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‘We gave people their voice and that’s what I’m most proud of’

Outside the Lines producer Robbin Dunn looks forward to the show's one-hour, weekly return this Saturday

OTL producer Robbin Dunn (L) and former OTL host Bob Ley. This photo was taken in 2019. (Robbin Dunn/ESPN)

This Saturday, Outside the Lines returns to its weekly hour-long format at 9 a.m. ET. OTL – which will also continue to air daily segments on SportsCenter – will be led by producer Robbin Dunn, who has been a key member of the OTL team since 2008 and also works on E:60.

“Having an hour show, we can really dig into OTL kind of stories to get people interested in what’s happening behind the headlines and highlights,” said Dunn. “Also, it gives us a chance to be able to dive in and talk to our guests and newsmakers more and show their personalities.”

The Saturday show will be hosted by Jeremy Schaap, who will also continue hosting the daily OTL on SportsCenter segments several days a week. Schaap will be joined regularly by a panel of guests, including ESPN legal analyst and reporter Ryan Smith – who will also continue hosting the OTL on SportsCenter segments – and many others. Each show will also feature the popular “Parting Shots” segments, examples of which are seen in the tweets below.

On the plans for the weekly show, Dunn added, “We’re taking a look at some of the biggest stories and things that people may not know too much about, but would like to hear more about. We also have investigative pieces working with the investigative and enterprise units. We’re always looking for other things that we can bring to the table.

Dunn moved to OTL after joining ESPN in 1998 and working on ESPNEWS.

Dunn’s first memory on OTL?

“. . . I’m working with Bob Ley [original host], and I’m scared to death. It was just because he has this gravitas, and it’s Bob Ley! But once you got to know him and realize he’s human and just smarter than most of us, it was fine,” Dunn said. “I mean, he’s probably one of the nicest people.” (Ley retired from ESPN in 2019).

What to Watch For During Saturday’s Show

  • Ryan Smith on allegations of racial bias in the NFL concussion settlement
  • 30th anniversary of Whitney Houston’s iconic national anthem performance
  • Excerpt from the Sunday E:60 hour-long special on Dale Earnhardt

Dunn has led some of OTL’s most impactful journalism. Reflecting on the many examples, she recalled, “That’s what I love about OTL; we’re not afraid to tackle sensitive issues or controversial ones. We gave people their voice, and that’s what I’m most proud of.”

Andy Tennant, executive producer, OTL says of Dunn: “If Bob Ley was the face of OTL, Robbin Dunn has been its heart and soul. Robbin is someone who does it all and is the hardest-working person I know. She has intense passion and a tireless devotion to the brand and leadership, editorial, and content judgment, and she is a mentor. And above all, she is one of the best people you will ever meet.”

Robbin Dunn has been a key member of the OTL team since 2008. (Robbin Dunn/ESPN)
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