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Price for Mexico missing a World Cup seems to be rising

Nov 4, 2013, 5:31 PM EST

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In a few days, the next round of Champions League greatness will have come and gone. A few days past that, Major League conference finals will commence. And then …

What a treat it will be for domestic sports fans, who can watch some truly intoxicating regional drama – all viewed from a safe distance.

While the United States will test itself with friendlies in Scotland and Austria, neighboring Mexico will be on white knuckle, squeaky bum, edge-of-seat, shear sporting terror alert. El Tri, a real mess for the last few months, plays in that home-and-away thriller against New Zealand, a World Cup berth in the balance.

The teams play Nov. 13 in Mexico’s once-fabled Azteca (I mean, it’s not really fabled anymore, now is it?) and in Wellington on Nov. 20.

The price for missing out on next year’s World Cup was originally set at $600 million. That’s lost TV revenue, merchandising, sponsor dollars, etc.

Now, it seems, that figure is growing. Reuters, citing a Mexico sports marketing type, says the figure is closer to $650 million.

  1. mikeevergreen - Nov 4, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Well gang, had Mexico not gotten totally arrogant about itself, this never would have happened. Even when successful, you have to keep your head on straight, and Mexico hasn’t. I know a guy that’ll screw their heads on straight for ‘em, but they’ll NEVER, EVER hire him. He’s an American.

  2. dirtydrew - Nov 4, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    That’s a lot of pesos.

    • seanhanson - Nov 6, 2013 at 5:56 AM

      According to Google’s converter, that’s 8,370,180,000.00 Mexican Pesos.

  3. Iain - Nov 5, 2013 at 2:57 AM

    Scotland v USA is going to be an interesting one, as friendlies go. A lot more competitive than the last time.

  4. heynyc61 - Nov 5, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    How is it not fabled? It’s one of worlds most famous venues and that don’t change whether the home side is playing well or not. It’s hosted 2 World Cup finals.. How many other stadiums can boast that??? None

  5. 407magic - Nov 5, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Maybe all those sponsors need to find somewhere else to throw their $. Obviously Mexico isn’t the CONCACAF powerhouse it use to be. USA maybe hmmm. I hope Mexico is eliminated that way all the Mexican fans will know how it feels to be left out for once.

  6. talgrath - Nov 5, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    The coaching carousel is the biggest question mark of this series. With Mexico switching coaches (twice!) in the last three months, what sort of Mexico will we see? Will we see a motivated, desperate Mexico with hunger and fire, or will we see a Mexican team that is deflated, defeated and already thinking about the next cycle? I’m very curious to see how all of this turns out.

  7. msmith954 - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    If Mexico loses to the #79 team in the world…. hahahahhahahahaahaaaaa!

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