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World Cup 2022

Politics to Take Center Stage at European Film Awards

At this year’s FIFA World Cup, all political displays — even ones as innocuous as a rainbow-colored armband showing solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community — have been banned. Host nation Qatar has spent an estimated $200 billion to stage the biggest show in global sports and any on-air references to its questionable human rights record, […]

World Cup TV Ratings Surge With U.S. Again in Competition

The move of the Men’s World Cup from its traditional summer berth to fall doesn’t seem to have hurt TV viewing in the United States — and the presence of the U.S. team in the tournament has definitely helped. Through the first 35 group stage matches, Fox Sports is averaging just over 3 million viewers […]

Is Critical Coverage Hurting World Cup Ratings?

Controversy has swirled around this year’s soccer World Cup in Qatar. From accusations of bribery and fraud in granting the tournament to the tiny, wealthy Mid-East nation, to criticism of Qatar’s persecution of its LGBTQ+ community and its treatment of migrant workers But, judging by viewership figures after the first week of matches, the critical […]

Iran Arrests Actresses for Removing Headscarves, Supporting Protests

Iranian authorities have arrested two well-known local actresses after they showed support for the country’s protest movement and appeared in public without their hijabs, or headscarves.  Hengameh Ghaziani, who has appeared in features such as Parviz Sheikh Tadi’s Days of Life (2012) and Reza Mirkarimi’s As Simple as That (2008), and Katayoun Riahi, a best actress winner at the […]

Will Soccer World Cup Protests Hit FIFA Where It Hurts (in the Ratings)?

Walking the streets of any major European capital, you’d be forgiven if you’d forgotten that there’s a soccer World Cup starting in two days. Typically, ahead of the globe’s biggest sporting event — the official kickoff is Sunday, Nov. 20, in Doha, Qatar — every main street on this soccer-mad continent would be plastered with […]

British TV Comic to Shred More Than $10,000 If David Beckham Doesn’t Cancel Lucrative Qatar Deal Before Soccer World Cup

David Beckham has already faced a considerable amount backlash for accepting 10 million pounds ($11.7 million ) to be an ambassador for the controversial Qatar 2022 World Cup, which kicks off in Doha on Nov. 20. But the matter has now amassed further attention thanks to Brit comic and TV host Joe Lycett. Lycett — well-known […]

Michael Sheen Gives Rousing Speech to Wales Soccer Team Ahead of World Cup

If Wales performs miracles at the upcoming soccer World Cup, then Michael Sheen may have played his own small part. The Welsh actor has gone viral on social media for the second time in as many weeks for his rousing pre-tournament pep talks for the Wales men’s national soccer team as they enter final preparations […]