By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
ESPN broadcaster Bob Ley announced his retirement from the company on Wednesday. He was with the brand for nearly 40-years.
He was last seen on ESPN television when he hosted Outside the Line. Since he took a sabbatical, the show has had several hosts, but mainly by Ryan Smith.
“Across 40 years, I have enjoyed a professional journey unimaginable when I joined ESPN on its first weekend of existence in 1979. Each day since has been a unique adventure, one I embraced for the challenge and unequaled fun for a job like no other,” Ley said. “Now, it is time for [a] change. I will be retiring from ESPN, as of the end of this month. To be clear, this is entirely my decision. I enjoy the best of health, and the many blessings of friends and family, and it is in that context that I’m making this change.
“To Jimmy Pitaro and his senior leadership team, my sincere personal thanks for their understanding and patience over the past months. Through the decades, and my innumerable experiences at ESPN, I have built many deep and fulfilling friendships. You know who you are. I hope you also know how much you mean to me. We have shared an American story unlike any other. And we will continue to do so in the years ahead.”
The 64-year-old attended Bloomfield High School graduated from Seton Hall in 1976. He was the longest on-air employee of ESPN.
He began his career as a sportscaster at WSOU at Seton Hall. He also interned with WOR-AM as a production staffer.
Following his degree, he worked several broadcasting jobs before landing at ESPN.
“I have been gifted by our viewers and consumers with a precious commodity — your trust,” he said. “To be invited into your homes was a privilege I never took for granted, one I worked each day to uphold. Thank you for that.
“In September, I signed off my last show saying, ‘I’ll catch you on the flip side.’ Now it’s time to take that vinyl off the turntable (ask your folks), flip it over, and drop the needle on the B-side. There are always great cuts, and hidden gems on the B-side. Thank you for a great run.”
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