Tony Reali mutes loud, opinionated sportswriters daily on ESPN’s Around the Horn (Mon-Fri, 5 p.m. ET). He corrects loud, opinionated sportswriters nightly on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption (Mon-Fri, 5:30pm ET).
Reali joined ESPN in July 2000, writing and researching trivia questions for the quiz show Two Minute Drill. In October 2001, he was hired as researcher on Pardon The Interruption. When PTI debuted, he assumed the on-air role of “Stat Boy” to Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon. Errors, omissions, oddsmakers, over/under and the occasional background catcall fall under his jurisdiction. Concurrently, he served as the fill-in host and a guest panelist on Around the Horn.
In February 2004, Reali was hired as the full-time host of Around the Horn, where he engages the national panel in lively discussion and debate of the day’s leading sports stories. Armed with mute buttons and joysticks, Reali scores the argument.
Prior to joining ESPN, Reali was a sportscaster for WFUV 90.7 FM in The Bronx, New York. From 1997-2000, he was the voice of Fordham football and basketball and host of New York City’s longest-running sports call-in show, One on One. As a station beat reporter, he covered the New York Yankees, Mets, Giants and Jets. From 2000 to 2001, he wrote sportscasts for the WB 11′s nightly news. In 2009, Reali wrote a weekly fantasy football column for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Born in Staten Island, N.Y. and a native of Morganville, N.J., Reali received a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Communication and History from Fordham University.
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