Big Bucks for Big Football?

Why The World Cup May Not Be a Cash-Cow After All

As fans enjoy football’s month-long World Cup, Brazilian authorities are pleased over the boost they say the tournament is giving the country’s economy.

The tournament has injected an estimated $15 billion into the Brazilian economy and created many jobs, according to the head of the government’s tourism board, Vicente Neto.

Independent analysts who study such mega-events are less enthusiastic.

VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Rio de Janeiro (and read more here at


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