There have been many distasteful stories around the 2022 World Cup but some of the most shameful involved broadcasting rights. Firstly, Al Jazeera allegedly offered FIFA $100 million for the tournament’s rights in a secret deal. Swiss police are investigating the alleged bribery.
Meanwhile, a former FOX networking executive claimed that the company also bribed FIFA for the TV rights. Then they threatened to sue the soccer organization because they set the tournament for winter. This meant that it would clash with the NFL postseason and threaten their ratings (via Daily Beast).