Episode: BTP Premium: Fear and Loathing for Infantino


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BTP Premium: Fear and Loathing for Infantino
As two continental tournaments continue to provide further cover for some early yet disturbing days at FIFA, there are a number of ongoing questions surrounding the new president both in terms of actual messaging and first round decisions that may have become instantly problematic had the ethics layer not been dismantled by the president himself in the aftermath of his election in February. Joining Anto is David Larkin of ChangeFIFA to examine where FIFA really is in terms of its evolution from the days of Sepp Blatter to consider whether the organization has taken big steps backward both in terms of audit and compliance, but also in practice too. Much of the discussion involves internal politics, too, but riding beneath those concerns are real questions that have to be fully considered in the areas of credibility and integrity against an ongoing landscape of ongoing investigations and allegations that evidence may have been compromised with respect to tapes that were recording key meetings. We also explore the grand prize at stake and what seems to have been the catalyst for all the problems in the first place: who will control the media rights kingdom at FIFA, which represents tens of billions as the rest of the world is being connected into this new kingdom where the one to one relationship between media rights, commercialization and marketing potential from big data companies like Google, Amazon and Netflix will hyperinflate the earning potential for live action sport in the future. Who will be the next generation of key stakeholder at FIFA to now support this vision for the future too, will new allies emerge from convenience and does the new General Secretary suggest a move toward the UN as yet another curious marriage of convenience as more questions come to the surface around how Jack Warner was forced from office.

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