Yes, the whole thing is contrived. The upcoming Copa America Centenario, held here in the United States, isn't a true championship of South America. It's a one-off event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the world's oldest continental soccer championship, inviting the rest of the Western Hemisphere along to the party.
Yes, it's a naked money grab – underscored by the choice of the U.S. and its high disposable incomes as host and by the towering ticket prices, which have hampered sales. It's a chance for the South American confederation, CONMEBOL, to cash a few extra checks, while CONCACAF – covering North America, Central America and the Caribbean – gets to share in the spoils. The Copa America Centenario conveniently comes in the wake of a series of FBI raids, indictments and arrests that may wind up costing the two governing bodies and their principals a fortune in forfeitures and other lost revenues (and kickbacks).
And yes, not everybody is equally keen on it. Chile, whichRead More »from What the Copa America Centenario could mean for American soccer