Vice President, Production and Monday Night Football Producer
Jay Rothman is a vice president in ESPN’s production department and lead producer of ESPN’s Monday Night Football. He joined ESPN full-time in May 1988.
Rothman launched MNF on ESPN in 2006 and has helped sports television’s signature series achieve overwhelming success for more than a decade. The most-watched series in cable television history, MNF annually ranks among the cable industry’s highest-rated and most-viewed programs, while regularly winning the night on Mondays. From a creative standpoint, the program is consistently nominated for the Sports Emmy in the Outstanding Live Sports Series category. Rothman has also continued MNF’s legacy of innovation with the introduction of numerous production enhancements, including virtual graphics, pylon cameras and more.
Before assuming his current MNF role, Rothman produced ESPN’s Sunday Night Football for five seasons (2001-05). He also produced the network’s annual NFL Draft telecast (1995-2013) for almost two decades.
Beyond MNF, Rothman was the driving force behind the groundbreaking Gruden’s QB Camp prime time shows, which were part of ESPN’s pre-draft coverage for nearly a decade (2010-17). The in-depth, one-on-one interviews and film sessions featured former MNF analyst Jon Gruden mentoring 60 top quarterback prospects – among them Andrew Luck, Cam Newton and Russell Wilson – over the course of eight seasons. The shows generated 145 hours of original content across five networks and digital platforms, and their success led to similar specials, including a Gruden’s Champ Camp special with New Orleans Saints Super Bowl winners Drew Brees and Sean Payton in 2010 and a SportsCenter Special with Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre in 2016.
Rothman’s role also included oversight of ESPN’s Major League Baseball coverage from 2015-16.
Prior to ESPN, Rothman was a producer for ABC Sports’ college football broadcasts (1997-2000) where he was involved in regular-season coverage, in addition to the Rose, Fiesta and Orange Bowls. In all, he produced three National Championship games for ABC.
Rothman, who continued to produce ESPN events while at ABC Sports, has produced a variety of top sporting events: the X Games (1995-99), the 1994 FIFA World Cup and numerous college football and basketball telecasts, including Big Monday. He also produced 12 Big East Tournaments, ACC Basketball Tournaments, the NCAA College World Series and more.
Rothman originally joined ESPN as an associate producer in November 1987. In 1990, he was promoted to studio producer, a position he held for one year before moving to the remote production department. From 1984 to 1987, Rothman was a graphics coordinator for CBS Sports, NBC Sports and Turner Broadcasting.
A native of Mt. Kisco, NY, Rothman received a bachelor of science in journalism from the University of Colorado in 1984.