Futbol fanatics Michael Davies and Roger Bennett are moving their popular Men In Blazers show from ESPN to NBC Sports, in time for the kickoff of the 2014-15 Premier League campaign.
The duo, who resonated with soccer fans with their weekly podcasts on ESPN’s Grantland, will now reach their multiplatform audience via NBC Sports Group’s platforms. Davies and Bennett expanded their reach and profile during ESPN’s expansive coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup from Brazil.
“We are excited to add Men in Blazers to NBC Sports Group’s talented on-air soccer roster,” said Jon Miller, president of programming at NBC Sports Group. “The unique and fresh perspective that Roger and Michael provide will be an entertaining addition to NBC Sports Group’s robust Premier League coverage.”
The game plan calls for Men In Blazers to assess all of the previous weekend’s Premier League action on NBCSN. They will also stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports Live Extra app on Mondays during the BPL season. A special, digital-only version of Men in Blazers will be available on Friday ahead of every Premier League round. The videos, along with their weekly podcast, will be housed in a "Men in Blazers" section on NBCSports.com.
All Men in Blazers fare will be produced at Embassy Row, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, where Michael Davies continues to serve as president.
Bennett will also appear as a special contributor on NBC’s coverage of Premier League action, providing on-site features from the U.K. and monthly studio appearances with Premier League Live host Rebecca Lowe. He will also contribute long-form features to NBCSports.com.
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