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Major Link Soccer: Amazon wins UK broadcast rights for some Premier League matches

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Plus, more Premier League news. How to improve the NWSL broadcast commentary. Don’t let cats on the pitch.

Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester City - Premier League Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Seattle

Megan Rapinoe is working towards making sports teams more inclusive for LGBTQ youth, creating safe places free of bullying. Megan Rapinoe wants more LGBTQ kids to play soccer - Outsports

Hope Solo is not a fan of US soccer, to the point where she thinks the US should lose their world cup bid. AP Interview: Hope Solo says don't vote for US World Cup bid

Major League Soccer

Not a ton of movement, not much good news for Sounders fans. MLS Power Ranking Averages - Week 14 - RSL Soapbox

Chicago Fire take on Atlanta United June 20 in the round of 16 of the USOC, and the match will be held in the big shiny place. Mercedes-Benz Stadium to host Atlanta United’s Round of 16 U.S. Open Cup match - Dirty South Soccer

NWSL

NWSL broadcast has a ways to go — here’s where they are and how they can improve. NWSL livestream commentary is a work in progress - Black And Red United

United States

More tech being used in a cool way to try to identify and evaluate talent. Sports Science, USL Take Inside Look at What Makes a Great Soccer Player

Here's the view from The Brotherly Game on new USMNT GM Earnie Stewart’s legacy with the Union. Earnie Stewart becomes the next GM for the United States National Team, however his legacy with the Philadelphia Union is complicated. - Brotherly Game

If you’re not having a hackathon, what are you even doing these days? U.S. Soccer to Host 24-Hour Hackathon in Chicago on July 14-15 - U.S. Soccer

World

The World Cup is a giant fountain of money. The World Cup Continues to Make Soccer Cool for Brands - Racked

You’ve gotta watch out for those feline pitch invaders. Besiktas fined after cat interrupts Champions League clash with Bayern Munich

Big changes at the top of the Premier League. theScore - Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore to step down after 19 years

Also starting in 2019-2020, there will be a two week midwinter break in the PL. while still keeping the Christmas-y matches. Premier League winter break approved from 2019-20, FA confirms

OK, so they won’t have the marquee matches, but Amazon broadcasting the PL in the UK is still big news. Amazon Wins U.K. Broadcast Rights to Premier League - The New York Times

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