About the Episode
FIFA World Cup 2022 has reached its nail-biting, knock-out stage. For big-spending host Qatar, the tournament has provided an opportunity to bask in the international spotlight, but it has also drawn scrutiny of human rights and the treatment of migrant workers in the Gulf state. On Deep Dish, Jules Boykoff and Minky Worden discuss the growing phenomenon of sportswashing, why sport appeals to autocratic governments, and how businesses, athletes, and fans can respond. Plus, we speak to sports writers and analysts to understand how fans perceive accusations of sportswashing.
NOlympians: Inside the Fight Against Capitalist Mega-Sports in Los Angeles, Tokyo and Beyond, Jules Boykoff, Fernwood Publishing, April 01, 2020
The World Cup is Exciting, Lucrative, and Deadly, Minky Worden, Newsweek, August 23, 2022
The prestige and popularity of the World Cup is a political force beyond any nation's control, writes Chris Morris
How can the US confront human rights abuses in China, without robbing athletes of the opportunity to compete on the world stage?
Does a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics have public support among countries doing so? Data show modest support—and skepticism.