New year, new rules: Rule No. 21

Updated: December 16, 2010, 5:13 PM ET
ESPN The Magazine

Rule No. 21: Hold the World Cup every three years

South Africa 2010 reminded us that the planet's biggest sporting event gets bigger every four years. Which is exactly why it should happen every three.

If the USA's recent failure to land the 2022 edition proves anything -- other than the shadiness of the voting process -- it's that the demand to host the Cup greatly outweighs the supply. In the 80 years since the first showcase in Uruguay, only 16 countries have held the ...

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