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This tread is becoming increasingly off topic by the minute. If you would like to argue over which country deserves the world cup more...go make a thread for it. The only advantage to the US holding the world cup would be our inate ability to market the piss out of the locations, matches and boost ticket sales through the roof.
The truth is a majority of americans could give a shit less about soccer, I am very much into the english premier league so I guess I'm in the minority. The US public would go fucking nutty over tickets because its' a novelty, not necessarily a real interest. With our over populated cities that would be prime locations such as LA, NYC, Boston, Philly, Dallas etc tickets would sell out in minutes and the rest of the world would be hard pressed to compete with domestic sales.
It would by far be the highest grosing World Cup to date, but quite possibly the most neglected by the rest of the world due to the current hostile global political climate. So many countries and organizations are anti-US right now that I could see major protest and chaos breaking out all over the world and taken to the streets of the US come time for the 1st round.
Yes, I'd love to see one come to the states because of the mega-boost to our economy, but at the same time we might expereince the negative effects much more than the positive. The love of the sport would be lost in the publication and marketing--ultimately the money surrounding the event. As an American I would rather see it go to England or France before we get it again. Let us tie up some loose cannons before we try to host a global event with a laundry list of political influences.
I enjoy intelligent correction and input, and you've made some very good points here. I didn't realize how fifa controlled ticket sales and what not and the branding is a very good point but in theory you could think that because it would be a US hosted cup they may allow for a larger marketing scheme and what not since many global brands are advertised through major US Advertisng houses (as sad as that is). I doubt that fifa would allow this to happen but judging by how we market the hell out of our major sports leagues and college leagues alike you could imagine how crazy US publishing and advertising houses would go on branding.
Again, I'd love to see an American WC in 2018 but the logistical probability and historical rotation of hosting doesn't point in our favor...and hell, I'd love to the homeland (I'm a first generation American, family is Irish and English) and watch if I can get tickets.