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Jay Mariotti
Born 1959 (age 50–51)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Occupation Sportswriter and Broadcaster
Nationality American

Jay Mariotti (pronounced /mɛriˈɒti/; born 1959) is a national columnist for[1] and a regular panelist on the ESPN talk show Around the Horn.


Life and career

Mariotti was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Ohio University. He is a regular panelist on Around the Horn and has guest hosted Pardon the Interruption.[2] Prior to his work with ESPN, he co-hosted a daily sports talk radio program on One on One Sports/Sporting News Radio.

Mariotti made his writing debut for AOL Sports (now FanHouse) on January 5, 2009 where he shares his views about sports and sports personalities.[3]

Sun-Times Resignation

On August 26, 2008, Mariotti announced that he was resigning from the Chicago Sun-Times after writing for them for 17 years. He stated his choice was heavily weighted on the fact that while covering the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing that he saw more writers for websites covering the Games and a smaller presence of newspapers, giving him the opinion that writing for a website was "what the future holds."[4]

Chicago Tribune

On August 10, 2009, reported that Mariotti would be returning to Chicago media with the Chicago Tribune on September 1. According to Sports By Brooks editor Brooks Melchior, Mariotti will maintain his duties at ESPN while penning several Tribune columns per week.[5] Both the Tribune and Mariotti called the report "untrue" on the record, calling Brooks' unsourced reporting into question.


At Soxfest in early 2004, Chicago White Sox broadcaster "the Hawk" Ken Harrelson called Marriotti "the biggest sports fraud", adding that he had never seen him in the White Sox club house.[6] Trading barbs through the media, the two were eventually involved in a physical altercation in July 2004 at the Metrodome. Afterward on his radio show, Marriotti threatened to "pinch Hawk's beak off".[6]

In June 2006, Ozzie Guillén, the manager of the Chicago White Sox, publicly apologized for calling Mariotti a homophobic slur. However, he did not apologize to Mariotti, only for the slur.[7]


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