In Mexico, They're All About Priorities

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View of the top of a stage with a big screen (not seen) at the Zocalo square in Mexico City.

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Is work getting in the way of your World Cup viewing? It won't be for many Mexicans on Friday.

Mexico's national team plays World Cup host South Africa on opening day. NPR's Mexico City-based correspondent Jason Beaubien points to an interesting survey of businesses in the biggest cities in Mexico.

Sixty percent of the businesses plan to allow their employees to watch the opening match at work, according to the survey.

"They aren’t necessarily doing this out of the kindness of their hearts," Beaubien says of the business owners. "The game is at 9 a.m. local time and there’s great concern that much of the country might not show up for work at all if they couldn’t follow it at their workplaces."

Beaubien also points out that giant TV screens have been erected in Mexico City's Zocalo for people to gather and watch in the city's main square.

Green Mexico team jerseys are everywhere, he says, and TV stations are running endless repeats of World Cup matches dating back to the 1970's.

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