DONNOVAN BENNETT ANNOUNCED AS CO-HOST OF THE CFL’S PODCAST ‘THE WAGGLE PRESENTED BY SPORT CLIPS’

DONNOVAN BENNETT ANNOUNCED AS CO-HOST OF THE CFL’S PODCAST ‘THE WAGGLE PRESENTED BY SPORT CLIPS’

The official podcast of the Canadian Football League will be hosted by Davis Sanchez and Donnovan Bennett

TORONTO (January 24, 2019) – The Canadian Football League (CFL) 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. LISTEN NOW

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 analyst, in addition to becoming a regular on TSN and panelist for CFL on TSN. In his 12-year pro football career, 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. 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.

Training camps open on May 19 and the 2019 season begins on June 13 when the Saskatchewan Roughriders face off against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Fans can stay up to date on all the non-stop action at CFL.ca, follow the 2019 season from around the world, and join us at a game. The 107th Grey Cup presented by Shaw will be played at McMahon Stadium in Calgary on Sunday, November 24 at 4 p.m. local (6 p.m. ET).

ABOUT SPORT CLIPS HAIRCUTS

Sport Clips Haircuts is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas and was established in 1993 by Founder and CEO Gordon Logan. The sports-themed haircutting franchise, which specializes in haircuts for men and boys, is ranked 2nd overall by FORBES as one of the “Top Ten Best” franchises to buy, ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top 20 “Fastest-Growing Franchises,” and in the top 10 percent of the “Franchise 500.” The Canadian expansion began in 2012 with business partners Peter Kowal and Mark Schiffner, both Canadian citizens with over 50-years of collective International franchise experience between them. In August 2012, they finalized their agreement for the Canadian market as Sport Clips International's first Master Franchisor. To learn more about Sport Clips, visit www.sportclips.ca

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Lucas Barrett Manager, Communications & Public Affairs, Canadian Football League
Lucas Barrett Manager, Communications & Public Affairs, Canadian Football League
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