Why the U.S. suddenly cares about soccer - Michigan Ticket Fairness

Why the U.S. suddenly cares about soccer


The pursuit of fairness, an ideal trumpeted by sports fans all over the world, unites fans under one banner no matter their team allegiance. The belief that everyone has a fighting chance on a level playing field is crucial to sports – without it, what’s the point?

Unfortunately, there will always be those people who try to stack the odds in their favor. Most recently, the FIFA scandal, dubbed “FIFAGate”, has highlighted some of the worst offenses by soccer’s global governing body.

FIFAGate has captured the attention of the entire world, and for good reason. The severity of the scandal not only forces fans to question the governing body of the sport itself, but also raises questions as to why the U.S. Attorney General got involved in the first place.

The United States is a member of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football, aka CONCACAF. And this regional subset of FIFA has allegedly been involved in the scandal through money laundering, racketeering and kickbacks involving World Cup qualifying matches – which is where the U.S. Attorney General comes in.

Fortunately, the U.S. Attorney General, citing potential corruption and wrongdoing has gone after top FIFA officials, and is poised to “clean house” in soccer’s top body.

This all sounds great; get the bad guys and put them away. But why not extend that same mentality to domestic issues, like sports and entertainment ticketing?

Take Ticketmaster – they do millions of dollars in business in Michigan, the United States and abroad, but no one goes after them for their questionable practices (ie, restricted ticketing, fees etc). Instead, they are simply left alone to continue gauging fans and running their monopoly.

If the U.S. Attorney General cares enough about soccer – one of the least popular professional sports in America – to go after their global governing body, then why not also crack down on ticket companies that take advantage of sports and entertainment fans here in the United States everyday.

Our priorities definitely have room for improvement.

Contact your legislator today and let them know we want to see corruption rooted out right here in our home state. Together we can put an end to the unfair, anti-consumer ticket practices preventing fans from enjoying the sports we love.

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