Wednesday, June 2, 2010

GOOOOOOOOOLLLLLL!!!: The World Cup effect on business in Mexico

Every 4 years, one of the biggest sporting events in the world takes place - the World Cup aka, el Mundial. 

This is unlike any other sporting event in the world.  Productivity goes down, people call in "sick" from work, restaurants and bars are overflowing with patrons, and there is a feeling of excitement in the air.  Anyone who is doing business in Mexico or working with Mexico must be aware of the magnitude of this event.  Unlike the Superbowl, the World Cup is a month long event with teams from 32 countries.  Some companies have even gone so far as to install TVs at work just so that their employees will show up on the game days!

This year, the World Cup takes place in South Africa.  Below I've listed the dates that Mexico plays:

June 6th @ 9am - Mexico vs. South Africa
June 17th @ 1:30pm - Mexico vs. France
June 22nd @ 9am - Mexico vs. Uruguay

Don't even think about scheduling a meeting during the days that Mexico is playing!!

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