Saudi Arabia’s sports strategy was never really about sportswashing; it is about power, prestige, and an insatiable desire to wield global influence.
After listening to the MMA Hour yesterday where Chael and Ariel got very heated about the fight business and then consuming this essay again I believe Ariel is right. With Prince MBS the old contract and pay structures for boxers is out the window. If he can raise his GDP Prince MBS will pay Francis and whomever whatever they want.
What an excellent read
This is one of your best essays yet my man