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Fox, Telemundo Set for $500 Million Windfall on 2026 World Cup

  • New details reveal FIFA sold media rights at deep discount
  • World Cup is expected to return to U.S. with more teams, games
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Choosing Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup was controversial from the beginning. Setting aside the questions swirling around the bidding process, summer temperatures regularly hit 50 degrees Celsius (121 Fahrenheit), which even FIFA’s experts said posed health risks for the world’s best players and the millions of fans expected to travel to the 32-team event.

By picking the Gulf state, FIFA set in motion a series of tortured decisions, solving one problem only to create another -- and leading to an unintended windfall for broadcasters Fox and Telemundo that could be worth as much as $500 million.