With two of the richest histories in all of journalism, there is no question that Bob Ley and Jeremy Schaap deserve to have a studio of their own where they can tell the greatest stories in sports.
Now, for the first time in their careers, Ley and Schaap will debut the new weekly E:60 and daily Outside the Lines in a studio built just for them located in ESPN’s Digital Center 2. Studio Z has already been deemed the “home of storytelling.”
“I don’t think I quite understood just how much Bob Ley loves shiny new studios. He is a connoisseur, I found out, not only of fine red wines,” Schaap said. “Our new studio, Z, is amazing and Bob couldn’t be more excited if the E-Street Band were in there every day performing the Outside the Lines theme song. I love the studio, too, but Bob is a true believer.”
In addition to a shiny new studio for both shows, this will be the first time that E:60 has a regular weekly spot on ESPN.
“This is huge. Moving E:60 to a weekly schedule represents an enormous investment in journalism and storytelling. I know everybody working for E:60 and Outside the Lines understands just how significant this is,” Schaap said. “Essentially we’ve been told, we like what you guys have been doing for all these years, now give us more, a lot more.”
Outside the Lines will air Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN and E:60 will air every Sunday morning at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN.
“The run-up to the show has been extremely, extremely time consuming — but it’s worth it,” Ley said.
And yet somehow in the middle of all of their rehearsing they managed to take a quick trip to the Big Apple for a mini-press tour to share the news before presenting at Tuesday night’s Sports Emmys on Tuesday night. It included a stop at SiriusXM and a visit with Mad Dog Sports Radio’s Chris Russo.
“As a New Yorker, it’s kind of hard not to enjoy sitting in the studio with Chris Russo as he fires questions from unusual angles at you. Bob and I walked out of Mad Dog’s Sirius studio and I think we both marveled at the pure adrenaline output,” he said. “Naturally, I also enjoyed interviewing Bob for my radio show. We go down some blind alleys, which makes it an adventure. It reminded me of the years when I co-hosted a show with my father and we talked about things mostly only the two of us were interested in. It was a great show.”
It’s evident that Schaap and Ley genuinely enjoy spending time together and sharing some of the greatest stories. This Sunday their new adventure together begins at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN.
“The hardest part of our jobs in some ways has been deciding which stories we couldn’t do, because we didn’t have anywhere to put them,” Schaap said. “Now we do.”