Jay Mariotti

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Jay Mariotti
Born (1959-06-22) June 22, 1959 (age 55)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Occupation Sportswriter and Broadcaster
Nationality American

Jay Mariotti (/mæriˈɒti/; born June 22, 1959) is an American sports commentator and writer. He is currently the Sports Director and columnist at The San Francisco Examiner.[1] Mariotti spent 17 years as a Chicago Sun-Times columnist and eight years as a regular panelist on the ESPN sports-talk program Around the Horn.[2] His legal troubles resulted in the termination of his contract with ESPN.

Life and career[edit]

Mariotti was born in Pittsburgh and studied journalism at Ohio University before beginning his professional sportswriting career at The Detroit News.[3] [4] In 1985, Mariotti became one of the country's youngest sports columnists at The Cincinnati Post.[5] He moved on to columns at The Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post, then to a column at The National Sports Daily in New York. [6][7][8]

Mariotti made his writing debut for AOL Sports (now FanHouse) on Jan. 5, 2009 where he shared his views about any number of sports-related topics. [9] In 2010, he left Chicago and relocated to Los Angeles.

In 2010, ESPN announced it was no longer employing Mariotti due to his arrest on charges of domestic abuse.[10]

On Feb. 10, 2013, Jay Mariotti announced that he was returning to ESPN to work on "a freelance storytelling” assignment.[11]

Chicago Sun-Times[edit]

Mariotti joined the Chicago Sun-Times as a sports columnist in 1991, where he was its most widely read critic for much of the next 17 years. [12]On Aug. 26, 2008, Mariotti announced that he was resigning from the newspaper. He stated his choice was heavily weighted on the fact that, while covering the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, he saw more writers for websites covering the Games and a smaller presence of newspapers, giving him the opinion that writing for a website was "what the future holds."[13] Mariotti's criticism of the newspaper industry and his resignation from the declining newspaper prompted a public rebuttal from fellow Sun-Times employee and movie critic Roger Ebert, who defended the newspaper business and criticized Mariotti's penchant for writing sensationalist columns during his time there. [14]

Legal Issues[edit]

On Aug. 21, 2010, Mariotti was arrested in Los Angeles and booked on suspicion of a felony.[15] On September 13, Los Angeles city prosecutors charged Mariotti with seven misdemeanors in connection with the domestic disturbance. Mariotti's attorney called the allegations "inaccurate and sensationalized." She went on to say, "We are confident that the facts will show the complainant was extremely intoxicated that night and abusive toward Mr. Mariotti."[16] On September 30, Mariotti pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor battery count and was sentenced to 3 years probation and 40 days of community service.[17] ESPN has chosen not to use Mariotti on air since his arrest and indicated it had no plans to do so.[10]

On May 11, 2011, Mariotti pleaded not guilty to three felonies—stalking, domestic violence and assault—after he confronted his ex-girlfriend the same day a court ordered him to stay away from her, according to prosecutors. He was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of disobeying a court order. In addition to confronting his ex-girlfriend at a restaurant Sept. 30—the day he pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor domestic violence — prosecutors said he argued with his former girlfriend again outside of a Venice restaurant April 15. He allegedly pulled a chunk of her hair-extensions out, grabbed her cellphone, shouted at her, and ordered that she get plastic surgery because she was not satisfactory to his demands as a high profile sports writer and general celebrity, prosecutors said.[18] On Sept. 13, 2011, Mariotti pleaded no contest rather than "drag my family through a media circus," he said. As part of the plea deal, the charges were reduced to misdemeanors and Mariotti agreed to undergo a year of counseling and 90 days of community service. He was sentenced to five years probation and is eligible to have that time reduced in 2014.[19]

The Mariotti Show[edit]

Main article: The Mariotti Show

In August, 2013, Mariotti launched an internet print and broadcast venture called "The Mariotti Show" on www.mariottishow.com in a distribution deal with Genesis Communications.

The site features the live streaming feed of his national radio show, airing noon to 3 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. It also highlights his columns on major sports topics and events, immediate short-form opinions about sports and life, interviews, video commentaries, a running travelogue and free-flowing audience interaction in a live, continuous format.

Genesis is in partnership with the NBC Sports Radio Network. In addition, a show app is being developed for mobile devices.

Said Mariotti: “We’ll bring the proper balance and make nationwide impact with a compelling mix of daily topicality, strong opinions, professionalism, interaction and, for sure, fun. To combine radio and video with my continuing fascination with sports and commentary is just what I’ve wanted to do in this evolving media era.”


  1. ^ http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/mariotti-joins-examiner-as-sports-director/Content?oid=2922691
  2. ^ http://www.realclearsports.com/lists/Jay_Mariotti/rcs_interviews_jay_mariotti.html
  3. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/person/jay-mariotti
  4. ^ http://unapix.com/biographies/jay-mariotti-biography.html
  5. ^ http://www.adweek.com/tvnewser/cincinnati-reds-pitcher-mario-soto-was-no-fan-of-jay-mariotti/88174
  6. ^ http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/infamous-sports-writer-jay-mariottis-exit
  7. ^ http://www.dailyorange.com/2007/11/newhouse-columnist-mariotti-sounds-off-on-chicago-guillen-costas/
  8. ^ http://www.apnewsarchive.com/1991/The-National-Sports-Daily-To-Fold/id-376f39744ccfd202042a79942ff5ece1
  9. ^ Jay Mariotti Lead Columnist (2009-01-15). "Sunnier Times in New Mainstream Media - FanHouse". Jay-mariotti.fanhouse.com. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  10. ^ a b "ESPN has 'no plans' to use Jay Mariotti on network amid domestic violence charges". Los Angeles Times. September 13, 2010. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  11. ^ Sherman, Ed (2013-02-11). "Mariotti receives ESPN assignment: Working on ‘storytelling’ project". The Sherman Report. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  12. ^ http://www.realclearsports.com/lists/Jay_Mariotti/rcs_interviews_jay_mariotti.html
  13. ^ Jay Mariotti joins AOL Sports as national columnist, taint and fighter, no longer 'scrutinizing the same five teams over and over' Jan. 4, 2009.
  14. ^ "Jay the Rat". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved 2010-04-14. 
  15. ^ "ESPN's Jay Mariotti arrested by L.A. police". Latimesblogs.latimes.com. 2010-08-21. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  16. ^ "Sports commentator Jay Mariotti charged with seven misdemeanors - ESPN Los Angeles". Sports.espn.go.com. 2010-09-14. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  17. ^ "Jay Mariotti Sentenced After Domestic Violence Arrest". The Huffington Post. October 1, 2010. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  18. ^ "L.A. Now". Los Angeles Times. 
  19. ^ "L.A. Now". Los Angeles Times. 

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