Senior Correspondent; “Hang Time” Host
Sam Alipour is an ESPN Senior Correspondent and Host of “Hang Time,” ESPN’s popular multiplatform franchise that touches SportsCenter, ESPN The Magazine and other outlets.
In “Hang Time,” Alipour is granted unique access to and revealing interviews with the biggest names in sports as they partake in their hobbies and realize their off-field dreams. The “Hang Time” television feature appears on SportsCenter and other programs, the written version appears in ESPN The Magazine, and all content can be found on ESPN.com, the ESPN App and ESPN social channels.
Alipour’s guests for “Hang Time” have come from the NBA, NFL, boxing, auto racing and more. His notable adventures include shark diving with Rob Gronkowski, touring Tokyo with Draymond Green, chicken farming with Von Miller, camping with Jimmy Butler, Disneyland with Kristaps Porzingis, wine bathing with Amar’e Stoudemire, and cryo-therapy with two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry.
Upon joining ESPN in 2006 as a contributor, Alipour served as an entertainment reporter and columnist for The Magazine and ESPN.com. His roles would grow to include features writer, news reporter, digital video and podcast host, and on-air commentator.
As a writer for The Magazine, Alipour has authored memorable cover stories on newsmakers like Russell Westbrook, Marshawn Lynch, Chris Paul and Kendrick Lamar, as well as high-profile features on topics like sexual activity inside the Olympic Village, digital-dating in pro sports, recreational drug use in college football, and sports-diplomacy in the Middle East, which was cited in the “Best American Sports Writing” anthology.
In 2013, Alipour became a Senior Writer for The Magazine and reporter for SportsCenter with on-air roles that included NBA Playoffs correspondent and appearances on a variety of other ESPN programs, including NBA Countdown, NFL Live, and OTL.
Prior to reinventing himself as a journalist, Alipour worked in film/TV development and production. He began his professional career at the age of 16 as an actor.
A native of Tehran, Iran, Alipour immigrated to the United States as a child, eventually settling with his family in the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated magna cum laude with Honors from UCLA and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Media Communication. Alipour resides in Los Angeles.