TORONTO — The Canadian Football League announced that Sportsnet writer, producer, host and former Western Mustang running back Donnovan Bennett will co-host the CFL’s official podcast ‘The Waggle presented by Sport Clips’ alongside three-time Grey Cup Champion, two-time CFL All-Star, and Most Outstanding Canadian East nominee Davis Sanchez.
Previously nominated for both a Gemini and a Digital Publishing Award and winner of an Ontario University Athletics (OUA) media award, Bennett is an experienced storyteller who has covered football, basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey and amateur sports for both Sportsnet and The Score Television Network. In his roles as a sideline reporter, studio host, feature host, radio host, producer, staff writer and college football colour analyst, Bennett has brought sports stories to life and explored their intersection with pop culture, politics, race, and society, most recently as part of CBC’s ‘The National’ segment ‘Pop Panel’.
In their first episode together as co-hosts, Bennett and Sanchez tackle how the differing replay rules impact football on both sides of the border, take a deep dive on the Riders’ coaching search and candidates they weren’t granted access to. Later on, TSN’s Insider Dave Naylor stops by to talk about what has been a busy off-season for him, addressing the CFL in Atlantic Canada, the LFA Mexican Combine and the latest news and rumours ahead of free agency.
Fans can subscribe and listen to recent episodes of ‘The Waggle’ through iTunes, Google Play and Spotify. Sanchez enters his third season with CFL.ca as a host and analysis, in addition to becoming a regular on TSN and panelist for CFL on TSN. Sanchez played for Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and BC in the CFL, as well as a two-year stint with the San Diego Chargers of the NFL during his 12-year pro football career. He accumulated 333 tackles, 28 interceptions, five returned interceptions for touchdowns and 62 pass knockdowns in the CFL. The former Oregon Duck and CFL Most Outstanding Canadian nominee retired in 2012 and now resides in Toronto.
‘The Waggle’, which launched as a weekly podcast in June 2016, has released over 140 episodes with exclusive interviews, fantasy football insight, analysis and game previews. Bennett will take over for Gemini-award winning sportscaster James Cybulski, who featured in the first three seasons of the podcast.
A popular content property of the CFL, ‘The Waggle presented by Sport Clips’ has quickly grown to become a weekly staple in the CFL media landscape, with:
More than 1.3 million downloads on iTunes and Google Play
A significant international audience, with a quarter of listeners tuning in from outside Canada
Title sponsor and various additional CFL sponsors activating via in-podcast reads
January 20th to 26th is Client Appreciation Week at all Sport Clips locations; CFL fans can receive a free Double MVP Upgrade and can also be entered to win a custom CFL jersey or branded football by entering at SportClips.ca/Contest.
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