Wednesday 26 June 2019

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  1. Stuart95

    Stuart95 Member+

    Mar 11, 2012
    Stafford, VA
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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  2. JasonMa

    JasonMa Member+

    Mar 20, 2000
    Arvada, CO
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Bob Ley retires from ESPN after 40 years

    Bob was one of, if not the only, soccer supporters at ESPN in the early days and the only on-air personality to take the game seriously at times. Obviously ESPN has now made soccer a major piece of its coverage (especially on ESPN+) and there's no longer the concerns about when the network will treat the game with respect but for many years if you wanted to see quality soccer highlights you had to wait until Ley was on the Sportscenter desk.
  3. Bluecat82

    Bluecat82 Member+

    Feb 24, 1999
    Minneapolis, MN
    Minnesota United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Bob's greatest line calling a soccer game may have been during the USA-Guatemala WCQ at RFK in late '96...

    When, during yet another period of a Guatemalan time wasting / rolling around on the ground after an alleged injury...

    Only to have the "injured" player miraculously hop to his feet and re-enter the game, said of the Guatemalan Training Staff...

    "They brought some water from Lourdes."

    Good times. Thanks, Bob.

    (some of you may have to Google "Lourdes") :)
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  4. GunnerJacket

    GunnerJacket Moderator
    Staff Member

    Sep 18, 2003
    Gainesville, GA
    Arsenal FC
    Indeed. Bob was never the most vibrant among ESPN's personalities but he was always class.

    Best wishes in retirement, sir.
  5. KCFutbol

    KCFutbol Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jun 14, 2001
    Overland Park, KS
    Kansas City Wizards
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    He can't retire, he's younger than I am.
  6. Salvadanish

    Salvadanish Member

    Sep 14, 2014
    Portland, Oregon
    Portland Timbers
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  7. PTFC in KCMO

    PTFC in KCMO Member+

    Aug 12, 2012
    Portland Timbers
    Why do i feel like now that Bob is gone, ESPNs integrity has gone with him?

    There was just something about that man. If he said it, you knew it was true.
  8. RafaLarios

    RafaLarios Member+

    Oct 2, 2009
    Atletico Nacional
    Nat'l Team:
    But you still have Max Kellerman
  9. dougtee

    dougtee Member+

    Feb 7, 2007
    i would take bob ley at a leadership position in us soccer in a heartbeat
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  10. sitruc

    sitruc Member+

    Jul 25, 2006
    I had a feeling Ley would "retire." His contract negotiation had been going on for a while and become somewhat public. A lot of people really wanted him to come back, but Pitaro has shown less interest in the news and investigative side of the company than Skipper. I know some people wanted Ley to stay on if even in an emeritus role since he was so respected by people in the buildings.
  11. Gamecock14

    Gamecock14 Member+

    May 27, 2010
    Chicago Fire
    It probably did not help that ESPN did not get the rights to WCs.
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  12. PTFC in KCMO

    PTFC in KCMO Member+

    Aug 12, 2012
    Portland Timbers
    Maybe Ley will end up on Fox come World Cup time.

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