Here is a quote from the FIFA spokesperson Nicolas Maingot responding to questions about the persistently horrible standard of refereeing at the World Cup:
Maingot also said FIFA was investigating why the giant video screen at the Soccer City ground showed a replay of the controversial Tevez opening goal in contravention of an understanding it had with the local organising committee.
“There was a controversial incident shown on the giant screens at Soccer City and this should not have happened,” he said.
“It is handled by the organising committee and last night was a clear mistake and this should not happen and we will have a closer look at that.”
So, to recap, the problem at the World Cup is not the egregious blown calls. The problem is showing replays of the egregious blown calls.
This is classic incumbent behaviour. FIFA is not only not innovative, they are actively resisting innovations that have been shown to work well in nearly every other major sport. Why should they worry? After all, football is the world’s game.
It’s not as though there is any other competition for our time and attention, right?
I’ve been watching football (soccer) since I was about 15 years old, and it has consistently been the most poorly officiated sport I’ve ever seen. This hasn’t hurt the sport over those 30 years I guess. But I’ve pretty well lost patience. Time to find some other ways to spend my time and attention.
Few others will follow my lead. Probably. For now.
On the other hand, newspapers managed to convince themselves for 15 years that the internet wouldn’t really have any impact on them, and US automobile manufacturers managed to ignore the threat from well-made economical cars built in Japan for 20 years.
When change comes, it comes quickly. If you fail to innovate to meet changes in the environment, change will hurt you. Even if you are huge, deeply embedded monopoly like FIFA.