Bob Ley Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Akinwalere Olaleye
Jan 31, 2024 By Akinwalere Olaleye
Originally Published on Jun 04, 2022
Learn some fun facts about sports host Bob Ley in this article.
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About Bob Ley

Bob Ley is the face of sports media in the United States.

Bob Ley is well-known for his soccer coverage. He hosted the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup coverage.

In addition to his journalistic achievements, Ley became the face of ESPN. He was the lead studio host for ESPN's worldwide tournaments and news telecasts. Following graduation, Ley worked for the New York Cosmos as a public service announcer. In 1979, he started working for ESPN. Ley is ESPN's longest-serving team member as of 2022. As a soccer broadcaster, he is recognized for presenting 'Outside The Lines' and 'SportsCenter'.

Bob Ley is a member of the Seton Hall University Board of Regents. He was awarded the Golden Blazer of Fame in 2013 for his contributions to American soccer. The Men In Blazers honored him with the award.

Bob Ley quickly established himself as a trusted source for ESPN's industry-leading coverage of sports' most critical and occasionally contentious issues. From Olympic doping to steroid usage in major sports, Ley has always been able to deliver issues in a professional, impartial, and intelligent manner.

Bob Ley Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Bob Ley’s net worth?

Bob Ley is a sportscaster from the United States. According to Forbes, he has an estimated net worth of $16 million.

How much does Bob Ley earn per year?

Bob Ley earns around $4 million per year.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Bob Ley?

Bob Ley is 5 ft 6 in (167 cm) tall.

How old is Bob Ley?

Bob Ley is 67 years old as of 2022. He was born on March 16, 1955.

Childhood And Education

Robert A. Ley better known as Bob Ley was born in Newark, New Jersey, on March 16, 1955.

Bob Leyattended Bloomfield High School in Bloomfield, New Jersey. He began his career in broadcasting as a sportscaster and program director at WSOU at Seton Hall University. He interned at WOR-AM in New York City as a production assistant.

Bob Ley graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. He took numerous modest broadcasting gigs after that. He was the public address announcer for the New York Cosmos soccer club. This was before he earned his first major position with ESPN, only three days after the network's inauguration in 1979.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Bob Ley’s partner?

Bob Ley is married to Barbara Ley. The couple has two children together.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For...

Bob Ley worked as the Sports Director at Suburban Cablevision TV3 in East Orange, New Jersey. He worked there from the mid-'70s to the late '80s. He co-hosted the award-winning local sports program 'Time In' with Bruce Beck.

In September 1979, Bob Ley joined ESPN. He presented the inaugural broadcast of the NCAA Selection Show in 1980. However, CBS took over the airing two years later, and Ley began hosting ESPN's investigative show 'Outside The Lines' in 1990.

For most of his ESPN career, Bob Ley presented 'SportsCenter.' In August 2004, Bob Ley co-hosted an 'old school' episode with longtime broadcasting partner Charley Steiner. He was also the lead studio presenter for ESPN's coverage of key international professional soccer competitions. This included the 2010 FIFA World Cup, 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, 2012 UEFA European Championship, and 2016 UEFA European Championship.

Michael Davies and Rog Bennett awarded Ley with the inaugural Men In Blazers Golden Blazer. He received it for lifetime services to American soccer. The Men in Blazers displayed a video of Ley anchoring 'SportsCenter' and showing highlights of the United States men's national soccer team qualifying for the FIFA World Cup in Italy.

In 2014, Bob Ley was recognized as one of the 19 'ESPN Originals'. He had been with the network from the beginning. The honor was given to him in commemoration of ESPN's 35th anniversary as a cable network.

In October 2018, Ley took an extended hiatus from his ESPN hosting duties. Ley announced his retirement from ESPN in June 2019.

What awards has Bob Ley won?

In May 1987, Ley was honored by the Bloomfield Athletic Hall of Fame. He received it for his services to sports journalism. Bob Ley delivered the graduating speech at the University of Hartford's 51st annual commencement event in 2008. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters.

Bob Ley has won the Sports Emmy numerous times for his work in sports journalism. He has received 11 Sports Emmy Awards and seven CableACE Awards. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America honored Ley with the Honorary All-America Award in 1999. He received it for his contributions to the field of soccer.

Other Interesting Bob Ley Facts And Trivia

  • Bob Ley received his arts degree in communications from Seton Hall University.
  • Over the last four decades, Ley was at the anchor desk for practically every significant story for ESPN.
  • Ley is ESPN's longest-serving anchor. He started his career at ESPN in September 1979. He announced his retirement from the cable network in 2019.
  • Bob Ley interviewed four US presidents over his career. They were Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush.

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Written by Akinwalere Olaleye

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

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Akinwalere OlaleyeBachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

As a highly motivated, detail-oriented, and energetic individual, Olaleye's expertise lies in administrative and management operations. With extensive knowledge as an Editor and Communications Analyst, Olaleye excels in editing, writing, and media relations. Her commitment to upholding professional ethics and driving organizational growth sets her apart. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Benin, Edo State. 

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