I'm not going to get too deep into something I don't completely understand in regard to the behind-the-scenes details, but I will give a small rant on Qatar being selected to host the 2022 World Cup instead of the USA (and any other less important countries).
One of America's biggest selling points was an environmentally-conscious venue. As someone who is admittedly liberal on the subject of "greenness," I thought this would be a great feature of our role as hosts. Not to mention how cool it would be to have a World Cup on US soil in my lifetime. (I don't remember Chicago.)
Instead of the resource-friendly USA venue, we're going to a country where the temperature will very likely soar into triple digits most, if not all, of the days of the World Cup. What's worse, Qatar said they will air condition all 12 (I think it's 12, correct me if I'm wrong) of the stadiums. So in that regard, I don't think there could be a starker contrast. Save energy vs. pour a bunch of money into wasting a bunch of energy.
Should we blame Morgan Freeman? (Half-kidding.) Please click here (sorry about the ad, don't see it on YouTube yet) and look around the :30 mark.
Either way, I'll leave you with this Qatar highlight via @AroundTheHorn: