and sometimes things don’t go as planned.  And planning is one of the things that companies count on.  They like to know exactly what they are getting in order to make the most informed decisions they can.  If FIFA does choose to move the 2022 World Cup to winter time, I will be interested to how Fox responds.  My guess – they will pull out of their agreement with FIFA and will essentially choose American football over international football.

Sports are a major producer of capital in our American industry and play such an important role in our social lives.  A whole section of the newspaper is dedicated just to sports.  I think FIFA officials need to consider the potential repercussions of changing the World Cup to the winter, and should consider changing venues instead.  It is a part of the sport and its tradition to have it in the summer time, and changing that may ignite chaos among many fans.

Qatar was originally chosen over offers from the U.S., Australia, Korea and Japan.


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