Robert A. Ley (born March 16, 1955) is an American sports anchor and reporter for ESPN….who is a multiple Emmy Award-winner….and he is the longest tenured on-air employee of the network….after having joined ESPN just three days after the network’s 1979 launch.
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….as seen in this video herewith where he brings the viewing public up to date on all the scores and highlights during a nightly telecast of SportsCenter during the 1984 MLB season. He is alsonthe 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.
On September 7, 2014, in recognition of ESPN’s 35th anniversary as a cable network….Bob Ley was honored as one of 19 “ESPN Originals”…..as employees who have been with the network from the beginning.….and he began taking a six-month sabbatical from his ESPN hosting duties effective October 1, 2018…..but any way you cut the pie….Bob Ley is a legend in the world of sports.