Like every other sane person we know, the New York Times’s Nate Silver is dumbfounded by FIFA’s choice for the 2022 World Cup, Qatar.
He makes the case in a post you should read, titled “Qatar a Questionable World Cup Host.”
- 1.5 million people live in Qatar, but most of them are migrant workers. The true population is closer to 200,000 – smaller than St. Petersburg, Florida.
- Not only has Qatar’s team never qualified for a World Cup – it also a complete joke.
- The outside temperature during games will reach 110 degrees. While stadiums will be cooled, the streets of Doha will not.
- To host the games, Qatar will have to construct 12 brand new stadiums within a 20 mile radius. They will be dismantled after the tournament.
- Giving the World Cup to Qatar prevents China from getting one until at least 2034.
- Qatar is an undemocratic and backwards nation. Homosexuality is punishable by five years in prison.
The biggest point Silver leaves off is a simple one: The United States population is a huge consumer of sports with a gigantic media apparatus that is always looking for fresh content. By selecting Qatar over the US, FIFA is leaving billions of dollars on the table.
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