Jay Mariotti is one of America’s prominent sports commentators, known for his award-winning journalism, challenging opinions and passionate approach to sportscasting and sportswriting on all media platforms. He has covered every major sports event nationally and worldwide on numerous occasions, including 14 Olympic Games and 25 Super Bowls, and has closely chronicled all the major newsmakers and issues of his time.
His most visible work includes eight years as a regular daily panelist on ESPN’s TV debate show, “Around The Horn,” and 17 years as Chicago’s dominant sports columnist. Later, he had a successful run as sports director and columnist at the San Francisco Examiner, where he won 2016 praise for column writing in the California Newspaper Publishers Association contest.
He also has written a book about his life and career, “The System,” published by Amazon. And he became one of the first sports commentators to develop multimedia content — daily radio show, full-length columns, topical videos and podcasts — for a national independent website in 2013-14. “The System” in part chronicles a court case involving false allegations that were dismissed and expunged by a Superior Court in Los Angeles, meaning Mariotti was not convicted. A 2012 civil case against Mariotti failed and was dropped.
In the media profession, Mariotti is regarded for his wide range of topicality and myriad experiences. He could be commenting one minute on the NFL’s morality crises, the next on why greedy sports leagues and TV networks are gouging viewers and jeopardizing the industry long-term, the next on why Lambeau Field is the best venue in American sports, the next on why Steph Curry and J.J. Watt are the new American dreams, the next on why we should pay more attention to the Iditarod. It’s vital to have independent voices who aren’t stifled by institutional filters. Mariotti fills the void, recognizing that sports has taken complex and unprecedented turns and why the need for robust, serious commentary and investigative reporting is stronger than ever. Sports should be covered by commentators who are editorially and financially detached from the big mechanism, respectful that the fan also is a consumer who invests his passions, his mind, his time … and his wallet. Mariotti never has forgotten that.
On his personal website, he showcases his recent columns and radio work and corrects fabrications published about him.