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10.05.2021

‘WE NEED TO TALK’ DISCUSSES NATIONAL WOMEN’S SOCCER LEAGUE MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS WITH MEG LINEHAN

The Athletic Soccer Reporter Joins in Studio Following Investigative Story

Episode Airs Tonight at 8 PM, ET on CBS Sports Network

Tonight, CBS Sports’ WE NEED TO TALK discusses the National Women’s Soccer League misconduct allegations with Meg Linehan, soccer reporter for The Athletic. Following her investigative story on the allegations, Linehan joins in studio and talks about the reaction to and impact of the story, how the players and the league move forward, and steps needed in women’s sports. The episode airs tonight at 8 PM, ET on CBS Sports Network.

The episode also features an interview with WNBA MVP, Jonquel Jones, and a behind-the-scenes look at Nickelodeon’s new show, NFL Slimetime. Tonight’s show is hosted by Tracy Wolfson, Aditi Kinkhabwala, AJ Ross and Summer Sanders.

See below for a quote from Linehan’s interview.

On what she expects from the players when play resumes and they take the field on Wednesday: “I’m very curious. I’m actually going to Philadelphia for the Gotham FC-Washington Spirit game, and again, the Spirit have been going through some things, Gotham has gone through their own changes this season, but what I have seen so far from the players is that they’re willing to sit on hours of Zooms to figure out how they work as a collective whole. I think we are going to see a lot of pressure both in terms of what we’re seeing from postgame media time, but also I think there will be things happening on the field. I fully expect, especially in markets like North Carolina and Portland that were so directly affected by this reporting, that the fan pressure will be on. It’s going to be one of these moments, I think, that’s going to really stick with us over the next few months, over the next year as we start to move past this. But I think Wednesday night is going to be a night that we have never seen in the NWSL before.”

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WE NEED TO TALK is led by Emmy Award-winning Coordinating Producers Emilie Deutsch and Suzanne Smith. Amy Salmanson and Julie Keryc produce with Smith directing.

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