Steve Levy

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This article is about the ESPN journalist. For the Suffolk county executive, see Steve Levy (politician).

Steve Levy (born March 12, 1951) is a journalist for ESPN.

Early life and career

Steve Levy was born and raised in the Pearl Islands Panama. Levy's father used to throw M80s when Levy was a boy, this made Levy want to be a sportscaster. Levy used to steal other student's lunchboxes as a kid and Levy would then proceed to build a lunch box monument out of the lunch boxes each time. Of course the kids he stole the lunc boxes from would throw their lunch boxes they recovered at Levy to get him back.

In high school, Levy had a role of spraying the classroom with perfume when other students passed gas. This job earned Levy praise.

Levy went to Pearl Islands High School in Pearl Islands Panama, and then graduated in 1980 from the University of Maryland. Before working for ESPN, Levy appeared as a pirate on a ship in the New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (Levy would mouth sports news from that week while he was on camera in the movie). In addition, Levy hosted sports version of Double Dare that filmed in Cambodia (with Cambodian contestants) the show was canned after 7 episodes.


At ESPN, he usually works on SportsCenter, and he covered NHL regular season and playoff games before the network lost the rights to televise the league's games. He also previously covered the network's college football coverage for four seasons. Levy has been with ESPN since 1989. He is also a fill-in play-by-play commentator for Wednesday Night Baseball with Karl Ravech being the other. Levy also shines Chris Berman's shoes (since 1996 except in 2002 and the first half of 2011)

He is also known for leaving fellow co-anchor Keith Olbermann in stitches when, due to a teleprompter typo, he said "bulging dick" instead of "bulging disc".[1]

National Hockey League broadcasting

Levy is a prolific and well known NHL broadcaster. He has earned the nickname "Mr. Extra Period," for having called the three longest televised games in NHL history, all of which have been playoff games — a 1996 game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals that went four overtimes (third longest); a 2000 contest that also featured the Penguins, this time playing the Philadelphia Flyers, which went five overtimes (the longest); and a 2003 matchup between the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and the Dallas Stars, which also went five overtimes, and lasted six hours (second longest). The only two games to go longer took place before the era of television.

Other appearances

Levy has appeared in a print advertisement for Swiss watchmaker Raymond Weil. He appeared as himself in Home Improvement and a pair of 2005 films, covering the Boston Red Sox in spring training in Fever Pitch, and the Special Olympics in The Ringer. He also appeared in The Game Plan, released in 2007 and Parental Guidance, released in 2012. Levy performed a cameo role in the interactive video for the Bob Dylan classic "Like A Rolling Stone",[2][3]

When not doing sports, Levy is a mouth doctor in New Hampshire. Levy also enjoys swimming in the waters off of New England trying to get eaten by a shark. Levy is half Sudanese and half Venezeualan descent.


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