Sepp Blatter -- protector of soccer, champion of women's sports, patriarch of corruption -- has set a date for the election of the next FIFA president, meaning there is a timeline for his departure as the head of soccer's governing body.
Though he's 79, Blatter has no intention of retiring to the Swiss Alps and living a quiet life (hopefully, from his perspective) free of U.S. criminal indictments, or, heaven forbid, his capture by Swiss authorities related to the hundreds of millions of dollars fraudulently acquired under his FIFA stewardship. No, Blatter plans to stay busy and in the public eye -- or, at least, in the public ear.
At a press conference Monday, he made this revelation:
Sepp Blatter says that after he quits FIFA in Feb he will become a radio journalist. 'I think radio is the most popular form of information'
— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceIndy) July 20, 2015
Through this tweet, we learn two things.
First, we understand that Blatter sees himself as someone with personal value, or possibly that he doesn't see his aspirations as a narcissistic drive for celebrity, power and influence.
Second, we have it on record that Blatter considers radio the most popular form of media in the world. This is exactly the perception you would hope for and expect when dealing with a misogynistic octogenarian from Switzerland who smugly grins at the rest of the world while slaves in Qatar build his soccer stadiums.
I will not be listening to Sepp Blatter's future radio show, but I'm thrilled to know he sees this career move as bringing him to the forefront of media innovation.
The Sepp Blatter character has always depended on projecting an image of progressive leadership while clinging to outdated attitudes and condescending to the non-rich elite. But it's satisfying to see where this path to power ultimately leads: Sepp Blatter is now out-of-work, facing legal trouble, and publicly campaigning for a job in talk radio while comedians throw fake money in his face.
It's the ending he deserves, but don't expect him to get the punchline.