Monday, August 15th, 2016


Michael Davies and Roger Bennett Return to Host “Sub-Optimal” Show in New Afternoon Time Slot Following Select Weekday Premier League Matches on NBCSN

Season Three Premieres on Monday, August 22 & the NBC Sports app to Stream the Show Live

 STAMFORD, Conn. – August 15, 2016 – THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW presented by Mini, featuring popular soccer personalities Michael Davies and Roger Bennett, returns on Monday, August 22, on NBCSN (airtime to be announced at a later date).

In the season premiere of the 30-minute show — set at the Men in Blazers “Panic Room studio” in SoHo, New York City — Davies and Bennett will look back at Olympic soccer in Rio, the first two weeks of the Premier League season, and will preview the following weekend’s Premier League action.

New live episodes of THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW will debut following select weekday matches at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN during the Premier League season. In addition, select episodes will air at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN following mid-week matches. The program also streams live and will be achieved on and the NBC Sports app.

“We could not be more excited for the season ahead,” said Bennett. “With Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, Jose Mourinho pitching up at Manchester United with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in tow, Antonio Conte’s menacing arrival at Chelsea, Arsène Wenger’s 20th anniversary at Arsenal, and Jamie Vardy’s Leicester City defending their most unlikely of titles, this year’s Premier League campaign might just be the Greatest Telenovela of all time.”

“During the five day international soccer offseason, we all focused on figuring out how to get our show scheduled live and adjacent to more Premier League matches on Friday and Monday afternoons, and how to combine forces on producing impactful digital and social content on all NBC Sports platforms,” said Davies. “We are delighted to continue our phenomenal partnership with NBC Sports and hope to bring dozens more viewers to our suboptimal television program.”

THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW on NBCSN follows NBC Sports Group’s weekend Premier League coverage, allowing Davies and Bennett to both break down and preview all of the action for American soccer fans. Their show, which has featured guests including Will Ferrell, Seth Meyers, Carmelo Anthony and Loretta Lynch, is a passionate, wide-ranging conversation about football and life, focusing on the Premier League.

The show complements Men in Blazers’ special, digital-only weekly podcast on each Tuesday. Weekly digital-only Men in Blazers’ previews of the upcoming Premier League matches are released each Friday.

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

NBC Sports Group will once again make all 380 games from the Premier League available in the United States. All games will be preceded and followed by Premier League Live pre- and post-match shows from the NBC Sports Group International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn.