Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Time for an All-American FIFA

It certainly doesn't appear like FIFA is blowing things up and starting over, like it probably should. If the organization could begin again, American influence should be a priority for planning its future.

But, wow, what extraordinary irony there is, in that the one person best suited to push present-day FIFA to the brink has taken up the diminutive game of Futsal, as his devotion.

Apparently, he doesn't know it or doesn't realize it, but Mark Cuban could single-handily take out FIFA.

FIFA is in the most vulnerable position it will ever be in.  It's ripe for the taking.  A more ethical competing soccer organization could put up new parameters for how the world's game should be organized going forward and take jurisdiction away from FIFA permanently.  By simply putting a marketing plan together for a 2022 World Cup (call it something else) in the U.S. to compete directly against Qatar, the new soccer global organization can become the de facto authority.

For the first time in a while, Mark Cuban, didn't think big enough.  Why go for the little game, when you can own the big game?

The room for the game to evolve doesn't have to involve Mark Cuban.  The point is that the game's governing body doesn't have to be FIFA anymore.  Eventually, it can be put out of business completely.

A group of Americans could pull resources and bring about unconditional, absolute change to the game.  The carrot is there (Qatar).  It looks like FIFA will go ahead with the most outrageous and unethical placement of a sporting event since the Berlin games of 1936 (especially now that Beckham is in bed with Qataris and has given his blessing).

There's just not enough proof that FIFA, the organization, can be transparent enough to secure the future integrity of the sport.  After all of the indictments, resignations and overall corruption, I can't see how the game improves its image with the new players of FIFA.

When I look at the candidates running to become the new president of FIFA, my first thought is that they're all men who have little to no experience for how American sports are conducted.  I just can't trust them to do what's best for soccer.

I trust Americans most when it comes to producing the best sporting events. History is on our side. We are the ones with the most sporting heroes and the most sensational, compelling sporting contests.


  1. Why on earth should Americans run a sport which they don't understand or appreciate? What a dumb idea. It'd be like putting the French in charge of NCAA football.

    1. It's kind of hard to understand or appreciate a sport, when every time we TRY to understand or appreciate it, or simply offer a suggestion, people ridicule us and say we don't understand or appreciate it. I think that's the entire point here. If you want the sport to grow in the U.S., you're going to have to let Americans have a say in influencing it. If the rest of the world doesn't want to let us into the club at all, then we have no choice but to create our own.

  2. Well, even though it might be argued that Americans don't have that much experience with FIFA rules football, they certainly have a good history of organizing major sports in a professional environment. It is not the on-field competence which is on trial here but the abysmal track record FIFA have with corruption and putting events into the hands of some of the most dubious and morally backwards people on this planet to the detriment of the sport they pretend to promote. A little American help might be really helpful here as FIFA as an organization are so corrupt to the core that it seems unlikely that they will find the strength for much needed reforms.