Roger James "Rog" Bennett (born September 14, 1970) is a British-American journalist, author, radio presenter and filmmaker. He has written about sports, music, and culture for the New York Times, ESPN: The Magazine, and Time, among others.

He is the co-host, with Michael Davies, of the Men in Blazers. The duo records a weekly podcast (formerly on the Grantland network) and a show on NBCSN. The weekly half-hour NBCSN television show "The Men in Blazers Show" covers the English Premier League. It debuted Monday, September 15, 2014 and is filmed in a studio in the SoHo area of New York City.[3] They formerly had a show on Sirius XM.


In 2009, he produced a documentary After the Cup: Sons of Sakhnin United, which covered Bnei Sakhnin F.C.'s 2004 Israel State Cup title and their subsequent campaign in the 2004–05 UEFA Cup competition.

In 2014, he directed "Inside: U.S. Soccer's March to Brazil," for ESPN ahead of the 2014 World Cup. The multi episode documentary series offered a fly-on-the-wall look at the U.S. Men's National Team as they prepared for the 2014 World Cup.[4]

In 2014, he made a documentary about Landon Donovan and his final game with the MLS team L.A. Galaxy before retiring.[5]

In 2015, he made a documentary "The Southampton Way" about Southampton F.C..[6]

In 2015, he made a documentary "Inside the Mind of Jose Mourinho" about Jose Mourinho.[7]

In 2015, he made a documentary "Crystal Palace South London and Proud" about Crystal Palace.[8]

In 2015, he made a documentary "BOURNEMOUTH: TOGETHER, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE" about AFC Bournemouth.[9]

In 2015, he made a documentary "THE GOALKEEPERS’ UNION" [10]

IN 2016, he made a documentary "THE LEICESTER CITY STORY" about Leicester City F.C. [11]

In 2016, he made a documentary "Inside the Mind of Jurgen Klopp" about Jurgen Klopp.[12]

In 2016, he made a documentary "Inside the Mind of Arsene Wenger" about Arsene Wenger. [13]

In 2016, he made a documentary "Inside the Mind of Pep Guardiola" about Pep Guardiola.[14]

In 2017, he made a documentary "NEVER LOSE FAITH: THE SUNDERLAND AFC STORY" about Sunderland AFC.[15]

He also produced, along with Jonathan Hock, ESPN's 30 for 30 episode "Barbosa: The Man Who Made Brazil Cry," which looked at Brazil's doomed attempt to win the 1950 World Cup on home soil and a behind-the-scenes look at Brazil in the run up to the 2014 World Cup.[16]

In 2016, he made a report with VICE Sports about Iceland's rise in soccer called "The Vikings’ Shocking Euro Run: The Unbelievable Rise of Icelandic Soccer".[17]

In 2016, he made a documentary with Vice Sports called "Das American: Christian Pulisic's Spectacular Rise" about Christian Pulisic.[18]

Personal Life

Roger Bennett married Vanessa Kroll in 2000. His brother-in-law is the comedian Nick Kroll.[19]

In 2014, he announced he would be becoming a naturalized American citizen based upon the United States men's national soccer team's progress in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Bennett is a longtime supporter of the Everton Football Club that plays in the English Premier League.

Other Projects

In 2010, he created the architectural design competition Sukkah City with journalist Joshua Foer.[2]

Bennett is also co-founder of a record label, Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation, that has tracked down lost music from the 1950s and 60s and reissued it including BAGELS AND BONGOS[20] and BLACK SABBATH.[21]



  1. ^ "Weddings". New York Times. Retrieved 16 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Bernstein, Fred (16 September 2010). "A Harvest of Temporary Shelters". New York Times. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Prince-Wright, Joe. ""The Men in Blazers Show" set for kick off on NBCSN" (17 September 2014). 
  4. ^ "Roger Bennett On "Inside: U.S. Soccer's March to Brazil"". Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
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  16. ^ "New Film Series, 30 for 30: Soccert Stories", Surrounding 2014 FIFA World Cup on ESPN". Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
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  20. ^ "Funny, It Doesn't Sound Jewish". Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  21. ^ "The Secret Musical History Of...'Black Sabbath'?". Retrieved 11 August 2014.

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