ESPN explores the controversy of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar on the new program E60. The Qatar World Cup is scheduled to debut Sunday, November 6 on ESPN and ESPN+. The show airs at 8:30 p.m. and will then be available to stream on ESPN+ after the initial broadcast.
E60 is the television show for ESPN’s sports news magazine. The series tends to focus on investigative journalism surrounding the world of sports. Debuting in 2007, the highly praised show has earned honors in a multitude of areas. This includes Emmy Awards, Edward R. Murrow Awards, and even a Peabody Award as well.
The upcoming Qatar World Cup will help shed light on the massive controversies surrounding the tournament. From the initial selection process to the migrant worker crisis, the show promises to take a comprehensive look at the World Cup in Qatar.
ESPN documents controversy surrounding the 2022 World Cup
The problems of migrant workers within the Middle Eastern country were first reported by E60 eight years ago. ESPN sent teams to Qatar, specifically the capital Doha, to gain first-hand experience of the crisis. These crews witnessed horrible living conditions and even met some of these workers who explained to them the danger of their jobs.
ESPN also traveled to nearby countries to speak with families of workers who died while in Qatar.
The show will include new footage from E60’s trip to Qatar earlier this summer. Reporter Jeremy Schapp conducted new interviews, toured stadiums and even spoke to officials associated with the World Cup.
Thousands of migrant workers have reportedly died
Independent reports have previously claimed that approximately 6,500 migrant workers have died in Qatar since preparations for the tournament began. This comes from a country that is currently one of the richest in the world. Reports also claim that Qatar has spent around $220 million on new stadiums and infrastructure.
The Qatar World Cup schedule comes at an interesting time. The 2022 World Cup kicks off on November 20, just two weeks after the E60 show airs.
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