ESPN has extended its deal with a familiar on-air personality. The sports network today announced an extension with senior news correspondent Jeremy Schaap.
A nine-time winner of national Sports Emmy Awards, Schaap has been a part of ESPN’s “E:60,” “SportsCenter” and “Outside the Lines,” among other programs. The veteran sports journalist is also a contributor to “Nightline” and ABC’s ‘World News Tonight,” and his writing has been featured in Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine, Time, The Wall Street Journal and other publications.
Schaap, who joined ESPN full time in 1994, is also heard on ESPN Radio. The contract extension was announced by John Wildhack, ESPN executive vice president, production and programming.
Schaap is currently reporting from the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
In its announcement, ESPN notes: “A new one-hour branded show titled ‘E:60 Reports with Jeremy Schaap’ debuted this May with an investigation of Sepp Blatter and FIFA. Two weeks later, the U.S. Justice Department announced that it had indicted more than a dozen soccer executives and several of FIFA’s highest-ranking officials were arrested in Switzerland. On June 2, Blatter held a press conference to announce that he would be stepping down.”
Said Schaap: “ESPN has been my home for more than 20 years, and before that my father Dick Schaap did so much remarkable work here. I couldn’t be more pleased to know that my colleagues — so many of whom are like family — are stuck with me for many more years.”
ESPN notes in its announcement: “Schaap’s father Dick Schaap began working at ESPN in 1988 hosting ‘The Sports Reporters,’ and in later years he also hosted ‘Schaap One on One’ and, with Jeremy, ‘The Sporting Life.’ He worked at ESPN until his passing in 2001.”