World Cup Shines Spotlight on Growing Popularity of Soccer in the U.S.

The FIFA World Cup is the world’s most watched sporting event. The month-long international tournament draws the attention of hardcore fans and casual fans alike. FIFA estimates that at least one billion people watched the World Cup Final in 2010, and the event draws millions of dollars in advertising revenue. It’s no mystery that the World cup gains so many viewers, as soccer is the world’s most popular sport. But the United States has always been an anomaly when it comes to the sport. Most …

OP-ED: Let the good times roll?

History making sporting events like the World Cup or the Olympics do an amazing job at putting the spotlight on its host country for all the world to see. However, shining the spolitght on that country has a tendency to shed some light on that country’s problems. In the case of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the country’s current economic state has made many wonder if its right for a country with serious economic and social issues to host such a extravagant event?

OP-ED: Hosting the World Cup, the right choice

When FIFA confirmed Brazil as the site of the 2014 World Cup in 2007, the BBC reported that celebrations broke out throughout the country. Now with the current protests in Brazil, some are questioning the wisdom of allowing certain countries to host the World Cup based on economic factors. Are these critics claiming that GDP should be a qualifying factor to host the World Cup? If so, Brazil’s GDP is the seventh largest in the world according to the World Bank. How does Brazil not …