Bob Ley

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Bob Ley
Bob Ley.jpg
Ley in March 2010
Born (1955-03-16) March 16, 1955 (age 59)
Education Seton Hall University, (1976)
B.A. Communications
Title Outside the Lines host, SportsCenter anchor, soccer broadcaster
Spouse(s) Barbara
Children 2

Bob Ley (/ˈl/; born March 16, 1955) is a OTL Specialist for ESPN. He is the longest tenured employee there.[citation needed]

Early life and education[edit]

Ley grew up in Bloomfield, New Jersey, where he attended Bloomfield High School.[1][2] He got his start in broadcasting as a sportscaster and program director at WSOU at Seton Hall University, and interned as a production staffer at WOR-AM in New York City. After graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, Ley worked several minor broadcasting jobs, including public address announcer with the New York Cosmos soccer team, before landing his first major position with ESPN in 1979, the network's first year of broadcasting.


In 1980, Ley hosted the first televised NCAA Selection Show, though the airing would switch to CBS two years later.[3]

Ley is famous for breaking the banishment of Pete Rose from Major League Baseball for life in 1989. He also anchored, along with Trey Wingo, the lone SportsCenter on September 11 attacks of 2001, to announce there would be no games for at least one week.

Ley currently hosts ESPN's investigative program Outside the Lines. He did host SportsCenter for much of his career at ESPN, returning on August 9, 2004 to host an "old school" edition with longtime partner Charley Steiner.

He is the primary studio host for ESPN's telecasts of major international professional soccer tournaments such as the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup,[4] and the 2012 UEFA European Championship.[5]

During the Night of 1000 Stars,'s Men in Blazers, Michael Davies and Rog Bennett presented Ley with the first Men In Blazers Golden Jacket [6] for life time services to American Soccer. [7]

During the presentation of the Golden Blazer Jacket, the Men in Blazers showed footage of Ley anchoring "SportsCenter" and presenting highlights of the United States men's national soccer team qualifying for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. It was the first time the USMNT qualified for the FIFA World Cup since 1950.

On September 7, 2014, in recognition of ESPN's 35th anniversary as a cable network, he was honored as one of the nineteen "ESPN Originals", employees who have been with the network from the beginning. Chris Berman is the only other on-air personality included on that list.

Ley currently serves on the Board of Regents for Seton Hall University.[8]



  1. ^ Sandomir, Richard. "TV SPORTS; Disney Making a Commitment to Complete Soccer Coverage", The New York Times, June 7, 1998. Accessed December 25, 2007. "The American games are important, said Ley, who became a soccer enthusiast when he attended Bloomfield High School in New Jersey during the North American Soccer League's heyday."
  2. ^ Orr, Conor. "Bloomfield native Bob Ley will be the face of the World Cup for ESPN", The Star-Ledger, June 9, 2010. Accessed July 18, 2011. "Unfortunately for Bob Ley, he was the first of the two team managers to show up at Bloomfield High’s soccer practice on that fall afternoon in 1971. His best friend and co-manager Bob Longo disagrees on the circumstances, but remembers vividly the sight of the future ESPN anchor in a compromising position after the team’s players stuffed Ley into the wire equipment cart and rolled him straight into the pond near the field."
  3. ^ Quindt, Fritz. "A cease-fire in the bracket wars", Sporting News, March 11, 2002. Accessed July 18, 2011. "(In 1980, Bob Ley hosted the first selection show ever. It was on ESPN.) Upon getting the 1982 Tournament, CBS was handed the List of 64 and guarded it like a final Survivor vote."
  4. ^ 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Commentators – ESPN MediaZone.
  5. ^ 2012 ESPN’s Studio Team for UEFA EURO 2012 – ESPN MediaZone.
  6. ^ Men in Blazers Night of 1000 Stars
  7. ^ Podcenter
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