For 23 straight years, ESPN has presented the Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals to a national TV audience, capturing the competition as well as the range of emotions expressed by the young champion spellers.
Before the 90th edition of the National Spelling Bee started today in Washington, D.C., SportsCenter anchor Kevin Negandhi, host and word-by-word commentator for the Spelling Bee telecast, asked his ESPN colleagues to spell some difficult athlete names to test their spelling prowess.
In the video above, SportsCenter anchors Elle Duncan and Jay Harris, NBA analyst Antonio Davis, Outside the Lines host Bob Ley, and NFL Live’s Trey Wingo, put their skills to the test by spelling – or attempting to spell – some of the toughest names in U.S. pro sports.
Jon McLeod produced the video.
Claire Duckworth and Molly Mita contributed to this post.