Premier League Roundup: Frank Lampard returns as Chelsea manager

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Premier League Roundup: Frank Lampard returns as Chelsea manager

As the summer rolls on, Premier League news rolls along with it. This morning saw the announcement that Frank Lampard will return to Chelsea as their new manager, with just one year of managerial experience under his belt.

Here's the latest news about the Premier League:

Team/Player News

Chelsea: It has finally been made official. Frank Lampard is returning to Stamford Bridge; this time as the new head man. Over his 13 years as a player with the Blues, Lampard made 648 appearances and is the team's all-time leading scorer (211 goals). He spent last year in the Championship managing Derby County and led them to a playoff final. Lampard replaces Maurizio Sarri who left the club in June to take over Juventus is Serie A. Chelsea will face Manchester United at Old Trafford to kickoff next season.

Manchester City: After meeting Rodrigo Hernandez's €70m release clause, Pep Guardiola is set to make City's first signing of summer. The Spanish international only joined Atletico Madrid last summer on a five-year deal, but his consistent and impressive performances made him one of City's primary transfer targets. 

Watford: The team has made their first signing of the summer, as West Bromwich Albion defender Craig Dawson will join the Hornets. The 29-year old comes in a £5.5m move on a four-year contract through the 2023 season. Dawson, a former Spur and Team Great Britain Olympian, made 45 appearances for West Brom last season, who were beaten by Aston Villa in the Championship Playoff semifinals.

Southampton: The Saints have officially announced that it has turned Danny Ings loan from Liverpool into a permanent deal. The £18m move comes after Ings scored eight goals in 24 appearances with Southampton last season. The former Burnley star will be in competition with several other players for playing time, as Charlie Austin and Shane Long will be in the mix along with recently-signed Birmingham striker Che Adams.

Source: Rotoworld


11.8.19 Rick Horrow interviews Canadian Premier League Commissioner David Clanachan


11.8.19 Rick Horrow interviews Canadian Premier League Commissioner David Clanachan

Edited by Tanner Simkins

In the latest edition of Rick Horrow's Sports Business Podcast, Rick interviews Canadian Premier League Commissioner David Clanachan and takes you through the biggest sports business stories of the week.


1. Kansas City, here we come. Our “Power of Sports” program heads to Kansas City this month, highlighting community outreach programs, culturally significant sites, and people who have made a difference through sports. This month, host Rick Horrow visits the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to speak with President Bob Kendrick about the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Negro Leagues coming up next year and the museum’s role in the celebration and in the community. He also checks in on two of the Kansas City Royals’ youth outreach programs: Royalty Fields grants and a recurring Special Olympics clinic, and hears from James McGinnis, a high school football player from the KC Metro, who suffered a traumatic brain injury and used the Chiefs’ success last season to motivate his recovery. Our Game Changer segment features an interview with former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue filmed in early October at a Sport Business Handbook contributor symposium hosted by EVERFI at their Washington, DC headquarters.


2. The Orlando Magic have "filed an updated master plan” for their downtown Orlando Sports + Entertainment District that is “expected to more than double” the original $200 million project budget. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the mixed-use district will be built “starting next year on 8.4 acres across from Amway Center.” Magic Chief Communications Officer Joel Glass said the project will now cost “well over” $500 million. The district will “contain nearly 110,000 square feet of retail space, a conference center hotel with 80,000 square feet of event space, offices, apartments and a 2,500-space parking garage.” The updated plan maintains the original concept from 2018 but “increases the number of hotel rooms by 50 and more than doubles the amount of office space from the original 200,000 square feet to 420,000 square feet.” District Director Pat Gallagher said that the office tower “would now rise to 18 stories, which includes the ground-floor retail, multilevel parking structure and commercial office space.” The Sentinel notes the Magic’s new headquarters “would occupy 40,000 square feet in the office tower,” or close to 10%.


3. Unsung World Series winner this year:  Palm Beach County, FL.  The most publicized “first” this year involves the visiting team winning every World Series game.  However, maybe one of the most important economic “firsts” is the first time the World Series finalists shared a Spring Training facility:  the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.  The 7,700-seat stadium also features six practice fields each for the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros.  The 160-acre site also includes a 1.8-mile public walk trail and other facilities.  The Palm Beach County Sports Commission touts the facility as a major economic generator for the county, as it also hosts over 1,400 youth and tournament baseball games each year.  Look for a series of major announcements by the county and sports commission over the next two months.

Washington Spirit vs NC Courage: Time, TV Channel, How to watch

Washington Spirit vs NC Courage: Time, TV Channel, How to watch

With playoffs on the line, the Washington Spirit hosts the NC Courage in a must-win regular-season home finale Saturday night.

NC Courage sits high atop their first-place throne with an icy six-win streak, 14-4--4 record overall leading the NWSL with 46 points, 31 goal differential, 50 goals for and 19 goals against. The struggling Spirit, with one win, one loss and three draws in their past five matches, need to find a way to crack the Courage and tack on another win to keep postseason hopes alive.

Mallory Pugh has made strong moves for the Spirit since returning from injury and will be a key player to breakthrough the Courage defense with nine clean sheets (just one more than Washington) and averaging 0.9 goals allowed per game.

The Spirit cannot afford to lose this game if they want to snag a playoff spot, and that chase continues in Maryland.


What: Washington Spirit vs. NC Courage

Where: Maureen Hendricks Field Maryland SoccerPlex, Boyds, MD

When: Saturday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington