Does Putting ‘America First’ Put America’s Sporting Bids Last?

1994 offered promise; 2017 isolationism.

Ed Coper
Ed Coper
Mar 3, 2017 · 6 min read
“I rigori li sbagliano soltanto quelli che hanno il coraggio di tirarli” (“Penalties are only missed by those who have the courage to take them.”).

“Perhaps there’s a big commercial opportunity arising now in the United States because of the tremendous television audiences that are booming and that the World Cup has also encouraged in its domestic game as well. We did well with football when it first went to the United States but the opportunities are bigger now.” — Then-FIFA President Sepp Blatter in 2014


“It is the World Cup. They should be able to attend the event, whatever their nationality is.” — Aleksander Ceferin, FIFA

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In ‘American Progress’, an 1872 painting, Columbia, a personification of the United States, brings light from the East into the darkness of the West, stringing telegraph wire as she goes. Not pictured: CBP.

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Weekend Caucus

The politics of sport.

Ed Coper

Written by

Ed Coper

Click-ass #campaigns. Covering the sport of politics & the politics of sport. Founder, Corelab www.corelab.co Weekend Caucus www.weekendcaucus.com

Weekend Caucus

The politics of sport. Weekend Caucus is the new constituency — sports fans who want to go behind the scores, stats and standings to explore what it all says about our society.

Ed Coper

Written by

Ed Coper

Click-ass #campaigns. Covering the sport of politics & the politics of sport. Founder, Corelab www.corelab.co Weekend Caucus www.weekendcaucus.com

Weekend Caucus

The politics of sport. Weekend Caucus is the new constituency — sports fans who want to go behind the scores, stats and standings to explore what it all says about our society.

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