Bob Ley announces his retirement after 40 years with ESPN

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Bob Ley is an American sports anchor and reporter for ESPN. A multiple Emmy Award-winner, he is the longest-tenured on-air employee of the network, having joined ESPN just three days after the network’s 1979 launch

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

Ley hosts ESPN’s investigative program Outside the Lines, which he has hosted since its inception in 1990. He has hosted SportsCenter for much of his career at ESPN, and on August 9, 2004, he hosted an “old school” edition with longtime broadcasting partner Charley Steiner.


He is the primary studio host for ESPN’s telecasts of major international professional soccer tournaments, including the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the 2012 UEFA European Championship and the 2016 UEFA European Championship.

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 for lifetime services to American soccer.

During the presentation of the Golden Blazer Jacket, the Men in Blazers showed footage of Ley’s anchoring of Sports Center 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.

bob ley took to his twitter account to announce his retirement at the end of the month after 40 years as he extends his gratitude towards his viewers and colleagues

Many have reacted towards his announcement of which includes Dick Vitale, Tom Gelehrter, Travis eldridge etc as they all took their time to wish him well on twitter

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