What They're Saying: Max Brown

“D.C. is the No. 1-ranked television market for English Premier League soccer. So I don’t know what the hell FIFA was looking at when they made that decision.”

-- Max Brown, chairman of the board of directors for EventsDC, Washington's local sports authority, on FIFA's decision to overlook Baltimore/Washington as one of the 11 U.S. venues for the 2026. Washington was also the top-rated market for World Cup 2018 broadcasts on Fox Sports networks, but it was forced to merge its bid with Baltimore and designate Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium as the bid's venue stadium when it became clear FIFA found the much-maligned FedEx Field in Landover to be an unsuitable venue. Washington and Orlando were the only 1994 World Cup cities FIFA rejected in making the cut from 22 to 16 cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The four others that failed to make the cut were Cincinnati, Denver, Nashville and Edmonton. (Washington Post)
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