Leslie Shaffer | Writer for CNBC.com
While many countries get few, if any, benefits from hosting a mega-sports event, Qatar's controversial selection as the location for the 2022 World Cup may spur major social change.
"There's a lot of talk about legacy with mega-events. Most of those legacies are negative," James Dorsey, senior fellow at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, told CNBC. "Qatar is potentially one of those exceptions where you could actually see social and potentially political change."