‘Brazil’s World Cup: Anger Over Waste, Poor Planning

March 15th, 2014 by 
Victor Matheson

Victor Matheson, sports economist and professor of economics at the College of the Holy Cross, spoke with the Associated Press about how Brazil will have to rush to finish the stadiums in time for the upcoming World Cup. Politicians promised that there would be work done on 56 airports, subway lines, and other projects across the country, but only seven have been finished with only three months away. Matheson partly blamed FIFA and the International Olympic Committee for the distorted priorities.

“They started late and have boxed themselves in. Now they have to redouble efforts to finish stadiums, so much of the good stuff gets left behind,” said Matheson. “What was important gets pushed off, and what’s urgent gets done.”

The article ran in nearly 300 media outlets across the country.

This “Holy Cross in the News” item is by Sara Bovat ’14.

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