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Premier League On This Day: Blackburn Rovers win it all

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Blackburn lost 2-1 to Liverpool on this day 25 years ago, but that didn’t stop the celebrations as the Rovers won the Premier League.

There would’ve been nerves everywhere as Blackburn entered the day with only one point, but Manchester United choked away their chance with a draw at West Ham United.

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The team was loaded, and there was a bit of controversy thanks to owner Jack Walker pouring money into transfers for Alan Shearer, Chris Sutton, David Batty, Stuart Ripley, Tim Sherwood, and Graeme Le Saux over the previous few windows.

Yes, that’s NBC Sports broadcaster Graeme Le Saux, who made the PFA Team of the Year for the first of two times in his career. He scored three goals and collected a robust eight yellow cards on the season.

“We’re always really defensive about the comparison of other clubs when it comes to big pockets, spending loads of money and buying success because it was far more sophisticated than that,” Le Saux told The Mirror. “The group, the culture that Kenny (Dalglish) and his No.2 Ray Harford set was so important. There was no hierarchy, nothing flash and when I got there in 1993, they paid £600,000 for me and Chelsea paid £5.5million to buy me back and they made a £40m profit on that team.”

The Rovers only won two of their final six matches, drawing once and losing twice, which put them in the final day predicament. Manchester United were the two-time reigning champions, but choked away their chance despite losing just twice from the festive fixtures through the 42nd match day.

Sales were made and the Rovers were relegated four seasons later. They’d return to the Premier League from 2001-12, but sunk as far as League One before promotion to the Championship in 2018-19. They were three points back of the promotion playoffs spot when the coronavirus pause hit the Championship in March.

NBC Group Chat: ‘World Cup’ style Premier League return?

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Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe welcome the all-stars of the NBC Sports broadcast crew into a roundtable (via web) discussion of all things soccer in a socially-responsible social distance podcast.

Wednesday’s NBC Group Chat talks on reported plans for the Premier League’s return as well as staffs and players taking pay cuts for the health of their clubs.

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Rebecca Lowe, Arlo White, Lee Dixon, Graeme Le Saux, and Kyle Martino join The 2 Robbies to discuss reports of the Premier League’s potential plans to resume the season, including one which involves “World Cup-style” camps over June and July (1:00).

The team also shares their thoughts on players taking pay cuts to help clubs deal with financial problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (30:32).

Elsewhere, Rebecca takes center stage with a new show of sorts.

The PL morning hero takes a walk through the world of Premier League social media this week.

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LISTEN: NBC Group Chat talks responding to difficult situations

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You can take the soccer away from the NBC Sports Soccer broadcast crew, but you can’t take the crew away from the soccer.

Rebecca Lowe, Lee Dixon, Graeme Le Saux, Robbie Earle, Robbie Mustoe and Kyle Martino all got together for the second edition of the Premier League on NBC Group Chat.

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This episode each member of the team shared a challenging moment they went through during their careers and discussed how they handled those difficult situations.

For Robbie Mustoe, there’s a tricky tale of former Italy star Fabrizio Ravanelli and some locker room drama at Middlesbrough.

“The Italians would be in one corner, the Brazilians another, and the Brits stuck together and were the majority, but it wasn’t a great scenario. The season before we did alright and finished in the top ten. The following season we had all these runs to cup finals but we were relegated.”

 

Arlo, Lee and Graeme’s Excellent Adventure, Part 3

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Arlo White, Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux are going on another Excellent Adventure.

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NBC Sports’ Premier League crew in the UK will be attending two games on opposite sides of London Saturday, as they’ll call West Ham v. Arsenal (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) in a big London derby and then Chelsea v. Newcastle United (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com) at Stamford Bridge.

For Part 3 of the adventure, the guys will be traveling on motorbikes and stopping to take pictures at Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey along the way.

“Announcing two Premier League games on the same day is really great fun, and now we have the added twist of calling a third game the following day, all in the same city!” lead soccer announcer Arlo White said. “We’ve given up trying to race between stadiums as Lee is far too competitive, but we’ll climb on the motorbike taxis after calling West Ham v/ Arsenal and head west across town to Stamford Bridge, and call Chelsea v. Newcastle. We’ll be armed with GoPro cameras so I’m sure we’ll see some famous sights and landmarks along the way!”

They will also be staying in London on Sunday to call the massive clash at Wembley, as Tottenham host Manchester United (Watch live, 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

“After a night to recover, we’ll head to Wembley on Sunday for a massive game between title chasing Tottenham and a rejuvenated Manchester United.  As usual, the games themselves will come first, but it’s the perfect weekend for the three of us and we can’t wait to get started.”

Stay tuned across our social platforms, including NBC Sport Soccer’s Twitter account, to catch up with the Excellent Adventure 3.

The 2 Robbies Podcast: All-Star crew of guests talk Deadline Day

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Special edition podcast featuring the entire NBC Premier League crew discussing the Premier League Transfer Deadline Day as it happened live.

Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe are joined by Rebecca Lowe, Arlo White, Kyle Martino, Lee Dixon, Graeme Le Saux and Neil Ashton chatting all 20 Premier League clubs and their off-season activity.

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