The Real Money Ball


Forget the Super Bowl, the World Cup makes a pile of money. Allegations of corruption has hounded FIFA for years. After the first game between Brazil and Croatia, I can see the disdain for the sport. I thought I was watching a swimming competition.  There was so much diving. It was unbearable to watch.  Are these guys such wusses that a gentle tap will land you on a stretcher?  It almost becomes comical. The only way to score is by faking an injury and cashing in a penalty shot.

FIFA is supposed to police match-fixing, yet a New York Times investigation revealed that only six people on its staff of 350 are responsible for that enforcement. It is supposed to monitor corruption, but it’s not clear it does. There have long been allegations that bribes secured the 2022 World Cup for Qatar.