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Fox Plans to Avoid Qatar Off-Field Controversies in Its World Cup Coverage


Fox plans to avoid coverage of Qatar’s controversial treatment of migrant workers during World Cup broadcasts, much as it didn’t address criticism of Russia’s government during the 2018 tournament.

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Discussion Questions:

  1. What is economic impact?
  2. What is a mega event?
  3. Do you think it is expensive to host a mega event like the World Cup?
  4. Why do cities and countries invest so much in attracting mega events like the World Cup?
  5. How will Qatar benefit from hosting the event?
  6. What is sportswashing?
  7. What are ethics?
  8. Is sports washing legal? Is it ethical?
  9. What is the controversy surrounding Qatar’s hosting of this year’s World Cup?
  10. Do you think FIFA should have awarded Qatar with the rights to host the World Cup? Why or why not?
  11. Why do you think Fox is choosing not to discuss any of the controversy surrounding the event during its broadcasts?
  12. In your opinion, should they discuss the controversies? Why or why not?
Chris Lindauer
After working for nearly a decade in professional sports, Chris Lindauer, formed Sports Career Consulting to provide unique sports business education opportunities in and out of the classroom. In the eighteen years (and counting) that followed, Chris has inspired thousands of students to pursue their passions and explore the career of their dreams. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, two teenage daughters and their dog.


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