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Two Premier League Matches, Split by a Race Against the Clock

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Arlo White, NBC’s lead soccer announcer. On Saturday, he and his broadcast partners will work two games, 14 miles apart.

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The idea sounded like fun, an adventure even.

The Premier League had helpfully scheduled two important matches in London on Saturday — Arsenal at Chelsea at midday, and Middlesbrough’s visit to Tottenham in late afternoon — and NBC’s lead soccer announcer, Arlo White, sensed opportunity.

Why not, White suggested to his bosses, have his broadcast team work both games? The obvious logistical challenge — navigating London’s labyrinth of narrow lanes and one-way streets in a tight time window — surely could be overcome by smart routes and skilled drivers.

NBC management quickly agreed, but with a twist: Instead of cars, the announcers would battle the traffic, and the clock, on motorcycle taxis.

“My first reaction was: ‘You idiot. What have you done?’ ” White said.

White, it seems, has never been on a motorcycle taxi, but it was too late. So on Saturday, he and his broadcast partners, Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux, will work…

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