Originally posted by Conejo:
Originally posted by TheSixthRing:
Originally posted by dman:
Originally posted by Riot:
Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Let me put it this way...
World Cup = Countries competing against each other in a sport that most of them care about A LOT.
Summer Olympics = Countries competing against each other in sports that they only give a s**t about for 3 weeks every 4 years.
This is the truth.
And dont forget that soccer is also an Olympic event but those countries don't send their best players to the Olympics but rather they save them for the World Cup.
Probably because World Cup = More Money
Correct me if I'm wrong, but teams get paid to play in the World Cup. Olympic teams do not.
have a nice day
$1,000 to 25K? That's chump change, and that's to the individual performers from their own country. The IOC pays nothing to the athletes or the teams themselves. FIFA, on the other hand, dished out approximately $42,000,000 in 2002 to the participating teams.
And looking at the Salaries for Managers
who got their teams to the World Cup this year, it's no wonder they don't want their best players playing in the Olympics.
Besides, soccer is only one of the sports played at the Olympics. Now I'm not saying the World Cup isn't huge, or isn't a more watched event than the Olympics - it is - but I do believe Olympic Gold carries more weight, more prestige, than a World Cup win. That is all.
[ Edited by TheSixthRing on Feb 11, 2010 at 1:56 PM ]