A new Pew Poll finds shows that the "national mood in Brazil is grim following a year in which more than a million people have taken to the streets of major cities across the country to protest corruption, rising inflation and a lack of government investment in public services such as education, health care and public transportation, among other things."
61% of Brazilians feel that hosting the World Cup is a "bad thing because it takes money away from public services" vs. just 34 percent who think it's a "good thing because it creates jobs." Thirty-nine percent say it will hurt Brazil's international image, while only 35 percent think it will help.
In this episode of Acronym TV, Derek Poppert of Global Exchange talks with Dennis about his Re-Think The Cup series. In a recent piece from the series,FIFA: Return The Beauty To The Beautiful Game, Derek writes:
The winner had already been decided well before the first match even began. FIFA's 4 billion dollars in untaxed revenue from the event is the trophy.
It appears to be of little interest to Mr. Blatter or other FIFA execs that this trophy has come on the backs of 200,000 low-income people being forcefully evicted from their homes to make room for the event, 8 construction workers dying in the frenzied rush to erect stadiums on time, or 14 billion dollars in Brazilian taxpayer money being spent on the tournament in the face of poverty, inequality, and widespread social issues within Brazil."
The question becomes, then: Are sports on this scale a net positive or negative for human beings as a whole?
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