Both ESPN and Fox Soccer Channel will televise the historic announcement of the location of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup. The decision will be handed down live from FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland on Dec. 2.
The United States is bidding against Qatar, Australia, Japan, and Korea Republic for the right to host the latter tournament.
In other World Cup 2022 news, the American Bid Committee is putting the full court press on FIFA, recruiting Bill Clintonto pen an editorial in Sports Illustrated detailing why the tournament should come to the US.
30 Rockefeller Plaza is back to business this afternoon after Bieber fever struck early this morning. More than 12,000 people packed the plaza for Justin Bieber‘s performance. This could go down as the biggest in the 15 years of the “Today” show summer concert series.
“Today” show EP Jim Bell tells TVNewser this morning’s concert reminded him of the 1999 Ricky Martin concert during the “Livin La Vida Loca” days. “It virtually brought midtown Manhattan to a halt,” says Bell who was working for NBC Sports at the time. “It was virtually impossible to get through Rockefeller Plaza to the office.” (After the jump, Bell’s top concerts in his six years at the helm of “Today.”) Bell is anticipating another big crowd next month when Lady Gaga performs July 9th. “We’ve already gotten a huge response,” he says. “We expect a massive crowd that morning.”
Bieber was interviewed by Matt Lauer in the 8am half hour, the teenager even doing his own Lauer impression.
Then, at the start of the 8:30 half hour, watch as Jonah Hill and Elizabeth Moss try to promote their new movie “Get him to the Greek” amid screaming tweens.
Bieber then came on stage to perform three songs in the 8:30 half hour and more in the 9am.
Al Roker took some pictures (but no Tweets). And you may continue to see a familiar behind-the-scenes “Today” show face. Senior broadcast Don Nash makes it a point to leave the control room to catch the concerts in person, and the show’s director makes it a point of making sure Nash is put on camera — which, we hear, he hates. Spot him in the clip below:
• Much more on the concert, including clips of Bieber performing, on TodayShow.com.