Former U.S. President Bill Clinton attended the USA vs Algeria World Cup Game in South Africa on Wednesday June 23rd, 2010. Clinton is known world-wide for his political and philanthropic endeavors and it was very likely that he would attend something as culturally diverse as a World Cup game. However, there might be another reason that he attended the game. Clinton could be putting in face time and doing his homework since he recently became one of the latest additions to the World Cup Bid Committee Board of Directors along with his top advisor, Doug Band.
Clinton has joined the World Cup Committee Board of Directors in hopes of bringing the World Cup to the United States in 2018 or 2022. The last time the World Cup was hosted in USA it became the largest attended single sporting event in US history – 3.6 million. Interesting enough, back in 1994 soccer wasn’t really even that popular in the US and they still managed to capture a record audience. With the way soccer has gained popularity and continues to pick up momentum throughout the country, one can only imagine how big a US hosted World Cup would be 8 or 12 years from now. There would be no doubt about the economic benefits that would ensue, bringing tons of revenue into the country. More importantly, the relationship that the US has with foreign countries could strengthen significantly.
Bill Clinton has worked on the forefront of the US mission to increase foreign relations through the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). CGI brings world leaders together to help solve world problems. CGI was actually co-founded by Doug Band, who attended Georgetown Law and worked as an aide for Clinton throughout his Presidency; now serving as his top counselor post-presidency. The CGI to date has brought benefits to thousands of people across hundreds of countries. Undoubtedly, the US will hope that their chances of winning the World Cup Bid will increase with the face of Bill Clinton and Doug Band on the committee. Band actually happens to be a big soccer fan. Perhaps the next time we see him he’ll be attending a World Cup game, regardless of whether or not USA is playing. He might even be there now.
Written by Annette Lyndon