Ted Lasso’s Evolution From NBC Sports Ad Buffoon to Lovable Sitcom Hero

Ted Lasso’s Evolution From NBC Sports Ad Buffoon to Lovable Sitcom Hero
When the world first met Ted Lasso, he was half the man he is today…maybe even a quarter. The character originated in a 2013 TV ad commissioned to mark NBC Sports’ acquisition of the US broadcast rights to English Premier League games. Titled ‘An American Coach in London’, it was a five-minute comedy sketch created as a showcase for the peculiarities of the English sport for US fans, and as a riff on the clumsy yank abroad stereotype.

The premise saw Lasso imported to coach Premier League team Tottenham Hotspurs – or, as he calls them, ‘The Spurs’ – despite having no grasp of the game’s rules or context. He gets the lingo wrong, the rules wrong, the training wrong, and is totally unaware that everybody thinks he’s a complete tit.

In a 2013 behind-the-scenes interview with Spurs TV, Jason Sudeikis explained:

“I’m playing an American football coach who’s
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