Sheldon Spencer

Michael Jeffrey Jordan and I were born about 366 days and 400 miles apart years ago in New York state. Each of us eventually moved to the Carolinas. Each failed to make the cut for a prep team once. Then our paths diverged somewhat. Perhaps you’re familiar with his story. Here’s the short version on me: My love of journalism has taken me to sports writing jobs with the Tacoma News Tribune, The National Sports Daily, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and San Jose Mercury News. I’ve enjoyed an 11-year run with ESPN, including the last four seasons on’s NFL desk. I’ve had chances to interview the likes of Jordan, Mike Tyson after a car chase (long story), Tom Brady, Ryan Leaf, boomerang throwers, one-armed stock-car drivers, and Rose Bowl trophy thieves. I hope to see a day when every issue of The National Sports Daily is readable on a tablet, the Lombardi Trophy returns to Oakland, and Hollywood films a sequel to “The Long Kiss Goodnight.” I’ve flown upside down at the speed of sound and stood at the foot of a bleeding volcano, experiences that might prove useful as I help launch ESPN Front Row. Come along for the ride.
ESPN Music

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ESPN History

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ESPN The Magazine

“My reaction was like a high-pitched, high-speed underwater version of the Ray Lewis dance.”

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He's a mean one, that Mr. Grinch. But why is he bothering Draymond, The Process and JR in a new…

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Stanford's head coach fondly recalls working with the former ESPN MNF analyst, who returns to the Raiders sidelines Sept. 10…
ESPN Music

“A perfect fit”: How ESPN chose a Lenny Kravitz rocker for its NFL Draft promos

Can't get "Are You Gonna Go My Way" out of your head? Here's how ESPN selected that song to help…
Watch This

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In July 2010, Philadelphia Eagles star Nick Foles was an emerging QB at Arizona when he visited ESPN's campus.

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Captured on Campus

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Behind The Scenes

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SportsCenter anchor Stan Verrett relishes his role as host and moderator of The Undefeated Presents: A Conversation With The President,…
Behind The Scenes

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How do you go about setting the on-air look for a televised forum with The President Of The United States?…
Captured on Campus

ESPN’s Hugo Balta, the late Stuart Scott honored at NABJ/NAHJ convention

Hugo Balta, ESPN senior director of multicultural content, was one of four people inducted into the National Association of Hispanic…
Behind The Scenes

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The ESPN Pro Camps at the 2016 NABJ/NAHJ Convention & Career Fair offer a whirlwind mix of career counseling, networking,…