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Men in Blazers move to NBC
August 11th, 2014 4:06PM

TAGS:  england, soccer business, television


[SOCCER ON THE AIR] Men in Blazers, featuring Michael Davies and Roger Bennett, are joining NBC Sports Group from ESPN. The program will air on Mondays on NBCSN and other platforms, beginning in the first month of the English Premier League season.

A digital-only version of Men in Blazers will also be available on Friday of every Premier League match week.

In addition, Bennett will serve as a special contributor on television, providing on-site features and making monthly studio appearances alongside Premier League Live host Rebecca Lowe.

“We are excited to add Men in Blazers to NBC Sports Group’s talented on-air soccer roster,” said Jon Miller, NBC Sports Group's president for programming. “The unique and fresh perspective that Roger and Michael provide will be an entertaining addition to NBC Sports Group’s robust Premier League coverage.”

Most recently, Men in Blazers was featured on ESPN’s coverage of the 2014 World Cup.

All Men in Blazers content will be produced at Embassy Row, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, where Davies is president

  1. G O
    commented on: August 13, 2014 at 1:48 a.m.
    Okay, let's cut to the chase - to use that old American phraseology: Dump the endless silliness, the slapstick. Men is Blazers is plain stupid. Call 'em what they are, two degenerate old balding fellows who are mouthy and stuck on how they "turn a phrase" when speaking. The only ones they impress are themselves. I'm there to watch sport, not endless punditry by people who need to not just "get a life" but get a respectable career path. Obviously the idiots running TV programming now are the product of the dumbed down life they've known for their first three or four decades of life. Is everything now just Steven Colbert stuff? Enough of it. The focus is on the sport, just the sport. Not all this (like that US coach who goes to supposedly coach Tottenham Spurs - NBC's creation) buffoonery. End it. Now. It is also very clearly: Unfriendly family language and themes often used. Soccer watching should be something where parents and relatives can easily know that it is decent viewing. (That NBC guy fake coach is crude, and, yes, lewd. Whomever let him (Is Lasso the name?) near that Owls team of young soccer playing girls - recent video, I think - is out of their mind(s) Guy would get a fist in face and violent smackdown talking like that around young people where I come from.
  1. G O
    commented on: August 13, 2014 at 1:57 a.m.
    Yes, part of the above is in direct response to now all the (what will be very short-lived - it always is) self absorbed feigned lamenting of the passing of Robin Williams. Soccer America staff should do the right thing. If you must post/link video of Robin William's skits/monologues, do a "viewer advisory." Okay? This stuff is still unacceptable language, in the two videos you posted today of Robin Williams on stage talking soccer in what is I believe a year 2002 performance he did. Don't you owe your readers and viewers that much? Content matters. Expletives aplenty and oversexed content - always? Must we always be subjected to that? (When supposedly seeing, based on the lead-in, a famous person making jokes about a sport.) Wholesome is not and shall not be an old fashioned and mocked word. Enough of the crude.
  1. Andy Grudich
    commented on: August 17, 2014 at 9:08 p.m.
    Lighten up Francis....

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