Cancel the Cup?

People gather at Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha to protest against the allocation of funds (Photo: Beto Barata/Getty Images). - via Fox News.

People gather at Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha to protest against the allocation of funds (Photo: Beto Barata/Getty Images). – via Fox News.

The following is a great article from Fox News (I never thought I would say that). It addresses an interesting question – should the World Cup in Brazil be cancelled?

Why force Brazil to host World Cup?

Does anyone really want to cancel the World Cup?

I like this as a terrifying tactic for the Brazilian people to get what they want from the government. But in reality, that means the millions poured into the stadiums will see no return.

I don’t understand the economics around the World Cup in Brazil, but I think somebody better get on it.

If the numbers are crunched and the World Cup Brazil games will be operating at a loss anyway – if the negative numbers will only increase as the games are played – let’s get out for goodness sake.

But if there is a chance that in the end the operations will pull off a return, or at least reduce total losses, the games need to stay on schedule and the government needs to be totally transparent about where profit is going – and it better be going into the infrastructure of the country.

Scenario #2 depends on the powers that be to 1) make an honest and realistic assessment of how profitable or not hosting the games is going to be and 2) honestly report about where the revenues are going to land. I don’t have complete faith that either of these tasks will take place, but here is hoping.

What do you think? Cancel the Cup?

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25 Responses to Cancel the Cup?

  1. mallory says:

    ive been hearing a lot about boycotting the world cup. actually, the whole notion makes me angry. don’t get me wrong, i am one hundred percent for protesting and changing the way the government treats public money, but the idea of canceling the cup NOW, 4 years after being awarded it by FIFA, seems a lot like buyer’s remorse. We’ve had four years to protest the world cup. why change our minds after all the money is spent? this is Brazil, many people wrote/talked about how the world cup and olympics would come with billion dollar price tags laced with scandal and corruption. this information isn’t new, we knew it the minute we won the bid! but Brazilians did not cry out against accepting the wold cup, on the contrary there were parties! people were excited and many still are. the problem isn’t the world cup. the world cup is just an easy target now to focus on now that the bus fare has been returned to normal. brazilians need to focus on the big picture and not just the sensationalism. changing the government will take decades and will require a change in the public attitude towards elections, towards understanding candidates and what they stand for and also a change in personal behavior. the brazilian citizenry is not squeaky clean, the majority will take a jeitinho whenever they can. we need to act the way we want our government to act. i heard a really good quote on tv last night, it was about how revolutions begin with revolutionizing the individual first. Brazilian politics, behavior and culture are all tightly interwoven. realizing that you want change is the first step, now its time everyone asks themselves how they can help bring about the change so that we can prevent the type of scandal and corruption that taints this world cup from happening again in the future.

    • True! It is not easy to change the culture of a nation… but it looks like it might be happening. Good points in the World Cup. But I hope the threats out there – for canceling it or boycotting it – make some of these Brazil politicians and FIFA people start to jump!

      • mallory says:

        I agree. an awesome outcome would be if it inspires future host nations to force FIFA to pay for the cost of new stadiums, it’s FIFA’s event after all!

        • krando says:

          Mallory, I agree 100%!!!! South Africa got financially screwed from hosting 2010.
          FIFA is a dirty organization and YES — they NEED to be forced to pay for costs!!
          This is my personal hope for the future cups!

    • krando says:

      A negative (yet often deserving) label on Brazil/Brazilians in general is the lack of responsibility, citizenship and wide-spread tendency to screw others for personal gain.
      I can’t help but see this new anti-cup attitude as any different.
      Brazil bid hard to host both sporting events. They got what they wanted and won the bids.
      They celebrated, boasted and got their ego stroked. They felt proud that the world wanted to come onto their soil. (and rightfully so!)
      They felt just as good or better than those snobby “first world” countries that didn’t win the bids. “Chupa!”

      But today Brazil’s tone is different. It’s more like “uh… no thanks. We don’t want to host the cup or Olympics anymore. Get out of OUR country. Screw the rest of the world. I know you’re all counting on us to do what we volunteered for and we said we’d do… but that’s not really of any concern to us NOW. So leave.”

      I think it’s sad.
      I think it’s a sign of the same Brazil.

      I agree that change NEEDS to happen in Brazil. Big time.
      Clearly the Brazilian government has been failing miserably to fulfill its obligations to it’s people for a very long time.
      Now the Brazilian people are standing up (rightfully!) and protesting this unjust behavior. But I find it fascinating that the same angry Brazilian people are just fine with turning their backs on the cup and their failing to fulfill their own obligations to the rest of the world.

      I think it’s a step backwards in the fight to change the mentality of the nation.

      • I see your point. I was viewing this as the people of Brazil fighting their own government for the obvious overspend (and assumed stealing) in getting the stadiums ready for the cup. I think that the World Cup is a great threat to use – neither FIFA nor Dilma want anyone protesting when the games are going on. I don’t know if Brazilians really just want the foreigners out – I don’t think that is the case. But they are smart in using the World Cup to get want they want out of their own country (intentionally or unintentionally…). There are huge portions of the population here that are woefully undereducated, so sometimes the logic is not the same as ours might be.

        • krando says:

          I hear you. You are right.
          The people are so desperate for a major change and nobody’s ever listened before. So this is all they’ve got. The only trick up their sleeve is to try to ruin these international sporting events. I do understand it. I just don’t like it.
          I truly hope the “threat” of it works to evoke change. I don’t want them to actually ruin anything though. I think that would be a BIG mistake.

          I just hate that it’s come to this. I so frustrated with how unjust Brazil can be.
          I hope these movements help to change that.

  2. I completely agree with Mallory. In terms of the article, the author is asking quite a lot regarding assessing the world cup ‘honestly’ and talking about profits being allocated to the public. That all depends on how you define ‘profits’. Frankly, this is why I am glad that Chicago lost the Olympic bid. It is costly and favors corruption.

  3. The Rider says:

    We are only now beginning to find out ho much corruption and theft took place in our 2010 World Cup… Is it worth it…

  4. Fred Wildsd says:

    I know it truly must hurt giving Fox news credit for anything. Canceling Will not really help the matter because more money will be taken from the people to make up the loss. Use these events along with carnival to bring attention to matter. That is how changes are made. Let the world find out what is going on. I am going to try and interview one of my contacts there to fill us in on everything we don’t know

  5. OMG…what is going on in the world? I am an American – from NYC – that moved here permanently to the interior of SP about a year ago. I love this country and have for over 13 years. I know Brasil has problems. What country these days doesn’t? But to cancel the cup would be insane. Not just for the money already spent. But Brasil is on track to be a world power. This would be a huge mistake and embarrassment to this country. Yes, FIFA gets most of the money but huge sums of money will come into this country with tourism. Millions of dollars will be spent on hotels, cars, food, t-shirts, saldagos, etc. Not to mention the money that will come later when the tourists come back. Now is the time to discuss how to best use these stadiums after the World Cup and the Olympics are over.

    Please do not cancel the world cup!!

    • I really, really hope that the money comes in. I really hope that Brazil is still on track to become a world power – the protests will certainly help that. I think you are right in that if discussions can evolve into how the stadium will be used after the games, that might bring a bit of calm. Thanks for your comment!

  6. Samia says:

    Here is hoping.


  7. Cancelling the cup would be the wrong thing to do on so many levels. Far too many people have invested time, money and reputations to do that. The only way it could happen, in my view, is if the security situation became a lot worse, and it would need to be practically a civil war before it became bad enough.

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