- Foremost NFL News Breaker Continues Year-Round Multi-Platform Presence
- Extends 13-Year ESPN Tenure; Enters His 33rd Season Covering the NFL
ESPN has reached agreement with senior NFL Insider Adam Schefter to an exclusive multi-year deal, extending one of sports’ most prolific reporter’s tenure with the company. Under the new agreement, Schefter will remain a staple on ESPN’s multiple platforms, breaking and reporting on NFL news year-round, and continue to be a key part of both ESPN’s pregame shows, Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown.
Throughout the year, Schefter will remain on NFL Live, the network’s daily weekday NFL show, and appear regularly on SportsCenter, Get Up, First Take, and more. The veteran insider will also be part of ESPN’s NFL Draft presentation and Super Bowl coverage, in addition to other major NFL events.
Schefter will also contribute to ESPN.com, and develop new opportunities, such as creating content for ESPN+, the company’s direct-to-consumer sports platform.
“The news cycle on the NFL has become a non-stop, year-round enterprise, and no one is more dialed in than Adam,” said Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, ESPN and Sports Content. “Thanks to his tireless work ethic and skill, Adam is constantly delivering the latest information to NFL fans who can’t get enough. He has a profound impact on ESPN shows as well as in the social media space, and we are excited to have him continue to call ESPN home for many years to come.”
Said Schefter, “Covering the most popular sport in the United States for the leading sports media company has been a dream combination. Every day, at each show and event, I am surrounded by the best teammates – producers, directors, researchers, production staff, and so many more – who elevate everyone around them. I love my job, feel blessed to continue and thank ESPN and Jimmy Pitaro for their consistent faith in me.”
Separately, ESPN also announced a long-term extension with Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski.
Schefter is entering his 13th season with ESPN, having begun with the network in 2009. Overall, he has covered the NFL for more than 30 years, starting in 1990 as a beat writer covering the Denver Broncos, first with Rocky Mountain News and then the Denver Post. He was named Colorado Sports Writer of the Year twice (2002 and 2003) and served as the President of the Pro Football Writers of America (2001-02). Schefter joined the NFL Network in its first full year, 2004, contributing to multiple shows and NFL.com. He remained with the network until he was hired by ESPN.
Outside of NFL reporting, Schefter is an accomplished author, having written five books. His most recent, The Man I Never Met: A Memoir, co-written with Sports Illustrated’s Michael Rosenberg, is a powerful story of loss and hope, centered around his family and the memory of his wife Sharri’s first husband, Joe Maio, who died in the September 11 terror attacks in New York City.
Schefter’s additional books include Romo: My Life on the Edge Living Dreams and Slaying Dragons with Broncos linebacker Bill Romanowski; TD: Dreams in Motion with Super Bowl MVP Terrell Davis; Think Like A Champion: Building Success One Victory at a Time with Super Bowl Champion head coach Mike Shanahan; and The Class of Football: Words of Hard-Earned Wisdom from Legends of the Gridiron.
Schefter is involved in a variety of philanthropic work including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), helping to raise funds and awareness for diabetes, as his wife, Sharri, is a Type 1 diabetic. This year, Barrett Sports Media honored Schefter with its Champion’s Award, given each year to someone that has gone above and beyond to make a difference for others.
He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1989 and earned his master’s degree at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 1990.
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