Ah, So HERE’S Why Fox Got The 2026 World Cup Without A Bidding War
Suddenly it's all so clear.
We all wondered why Fox was given broadcast rights to the 2026 World Cup without having to jostle for position with ESPN, NBC and its other rivals. That's because it just got royally screwed by Sepp Blatter -- you know, the guy who just moved the 2022 World Cup from June-July of that year to Nov.-Dec., as we told you earlier.
So to placate the network which thought it was getting a summer ratings boost in '22, it got a clear shot at the following World Cup at a (one presumes) huge discount.
So yeah, six years from now it's Winter World Cup time. Brrr! (buttons top button of Hawaiian shirt).
FIFA took huge heat for awarding Qatar the '22 Cup, noting among other things that region's ability to cook various foods on the sidewalk with just the sun. So the Cup organizers devised a plan to cool its stadiums to a chilly 80 degrees (outdoor temperatures can reach 120 in July), but so far that technology hasn't even been tested.
So FIFA president Sepp Blatter, rather than move the Cup, just moved the dates.
A November-December World Cup would not conflict with the 2022 Olympics, but it will still cause a host of problems. European leagues will have to completely reschedule their seasons. In the U.S., the tournament will conflict with the NFL, NBA, and NHL seasons.
So you can see why Fox is having a fit.
But if you think you're going to have to pack an array of sweaters to attend, guess again. While average temperatures in Qatar drop during the winter months (71 to 75 degrees is common), it can still shoot above 80 at any time, especially in early June. In other words, you're in the desert. Prepare for it by watching Lawrence of Arabia rather than Frozen.
Other features of the 2022 Cup remain the same:
* The bid was possibly obtained through corrupt means.
* Conveniently located near most of the world's most active terrorist organizations.
* Gay rights? They'll get around to it.
* They've just outlawed air conditioners.
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