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Why the World Cup Matters

The Big Idea for Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tired of World Cup fever? Ready for amateur sports analysts to stop clogging up your social media newsfeeds? Does everyone in your office suddenly sound like soccer pundits?

World Cup ends this Sunday, but the goodwill it promotes among nations will leave a lasting impression, especially among the athletes. Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark, a champion halfpipe snowboarder, told Big Think that global tournaments are important for bringing the world together.

“There's so much opportunity to focus on negative things and there's so much opportunity to focus on things that can divide us.  And sports have the ability to defuse that," she said.

Today's big idea explores why the World Cup matters.


  1. 1 World Tournaments Promote Peace
    Big Think Editors Think Tank
  2. 2 Is There Value In Hosting the World Cup?
    Brandon Presser Travel IQ
  3. 3 Ramadan and the World Cup
    Robert Montenegro IdeaFeed
  4. 4 Does Country Size Matter?
    Frank Jacobs Strange Maps

Why the World Cup Matters

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