Among the revelations with the release of FIFA's "Garcia Report" into the award of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosting rights came confirmation that FIFA in 2015 awarded the 2026 World Cup U.S. TV
rights to Fox and Univision without opening up the bidding, frustrating rival networks and potentially making a lot less money on the rights, to avoid a lawsuit over FIFA's decision to switch the
dates of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from June-July to November-December.
Then-secretary general Jerome Valcke
told investigators that “potentially we are losing money and we
are making less money because we are not running an open process in the U.S. market, giving a chance to other channels to bid for and we just extend with FOX for the same amount of money.”
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