Jay Rothman is a vice president in ESPN’s production department and lead producer of ESPN’s Monday Night Football and the popular Gruden’s QB Camp series. He also produced the network’s annual NFL Draft telecast for almost two decades.
Beginning in 2015, Rothman continues to oversee MNF in addition to having oversight of ESPN’s Major League Baseball coverage and the company’s directors unit.
Under Rothman’s direction, ESPN’s MNF has achieved overwhelming success. The most-watched series in cable television history, MNF has led the cable industry every year in both ratings and viewership since its 2006 debut on ESPN. In all, MNF accounts for five of the top 10 all-time biggest household audiences in cable history. From a creative standpoint, the program is consistently nominated for the Sports Emmy in the Outstanding Live Sports Series category.
Before assuming his current MNF role in 2006, Rothman produced ESPN’s Sunday Night Football for five seasons (2001-05) after rejoining ESPN on a full-time basis in January 2001.
Rothman and MNF director Chip Dean have worked together on football for 25 years. Their work resulted in ESPN’s Sunday Night Football being recognized in 2004 with sports television’s highest honor, the Emmy in the Live Series category. Today, they continue to be one of the most innovative and talented production duos in the industry.
Beyond MNF, Rothman is the driving force behind the groundbreaking Gruden’s QB Camp prime time shows which have been a popular element of ESPN’s annual pre-draft coverage since 2009. The in-depth, one-on-one interviews and film sessions feature MNF analyst Jon Gruden mentoring top quarterback prospects such as Andy Dalton, Nick Foles, Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Cam Newton and Russell Wilson. The success of the shows has led to similar specials, including a Gruden’s Champ Camp special with New Orleans Saints Super Bowl winners Drew Brees and Sean Payton in 2010.
Prior to joining ESPN, Rothman was a producer for ABC Sports’ college football broadcasts (1997-2000), where he was involved in regular-season coverage, in addition to the Rose, Fiesta and Orange Bowls. In all, he produced three National Championship games for ABC.
Rothman, who continued to produce ESPN events while at ABC Sports, has produced a variety of top sporting events: NFL Draft (1995-2011), X Games (1995-99) and the 1994 FIFA World Cup, plus numerous college basketball and football telecasts. He oversaw production of ESPN’s Arena Football League game telecasts in 2007 and 2008, and also produced ESPN’s coverage of the MLB Expansion Draft (1992), the ACC Basketball Tournament (1992-93), NCAA College World Series (1989-91) and more.
Rothman originally joined ESPN as an associate producer in November 1987. In 1990, he was promoted to studio producer, a position he held for one year before moving to the remote production department. From 1984 to 1987, Rothman was a graphics coordinator for CBS Sports, NBC Sports and Turner Broadcasting.
A native of Mt. Kisco, NY, Rothman received a bachelor of science in journalism from the University of Colorado in 1984.