The people who run it worldwide apparently think that a halfway-back-to-the-czars autocracy and a desert inferno that reaches 120 degrees are wizzo places to have a World Cup. So… despite the best efforts of the Attorney General* (…huh?), Russia gets to host the World Cup in 2018 and Qatar gets it in 2022.
On the bright side, Planet Gore notes that this is going to make Mother Gaia cry from all the air conditioning being used.
PS: Friendly hint for the Obama administration? Nobody in this country really cares if we don’t get these gigs. People do care if we make a big deal about trying to get these gigs, then fail. Also: most of the rest of the world’s local elite structures hate the United States of America with the fury of a billion yapping little dogs, and they enjoy doing us dirty when they have the chance. Stop giving them opportunities, please.
*I am surprised that Morgan Freeman didn’t shift them, though.