York U expert available to comment on United Bid 2026 winning hosting rights for 2026 FIFA World Cup


TORONTO, June 13, 2018 – For the first time since 1994 FIFA World Cup will come back to North America. Today, United 2026, a joint bid by Canada, Mexico and United States to host 2026 FIFA World Cup defeated Morocco to earn hosting rights for one of the largest sporting events in the world.

Vijay Setlur, a sport marketing instructor at the Schulich School of Business, is available for  interviews.

Vijay Setlur York University expert UnitedBid 2026 World Cup

Setlur is also a marketing instructor with the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) professional football development department and a former soccer journalist.  He is available to discuss the business of FIFA World Cup and soccer, as well as the event’s impact on Canada including:

  • Professional soccer (Canadian Premier League, Major League Soccer) - attendance for pro leagues, TV viewership, corporate partnerships
  • Opportunities for brands (sponsorship), broadcasters and service/product providers
  • The state of soccer in Canada and the World Cup’s potential impact on grassroots participation and player development
  • Economic activity (tourism, place branding, foreign investment) in the three Canadian host cities and Canada overall
  • Impact that Canada’s three MLS clubs and Canadian Premier League will have on Canada’s performance in the even

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