Jim Gaiero joined ESPN upon his graduation from college in 1995 and now serves as the producer for ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot, and also produces college football and basketball games for ESPN. In 2018, he was recognized by the Sports Business Journal as one of the Top Sports Producers in the Business.
In addition to his role in college sports, he also serves as the lead producer for the company’s Verizon IndyCar Series race telecasts on ABC. Gaiero is responsible for the overall look and feel of the telecasts, working side-by-side with the director in the ESPN production trailer at the racetracks.
He previously worked as lead producer of ESPN’s NASCAR race telecasts through 2014. He was involved in ESPN’s coverage of NASCAR from 2007-2014, first as producer of highlights, flashbacks and replays and then as pit producer. He began producing selected NASCAR Nationwide Series race telecasts in 2010 and produced most of the network’s telecasts for that series in 2011 and 2012. He also produced some NASCAR Sprint Cup telecasts and IndyCar Series races.
He also has worked as a remote graphic playback producer and produced college basketball games for ESPN and ESPNU.
When he started at ESPN, Gaiero worked as a clips production assistant on Baseball Tonight, and then from 1996-1998 was a studio production assistant, preparing highlights, teases, bumps and features for SportsCenter, College GameDay and Baseball Tonight. He was promoted to associate producer for studio and worked on features for Outside the Lines, SportsCenter and College GameDay from 1998-2002, then as associate producer for event production and produced features and teases for X Games, Winter X and the NFL Draft. He also produced graphics for college football, Great Outdoor Games, Bassmaster Classic and X Games.
He won a Sports Emmy in 2004 for “Outstanding Live Event Turnaround” while working on the Winter X Games. He is a graduate of Syracuse University.