There's something exciting going on in the soccer world ... news!
On the Premier League on NBC Sports' Group Chat podcast, the crew of Rebecca Lowe, Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Earle, Kyle Martino, Robbie Mustoe, Arlo White, Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux discuss some actual soccer news (!) as Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley inches closer to selling the club.
“The excitement around the Newcastle area must be very, very strong,” Mustoe said of the fans who look to finally be getting new ownership after three years of Ashley trying to sell. “It is absolutely what they need, the fans will expect investment, big money… we all know on this call, the potential of Newcastle United.”
Arlo White added that he thinks “the phrase addition by subtraction comes into it” and that fans of Newcastle will be “dancing in the streets, well two meters [6 feet] apart, of course” to move on from an owner who was “so phenomenally unappealing and unpopular” to Newcastle fans.
"I don't think anybody wants to get carried away," he cautioned. "They've been led to water so many times but been prevented from taking a drink ... this sounds as close as they've ever got though. But until it's signed, sealed, delivered, I don't think Newcastle fans are going to let themselves get carried away.
The whole cast also explained their unique ways of getting ready for a weekend of broadcasts, and we learned there's a style everyone can likely identify with.
If you are one for reading everything you possibly can, Rebecca Lowe is your girl. If you prefer to watch the games and use your eyes and gut to feel the game, Graeme Le Saux is your man. If you’ve ever thought about what happens when nature calls during the middle of a broadcast, boy, does Lee Dixon have a story for you. You’ll even learn some technical parlance from behind-the-scenes of the broadcasts along the way.
For a true broadcast nerd however, the best part (of the video-enabled version of the podcast) was Robbie Mustoe showcasing his cover sheets for each game that he uses to jot down all the notes he needs for a broadcast. On his cover sheet he breaks down the tactical set-up of each team and distills down the most important information so he can look down in the midst of a show and sort out his facts quickly.
To hear how the rest of the crew goes about preparing in their own unique ways, check out the podcast above.