The Sports Reporters
|The Sports Reporters|
|Format||sports talk/ debate|
|Starring||John Saunders with various personalities|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Location(s)||ESPN Studios Bristol, Connecticut|
|Running time||30 min.|
|Original channel||ESPN (1988-)|
|Original run||1988 – Present|
The Sports Reporters is a sports talk show that airs on ESPN at 9:30 a.m. ET every Sunday morning (and replayed at 10:30 a.m. ET the same day on ESPN2). It is broadcast from Bristol, Connecticut at the main ESPN studios. However, before 1999, it was broadcast from a studio in Manhattan. and from 1999-2010 it was recorded at the ESPN Zone at Times Square in Manhattan before it closed. The format of the show is a roundtable discussion among four sports media personalities, with one regular host and three rotating guests. The show began in 1988, patterned to some extent after the successful Chicago-based syndicated show called Sportswriters on TV.
Hosts and panelists
The Sports Reporters was originally hosted by Gary Thorne and later Dick Schaap. The host of the show since the death of Schaap is John Saunders. The first year featured four rotating panelists, but since then there has been three rotating panel members. Regular panelists include Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News, John Feinstein of the Washington Post, Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press, Michael Wilbon also from the Washington Post, Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe, William C. Rhoden of The New York Times, Stephen A. Smith of ESPN, Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Former panelists include Jason Whitlock of ESPN, Christine Brennan of USA Today, Tony Kornheiser of The Washington Post, Mike Downey of the Los Angeles Times, Roy S. Johnson of The New York Times and Sports Illustrated and Bill Conlin of the Philadelphia Daily News. As the show was based in New York City and still takes place nearby, the panelists are usually from the northeastern portion of the United States. For a long time there were no women serving as regular panelists on the show, but in celebration of Title IX one show in 2005 included three female sports journalists. In recent years, Selena Roberts of the New York Times and ESPN's Jemele Hill have made regular appearances on the show.
When Saunders is on assignment, Lupica is usually the designated substitute host. Jeremy Schaap, son of the late host with the same last name, also sometimes guest-hosts.
September 16, 2001
The show was expanded to an hour to cover the sports perspective from the September 11th attacks. It also proved to be Dick Schaap's last show as he underwent surgery and later died from complications. In fact, he delayed the surgery in order to be on that show.