For the second time in four years, Newcastle United are looking at coming over to America, although the last time it was a tough trip given the size of the country and the long journeys involved to get from Kansas to Florida, as the club did last time they were here.
Lee Charnley – arranging the deal
Last time Newcastle had three games arranged against the Columbus Crew in Ohio, Sporting Kansas City in Kansas and Orlando City in Florida.
There’s a report today in the Shields Gazette that Newcastle are indeed looking again at the states, and certainly in the four years that have passed, Americans have become more involved in soccer as they call it over here, to differentiate it from their football (American football).
We shouldn’t get carried away with the popularity of soccer in America though, and it’s still not in the top eight sports over here – with (American) football. baseball and basketball still easily the most popular sports – and that’s both at the pro and college levels, and then there’s golf and NASCAR.
But we have seen NBC Sports embrace Premier League football and they put on great coverage of all the Premier League games – for every single match – whether on TV or available on the internet.
If Newcastle do come over again then maybe they should arrange their games all on the east coast, or even on the west coast which will restrict the distances they have to travel – and that seems to be one thing that dogged them last time – plus the time changes.
So good planning is needed this time around so there are not vast distances between the games.
I always remember when I was trying to arrange the flights back to Raleigh for my family once, and one travel agent in Newcastle wanted to send us London to Dallas and Dallas to Raleigh, until I told him that Dallas was over 1000 miles south-west of Raleigh so why would I ever want to do that?
Newcastle could get a good deal to come over to the states with the Premier League clubs being popular over here because of the TV coverage – it’s just a pity we couldn’t be higher up the league table.
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