Vice President, Production
Jay Rothman is a vice president in ESPN’s production department and one of the industry’s most accomplished producers. Rothman was lead producer of Monday Night Football for 14 seasons. He also produced the network’s annual NFL Draft telecast for almost two decades and was responsible for the groundbreaking Gruden’s QB Camp series.
Rothman is a member of ESPN’s college football production senior management team. He also produces special events like the SportsCenter Special: Return of Sports, which featured the top professional team sports league commissioners, and the Monday Night Football “MegaCast” of the Saints-Raiders game in 2020. In addition, Rothman oversees the company’s directors unit.
Rothman helped launch Monday Night Football on ESPN in 2006 and produced the weekly primetime NFL game for 14 seasons, moving into a new role in 2020. Under his direction, the series achieved overwhelming success, becoming the most-watched series in cable television history. MNF was also consistently nominated for the Sports Emmy in the Outstanding Live Sports Series category.
Before assuming the production reins of MNF, Rothman produced ESPN’s Sunday Night Football for five seasons (2001-05) after rejoining ESPN on a full-time basis in January 2001.
Beyond producing games, Rothman was the driving force behind the Gruden’s QB Camp primetime series, a staple of ESPN’s annual pre-NFL Draft coverage from 2009-17. The in-depth, one-on-one interviews and film sessions featured then-MNF analyst Jon Gruden mentoring top quarterback prospects such as eventual stars Patrick Mahomes, Cam Newton, Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson.
The success of QB Camp under Rothman led to a Gruden’s Champ Camp special with Saints Super Bowl winners Drew Brees and Sean Payton in 2010, as well as the SportsCenter Special: Seahawks Training Camp show in 2014, which offered a live real-time look at an NFL team practice with the Super Bowl champions.
Prior to joining 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: NFL Draft (1995-2011), X Games (1995-99) and the 1994 FIFA World Cup, plus numerous college basketball and football telecasts. He oversaw production of ESPN’s Arena Football League game telecasts in 2007 and 2008, and also produced ESPN’s coverage of the MLB Expansion Draft (1992), the ACC Basketball Tournament (1992-93), NCAA College World Series (1989-91) and more.
Rothman originally joined ESPN as an associate producer in November 1987 – and on a full-time basis in May 1988. 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.
During 29 of his years as a producer, Rothman worked on football alongside legendary director Chip Dean, a span that is unmatched among other producer-director duos. Among the most innovative and talented production teams in the industry, their partnership resulted in ESPN’s Sunday Night Football being recognized in 2004 with sports television’s highest honor, the Emmy in the Live Series category.
A native of Mt. Kisco, NY, Rothman received a bachelor of science in journalism from the University of Colorado in 1984.