Jeremy Schaap has been a full-timer at ESPN since 1994, and he’s not going anywhere soon. The sports giant said today that it has signed the reporter-commentator to a long-term contract extension. Terms were not announced.
Schaap, he of the measured delivery, will continue to work on ESPN’s newsmagazine E:60, host ESPN Radio’s The Sporting Life and contribute to Outside The Lines, SportsCenter, NFL Countdown and College GameDay, among other ESPN platforms. He also will continue to cover select live events, including the FIFA World Cup, and lead ESPN’s coverage at the Olympics.
An hourlong spinoff show titled E:60 Reports With Jeremy Schaap debuted in 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. Blatter later announced that he will step down.
“At ESPN, and in particular for the last eight years at E:60, I have been encouraged to pursue stories that transcend sports, that sometimes are only tangentially about sports but that speak to larger issues,” said Schaap, who has won nine national Sports Emmys. “I will continue to seek out those kinds of stories, working with the best producers, editors and camera crews on the planet — and that’s all anyone in this business can ask for.”
Schaap’s father, acclaimed sports journalist Dick Schaap, worked at ESPN from 1988 until his death in 2001. He was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame in June.