Could we see another combined Copa America in the future? In a press conference today, both the presidents of CONCACAF and CONMEBOL say they are open to the idea of organizing such a tournament on a regular basis.
Heads of CONMEBOL, CONCACAF & US Soccer say they're all open to the idea of regular combined Copa América-style tournaments in the future.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) June 24, 2016
It shouldn't come as much of a shock considering how well this tournament is doing both in the financial aspect and with TV ratings. Even with tickets set at a ridiculous price, fans have attended the most intriguing match-ups in droves. Including the United States vs. Argentina match that saw over 70,000 people fill up a sold out NRG Stadium in Houston.
On the television side, viewing records have consistently been destroyed both on the English and Spanish side of things.
Regardless of the negative scenario upon which this brainchild was born, the Copa America Centenario can be viewed as nothing but a commercial success. It makes complete sense to turn it into a once in every four years event to rival what European nations do with the European Championships.
U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati says that they are both open to participating and hosting future Copa America tournaments.
Sunil Gulati says they're open to both participating and hosting future #CopaAmerica— Kristan Heneage (@KHeneage) June 24, 2016
This brings up the question, is the U.S. the only country viable to host such a tournament? Would any of the other possible host countries be able to accommodate such venues and accessibility? That seems like one possible hurdle that would have to be overcome if this tournament is to become a regular occurrence.
Will we ever see another combined Copa America? With the type of money that was made in this one, it's hard to envision it never happening again. It seems as if it's just a matter of when, not if at this point.