Since 1996, Jeremy Schaap has worked as an ESPN reporter in a number of capacities. He is an E:60 journalist, ESPN Radio‘s The Sporting Life anchor, and a frequent contributor to Outside the Lines, NFL Countdown, and College Gameday. His reporting, interviews, and commentary may be found on SportsCenter on a regular basis.
Schaap has received eight national Sports Emmy Awards as well as several other distinctions for his work, including two national Edward R. Murrow Awards in 2012 and 2014, as well as a National Headliner Award in 2007. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Cinderella Man and Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics.
Schaap’S most well-known ESPN stories include a Bobby Fischer profile that earned him a national Sports Emmy Award for writing, an award named after his father Dick Schaap, and an investigation that took him to Serbia in search of a basketball player accused of a brutal assault that earned him a national Sports Emmy Award for journalism. Schaap was also the first to interview Bob Knight when he was sacked by Indiana University in 2000. According to Phil Mushnick of the New York Post, the contentious interview was “a slam dunk… one that should be kept in the annals of sports broadcast journalism.” Schaap was also the one who did the initial interviews with Darryl Strawberry and the New York Yankees.
Inspiring Talks by Jeremy Schaap
- “Snyder was a progressive. Unlike Avery Brundage of the AOC and Dean Cromwell of USC, he was far from sympathetic to the Nazi cause. But his first loyalty was to Jesse Owens. He thought that if Owens got the chance to compete, he would win every event he entered.”
- “It’s unlikely that you realize how much of your life you’ve spent enjoying the excellence of Bob Fishman. A legend of the industry.”
- “As we watch PeacocksMBB try to get past Purdue and into the Elite Eight, a friendly reminder that Doug Edert won’t eat sandwiches.”
- “It was Damon Runyon who dubbed Braddock the Cinderella Man—and I think that was the first time the Cinderella story and sports overachievers were connected.“
- “The birth of the promotion of the modern sport. First million-dollar gate–and it far exceeded that sum. An estimated crowd of 92,000 people was in the stadium. The first widely broadcast sports event, ever. Right there in Jersey City.”
- “I got a cameo in Politi’s column. No higher honor.”
- “This is perfect–because yesterday Doug Edert told us he has never and will never eat a sandwich. Hates sandwiches. Seriously.”
- “It’s ironic–because I had a great sandwich yesterday in Jersey City, from Salumeria Ercolano.”
- “The indispensable Jimmy Breslin died 5 years ago. He was my dad’s first boss–at the Nassau Daily Review-Star–and for 50 years they were best friends. My dad used to say, “A 20-year-old editor and a 15-year-old reporter. You can imagine how good a newspaper it was.”
- “My heart goes out to the Ukrainian people, my teammates, coaches, city, and I pray for the best outcome.”