Five suggestions for where G20 visitors should watch World Cup games

Five suggestions for where G20 visitors should watch World Cup games

In a fictional scenario, FIFA games would simply be broadcast during G20 speeches (Image: WEF) 

As the list of logistical concerns surrounding the G20 continues to grow, the Summit Management Office is now trying to figure out how delegates and their aides are going to watch the World Cup. Several important matches are to be played during the summit, and with 14 of 20 nations participating, access is not an issue to be trifled with. “Hopefully, in the delegation room we’ll have live satellite TV…and we can inform the president once in a while if South Africa is playing,” a South African representative told the Star. We think the Brits have it right, though; they’re apparently searching for a suitable pub. With that in mind, we have some suggestions as to where the world’s most important people can watch the world’s most popular sporting event.

  1. FOMO: It would be an interesting social experiment to see which leaders made it past the anti-douche force field. (We’re looking at you, Harper.)
  2. Brass Rail (or Remington’s): Since all the delegates and their aides will have full diplomatic immunity, a weekend without strippers would be a total waste.
  3. Sweaty Betty’s: Delegates looking to remain under the radar would probably appreciate a little hipster indifference, so Ossington it is. Obama may need to go incognito, the way he did in that “Whoomp, There It Is!” video. (Although ’90s fashion is back now, especially along Ossington.)
  4. Harper’s: The name of the pub the Canadian government should build specifically for the G20. After all, what’s another couple million taxpayer dollars? It could be decorated like the lobby of the House of Commons, with cheesy Harper portraits everywhere and the tightest door policy in town.
  5. Queen and Beaver: We can’t be funny all the time. The Star’s suggestion is actually pretty good if any delegates want to hang out with the plebs to watch the game. There’s even a soccer den upstairs.

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