SportsCenter Anchor and College Football Play-by-Play Commentator
Steve Levy is one of ESPN’s longest-running SportsCenter anchors, having joined the network in August 1993. He is most often seen on the 11 p.m. ET edition or other late-night shows, as well as on the SportsCenter program on the ESPN App. In addition to his SportsCenter duties, in 2016, Levy returned to the college football play-by-play booth to work a weekly ABC/ESPN afternoon game.
Levy has hosted SportsCenter from many of the biggest events in sports, including the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, Final Four, College Football Playoff and more. He and ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose have covered the Stanley Cup Finals for ESPN every year since 1995.
Along the way, he has also handled play-by-play on the NHL (1995 – 2005) on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC Sports, college football on ESPN2 (1999 – 2002) and the NCAA Division I men’s hockey semifinals and finals – “The Frozen Four” – in 1998 and ‘99. The versatile Levy has also served as the studio host for ESPN’s NHL telecasts and co-hosted The NFL on ESPN Radio — previewing, reviewing and updating National Football League games all day on Sundays throughout the season. He and Melrose teamed to call ESPN’s telecasts of the World Cup of Hockey in 2016.
Levy worked the three longest televised NHL playoff games in history – the five-overtime game between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia in May 2000 on ESPN, the five-OT thriller between Anaheim and Dallas in April 2003 on ESPN and the four-overtime contest between Pittsburgh and Washington on ESPN2 in April 1996.
Prior to joining ESPN, Levy’s television experience included working at WCBS-TV in New York as a sports anchor/reporter (1992-93) and hosting Sports Desk on the Madison Square Garden Network (1989).
Levy’s radio experience includes serving as a weekend sports reporter and host of The NFL In Action and various call-in programs at WFAN-AM in New York (1986-93). He also produced and hosted a nationally syndicated pre-game show on the NHL Radio Network (1988-89), and hosted intermission updates for the New York Rangers’ and Knicks’ games and filled in as a host for SportsNight at WNBC-AM in New York (1987-88). He was also a part-time reporter for various sports events at WABC-AM (1987).
Levy began his television career at WTOP-TV in 1983 while an undergraduate at SUNY at Oswego. He worked at the station during his four years at Oswego State and was sports director there for two years (1986-87). Levy also called play-by-play for Oswego State’s hockey team on WOCR-Radio.
In 1997, he received the first-ever “G.O.L.D Award” from Oswego State, which honors an outstanding graduate of the last decade who has achieved prominence in his career. The school also honored Levy and expressed thanks for a donation in 2006 when they named the press box in the school’s hockey arena after him.
Levy has had cameo appearances in six movies, starting in 1999 when he played himself in Mystery, Alaska, a story about a small town hockey team’s big game against the New York Rangers. He has also appeared in Fever Pitch, The Ringer, The Game Plan, Tooth Fairy and Parental Guidance. In Spring 2013 he shot scenes for Grudge Match, featuring Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro, and Million Dollar Arm, with John Hamm.
Starting in January 2004, for two years he and Melrose were part-owners of the Adirondack Frostbite of the United Hockey League.
Levy is a graduate of Oswego State with a Bachelor of Science degree in communications with a concentration in broadcasting. He lives in Connecticut with his three children.
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