If you’re a sports fan, ESPN has been your bible for the past decades due to their phenomenal coverage on numerous sports with their fantastic analytical and reporting staffs. Unfortunately, a great mind within the company stepped down today after spending 40 years with the famous sports network.
New Jersey’s own Bob Ley announced his retirement via Twitter this morning. In a post that featured a number of personal reasons for his retirement, Ley said, “Now it is time for change. I will be retiring from ESPN, as of the end of the month.”
Ley got his life started in the #GardenState after growing up and going to school in Bloomfield, NJ. He stuck to his Jersey roots by embarking on a career sports broadcasting career at Seton Hall University.
After becoming a program director at “Seton Hall’s Pirate Radio”, Ley was able to land a position at ESPN just three days into the network’s existence. Ley was also gracious enough to come back to New Jersey for The Seton Hall University Baccalaureate Commencement Ceremony and deliver the university’s commencement address on May 20.
Along with becoming the longest-tenured employee at ESPN, Ley also helped host Outside the Lines an investigative program, provided important coverage on the 1990 United States men’s national soccer team and won a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Studio Host over his incredible broadcasting career.
Congratulations to Bob Ley for an amazing career within sports broadcasting and we hope he has a relaxing retirement!