These cities decided paying to host the World Cup wasn’t worth it – Mother Jones

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The International Football Association (FIFA) revealed, on Thursday, 16 host cities for the 2026 World Cup for men, which will be held in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Cities have been racing for a chance to be chosen since FIFA awarded the tournament to the three nations in 2018.

There were a couple of particularly notable gaps. Washington, D.C., which had made a joint bid with Baltimore, was turned down. This is quite embarrassing, given that the capitals are always part of the World Cup and the capital is built for international tourists and corrupt bureaucrats. (Unfortunately for DC, Dan Snyder Stadium is Barely built for football, which is why the city ended up appending its name to Baltimore’s offer.) Edmonton’s offer was also rejected, leaving Canada with only two host cities. why? one reason, according to To journalist Grant Wahl, FIFA executives were not interested in traveling to Alberta.

It’s kind of funny, in a grim way, to read about FIFA’s sudden eclecticism. After all, the 2022 edition of the tournament is set in Qatar. The Gulf country, which won the chance to host after a corrupt bidding process, has no Sufficient number of hotels To house the influx of visitors and fans in the literal sense of the word It won’t even be accepted To the country without a match ticket. She had to build her stadiums from scratch at a cost thousands of workers. It is also particularly hot. It’s so hot that the event has been moved from the traditional summer window to the November/December schedule, disrupting the entire global football schedule at every level for several years – all until they can hold the tournament in a country where homosexuality is illegal. What the hell did you do? Edmonton Ever no one?

as such Watchman she has HingeAmerican cities have gone to great lengths to get their names into controversy. Missouri lawmakers have voted to suspend sales taxes on World Cup tickets to help Kansas City’s chances. It worked. Florida and Georgia, which have done the same, will also host the games. Philadelphia has turned public gardens into professional training fields. We’re used to this race to the bottom when it comes to state and local authorities trying to land sporting events (or corporate headquarters), so while it’s not ideal to see officials grumbling about the senator’s attention once called “Mafia-style criminal gang”, it was not unexpected.

But for me the most interesting thing about this whole process was who he did not do pony up. Neither Chicago nor Montreal – two of the continent’s prominent cities, the former host city in 1994 – participated in the final bidding rounds. The Quebec government has complained that the expected cost has doubled in the three years since it first entered discussions, and it will cost some 103 million dollars (Canadian) – Just to host a few matches in an already existing stadium! Chicago Quote FIFA is ambiguous about the financial consequences of announcing the withdrawal. A city spokesperson said: “The uncertainty for taxpayers, along with FIFA’s inflexibility and unwillingness to negotiate, were clear indications that further pursuit of the bid was not in Chicago’s interest.” He said in time. Arizona, which similarly withdrew from the bid, has complained about FIFA’s long slate stimulate, which includes that all contracts for the event be in writing under Swiss law. The message from those cities and states was clear: It wouldn’t be worth it.

As we head into the tournament (we still have another one to play first), expect to see the usual series of stories touting the financial benefits of hosting a major international event. But not only economists and community members are openly talking about the hidden costs of hosting major sporting events this time around; All the other cities did the math and decided that the best way to watch this World Cup was to sit on the sofa.