It is heart breaking that our country is not going to be in world cup 2018.Could the US ultimately emerge from the wreckage of its failed attempt to reach the 2018 World Cup finals as a bigger power?
So, stronger? My answer is No. What the confounding 2-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago will do is accelerate by nine months a process of hand-wringing, navel-gazing, retirements and resolutions to make structural changes that probably would have occurred next summer anyway. I can’t believe that we did not make it Russia 2018. “Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” Well saying that whatever doesn’t kill you as a businessman for our country, our Major League Soccer (MLS), makes you miss out on millions of dollars of sponsorship and prize money, an incalculable amount of free publicity, invaluable experience for young players, expanding the fan base, enhancing international credibility and leveraging the only way to achieve a mass domestic television audience.
Other than that, and reducing the chances of any more radioactive “why soccer is un-American” well there can be no benefits to losing an invitation to the party.
It’s impossible to say just how harmful the US’s absence will prove because of the lack of recent precedents. Next year’s World Cup finals will be the first without American involvement since 1986. That’s 10 years before the inaugural season of Major League Soccer transformed the landscape. In the mid-80s the team included part-timers and players more used to the indoor format.
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I was told that to host world cup soccer the event will cost the host country more than $10 billion.
Russia has increased government spending on the 2018 World Cup by 19.1 billion rubles ($325 million) .
Total spending rises to 638.8bn rubles ($10.8bn), with all of the increase coming from federal budget funds, which now make up almost 55 percent of total spending.
FIFA alone promised the host country X million( not disclosed to the public) for hosting and all revenue from the ticket sales, and then the sponsors will pay the host country as well the broadcasters with an audience of about 1 billion people around the world. The estimated two million live spectators ticket sales will generates an astronomical 1 billion dollars for the host country.
FIFA made an insane amount of money off of Brazil’s $15 billion cost for the World Cup. When in 2014 FIFA released its financial report, it shows how the organization profited off the World Cup that cost Brazil $15 billion. The 2014 World Cup generated $4.8 billion in revenue for FIFA compared to $2.2 billion in expenses therefore net profit of $2.6 billion.
The $4.8 billion that FIFA made goes as follow, $2.4 billion in TV rights fees, $1.6 billion in sponsorships, and $527 million in ticket sales.
The tournament cost an estimated $15 billion, a significant portion of which was public money. Brazil spent $3.6 billion building and renovating 12 stadiums for the tournament. three yeas later, some of those are turning into white elephants. The $300 million Arena Amazonia in Manaus, for example, held just 11 events in the five months after the tournament.
The winner Germany in the final got $35 million in prize money paid to its national federation, which can spend the money as it chooses. That’s $5 million more than the $30 million Spain took home from South Africa four years ago. The runner up Argentina got $25 million (up from $24 million in 2010), while the third- and fourth-place teams get $22 million and $20 million, the Quarter finalists get $14 million, round of 16 losers get $9 million and those which failed to advance from the group get $8 million respectively. FIFA paid $1.5 million in advance to each of the 32 federations to prepare for the tournament — an increase of $500,000 from the 2010 tournament.
KAMBIZ MERABI 12-01-2017 LA.
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