Football, South Korea, Taiwan discussed on The Economist: The Intelligence


Them. And so is there any suggestion that people had decided to serve explicitly for that route to citizenship? I think some probably it factored into their decision to sign up. America's one of the few countries that allows this the French Foreign Legion. They allow some of their legionnaires to apply for citizenship. After three years Russia has a fast track path for citizenship. For some of their non Russians but America's fairly unique and the irony of not letting immigrants become citizens without them. The army would have failed to meet its goals nearly every year between two thousand and two and two thousand and thirteen so the ranks of non-citizens are not just a a nice to have a bit of extra help absolutely integral to the armed services operations. Absolutely the Department of Defense found in two thousand sixteen non-citizens tend to be of higher quality than their citizen counterparts. They perform better. They have lower attrition rates and are more likely to have skills at the military needs like medical and it expertise as well think ristic diversity. They are absolutely essential to the military. To what will happen with this trend. Is there a chance to Department of Defense will go back on this? Well lengthening the paper trail if not changing the actual requirements. It's a tricky one. The lawsuit is being fast tracked so we may actually have a ruling in the next few months. Which would be great. It might help those already on the path of citizenship. Get back on it. But I fear until there's an actual change at the Department of Defense. The highest levels non-citizens are out of luck and the sad thing is these new policies. Don't make the country safer they harm military recruitment the hurt military readiness and they prevent the United States from utilizing talented residents. Immigrants are not throws me. Thanks very much for joining us. Thank you Jason for a lot. More analysis like this subscribe to the Economist to get twelve issues for twelve dollars or twelve. Pounds JUST GO TO ECONOMIST DOT COM SLASH RADIO OFFER SUMMER. Olympics in Tokyo. The Euro Twenty Twenty football tournament cricket's t twenty World Cup. This year was meant to be packed sporting events but pretty much. The entire global calendar of sports has been white clear by the pandemic rabid fans and for the industry itself. It's been devastating but restrictions have eased matches or starting to happen again with a few changes in the last few weeks. Things have been starting to return to version of normal in countries where lockdown to been eased earlier such as career. Taiwan matches being going on for a few weeks off that in Europe. It was only really the return of the Bundesliga which is Germany's domestic football league. Which heralded the return of sport for Fans Bo? Franklin is Economists Assistant News Editor. Much as me going ahead behind closed doors without any spectators and this has been for the safety of both fans and athletes as well but it's created a few strange situations. What do you mean what? What kind of situations so? When the Bundesliga restarted in Germany the loudest sounds the teams would have heard with being their own players coaches on the sidelines. And the blasts of referees whistles on in Asia where sports have been presuming for the last few weeks now organizers of turn to some strange replacements for spectators in South Korea's domestic football league. They've been piping in crowd noises two stadiums and they've even put mannequins in the stands one team in South Korea's domestic football league was accused of using mannequins from sex dole manufacturer in the stands complete with signs for X. rated websites on the mannequins and in Taiwan local Baseball League has taken to putting cardboard spectators in the stands including printouts of Fan's faces on those spectators. This is something that German teams have been turning to as well fans can pay to have themselves stuck onto the fake spectators. So it's almost like they're so certainly spectators are protected then from from the risks but what about the players themselves. How how is that? Being handled well organizers putting precautions into place to keep both players and other stuff as safe as possible. The obvious things Mosques being used. They're not on the pitch equipment such as footballs being disinfected. But playing any kind of match still brings a huge number of people together for a televised rugby Union match. For example world rugby the organizing body says the at least one hundred and seventy four people needed including water carriers players on camera crews and so this means that plays a kind of existing in bubbles almost in Germany that football teams are being tested for the coronavirus several times a week and and either Found positive has to be isolated and quarantined from teammates. But what about the effect of all of this on the the huge industries that many of these sports represent KPMG estimates the Europe's five biggest national football? League'S STAND TO LOSE FOUR BILLION EUROS. They don't return to play soon but if they do return to play behind closed doors the losses will still be about twenty to thirty percent of a bigger leagues. Tend not to rely on matchdays sales. So that's tickets pints merchandise that kind of thing. England's Premier League in the two thousand eighteen season only realizing it for about fourteen percents of their income but smaller leaks with smaller audiences on TV rely on much they sales much more which for some leagues could be an absolute disaster if they're operating on fine margins and what offends been doing in the meantime when all these matches have been canceled. We have seen some unlikely interests from broadcasters in smaller sports on smaller leagues have restarted already. So Taiwan's baseball. League for example is being broadcast for American fans who come watch any domestic games and South Korea's domestic. Football League is being broadcast by the BBC. In Britain the Times one suo nil listen to that surreal silence. When has victory in the opening game of the season ever been met with that kind of silence but for the meantime the Silver Lining here? Is that people who really want to see. Some sports can or is it still too odd. Even even then fa now sports hungry fans seem to have fixtures back in any form even if that means in MT stadiums without spectators and a bit of a weird atmosphere the first Bundesliga fixtures after the break had their biggest ever international audiences. But if this situation is going to go on for the foreseeable future and lie. Spectators can't return. Is it going to put fans off in the long term to watch games with less of an atmosphere possibly fake fans in the crowds permanently crowd noise being piped in? Is that going to be too unsettling and could put fans off both. Thanks very much for joining us. Thanks Jason.

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