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The Benefits of Hosting the World Cup are Likely a Mixed Bag

July 02, 2018 4:12 PM

Like the Olympics, the FIFA World Cup generates fierce international competition as countries vie for the designation, hoping for windfall cash and intangible benefits. But looking underneath the hype, it appears that the payoffs are not as great as assumed.

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