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Bob Ley
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Ley in 2010.
Born (1955-03-16) March 16, 1955 (age 67)
EducationSeton Hall University, '76
B.A. Communications
TitleOutside the Lines host, SportsCenter anchor, soccer broadcaster

Bob Ley (pron.: /ˈl/; born March 16, 1955) is a sportscaster for ESPN. He, along with Chris Berman, is one of only two original SportsCenter anchors still with the network.


Ley grew up in Bloomfield, New Jersey, where he attended Bloomfield High School.[1][2] He got his start in broadcasting at WSOU at Seton Hall University. 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 the ESPN in 1979.

In 1980, Bob 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, 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]

Ley currently serves on the Board of Regents for Seton Hall University.[6]


  • 1987 - Bloomfield High School Athletic Hall of Fame
  • 1995 - Northeastern University Center for Study of Sport and Society and School of Journalism Excellence in Sports Journalism Award
  • WSOU-FM Hall of Fame Member
  • Eight Sports Emmy Awards for Sports Journalism
  • Three CableACE Awards for Sports Information Series
  • Four CableACE Awards (with Suburban Cablevision, East Orange, New Jersey)
  • 2008 - Commencement Speaker for the University of Hartford (West Hartford, CT)


  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.

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