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Dreizahn t1_j2bm62o wrote

There is even a term for it: sportswashing. It's like a huge image campaign for them so they are less associated with executions and human rights violations and more with goals, birdies and stuff.

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Itsonrandom2 t1_j2brwor wrote

PGA snubbed Trump after 01/06 so trump got involved with LIV as a fuck you to PGA. All American presidents sell weapons to SA. I’m not a Trump fan to be clear.


Red-7134 t1_j2brfyy wrote

Working the algorithm. They want "sports" to be the first thing google associates the with and not "war crimes".


KingdomHunter t1_j2bn604 wrote

As much as I find Saudi Arabia awful. I must admit they really know how to play the PR and image game.


wjbc t1_j2bjd4d wrote

It's the same reason Qatar spent a lot of money to host the World Cup: sports diplomacy. Sports transcends national boundaries, and by getting involved in sports a wealthy nation can attract attention to its country, allowing it to put its culture on display and increase its global presence and influence.


uummwhat t1_j2bmqcl wrote

It disappoints me so much so many people fell for it with Qatar, if we'll put up with that we'll put up with anything in the name of "fandom."


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Nostonica t1_j2c2c1h wrote

They've got the money and want to pivot aggressively to been a tourist destination.

They're also a bunch of nuff nuffs and will throw things at expensive