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Premier League on NBC podcast: Behind-the-scenes look at broadcast and news on Newcastle

Premier League on NBC podcast: Behind-the-scenes look at broadcast and news on Newcastle

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.

Washington DC launches bid to host 2026 FIFA World Cup matches

Washington DC launches bid to host 2026 FIFA World Cup matches

It’s still six years out, but Washington, D.C. is making a push to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup to the nation’s capital.

With North America selected as the location of choice for the 2026 World Cup rather than one country in particular, D.C. officials announced Tuesday their intention to make Washington one of the 16 host cities for the 80-match tournament.

“Right now, as countries around the world continue to respond to this pandemic, the 2026 FIFA World Cup is something we can all look forward to,” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a statement. “And when the tournament comes to North America, it only makes sense for DC — the Sports Capital and District of Champions — to host. We are already a city united by the game, and in 2026, we look forward to uniting the world.”

According to The Washington Post, 10 cities from the U.S. are expected to land matches for the tournament with Canada and Mexico splitting the other six. It will be the first time in World Cup history that the tournament will be shared by more than two countries.

The District established a group called DC2026, which announced a 40-member advisory board that includes D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid, three-time MLS champion Eddie Pope, Washington Spirit stars Joanna Lohman and Andi Sullivan, two-time gold medalist Brianna Scurry, EventsDC chairman Max Brown, chef José Andrés and D.C. United general partner Gregory O’Dell.

“As a native Washingtonian, I am proud to be a Co-Chair of DC’s official bid committee to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup,” Hamid said in a statement. “I could not think of a more vibrant, inclusive or passionate soccer city to host FIFA World Cup matches in 2026. With our deep soccer roots and diversity, the culture of our city gives us our foundation to successfully highlight the matches and leave a lasting impact on the future of the game.”

DC2026 plans to tout D.C.’s “unparalleled roots to the sport of soccer and world-class hosting capabilities” as part of its pitch. In a three-page press release, the group laid out advantages such as the metro system and three local airports that would allow it to host the increased number of tourists.

The city last hosted the World Cup in 1994, when it made RFK Stadium one of nine U.S. venues for the tournament. It’s also held Olympic soccer games (1996) as well as the 1999 and 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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WATCH: American Christian Pulisic nets second goal for Chelsea in as many games

WATCH: American Christian Pulisic nets second goal for Chelsea in as many games

The Premier League restart has gone as good as possible for Christian Pulisic.

The United States National Team star netted his second goal in as many games for Chelsea on Thursday, giving the Blues a 1-0 lead over Manchester City shortly before halftime.

Pulisic gained possession of the ball off of a poor City turnover, and suddenly, he was one-on-one with defender Benjamin Mendy. The American winger used a brilliant hesitation move to dribble past Mendy before curling his shot past keeper Ederson for the goal.

Pulisic's goal comes on the heels of his solid outing on Sunday, where he scored Chelsea's first goal in a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa. Thursday's finish was Pulisic's eighth goal in 25 appearances since arriving at Chelsea from German side Borussia Dortmund this past summer.

Pulisic had previously been sidelined since January 1 with an adductor injury but was close to returning before the season was paused in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Premier League's resumption gives the American star a chance to rewrite the narrative on an otherwise incomplete first season with the Blues.

Besides Chelsea supporters, no one is happier about Pulisic's goal than Liverpool fans. Should Chelsea win or draw, Liverpool will clinch their first-ever Premier League title (and first league title in 30 years).

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