Editor-in-Chief, ESPN The Magazine
Chad Millman is the editor-in-chief of ESPN The Magazine, a position he assumed on June 15, 2011, prior to the magazine’s move to ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., from its longtime location in midtown Manhattan. He was a senior deputy editor before being promoted and held a number of editing positions after arriving as an associate editor prior to the magazine’s second edition in April 1998.
Millman edits the leading print publication aimed at men ages 18 to 34, with two million subscribers and nearly 16 million total readers. He never pursued his new position, however.
“I thought about it for a while because if you take this job you need a strong opinion about what you want to do with the thing, not just some back-bencher notions about individual pieces or sections. Do you want to keep the same direction? Do you want to tweak it? Do you want to overhaul it? Do you like the way it looks? Finally I realized, after so long with the mag, I had a lot I still wanted to do with it. So I took the gig. If I hadn’t, I’d probably be trying to convince the new editor to give me assignments.”
Millman, the magazine’s fourth editor-in-chief, reports to Rob King, ESPN’s senior vice president of editorial for digital and print media. Millman succeeds Gary Belsky (March 2008 to June 2011), Gary Hoenig (April 2003 to March 2008, The Magazine’s current general manager), and John Papanek (March 1998 to April 2003).
When Millman’s promotion was announced, Hoenig said, “We’re fortunate to have a wonderfully talented successor already on our roster whose unique editorial vision and unparalleled knowledge of the sporting landscape we’re confident will give us a new energy and continue to make the magazine a must-read for sports fans.”
The magazine continues to succeed in a difficult media landscape for print in part because its editors constantly reconceive the basic idea of a sports magazine as it extends beyond print and onto the web, tablet and mobile. Each biweekly issue explores a sport or theme in extraordinary depth through stunning photography, cutting-edge storytelling, in-depth reporting and exciting graphics.
Millman created the gambling beat for ESPN and contributes weekly podcasts and columns, in addition to making regular TV appearances to discuss the culture of sports betting. He has also written or co-authored seven books. His most recent works include the 2010 national best-sellers The Ones Who Hit the Hardest, about the blood feud between the 1970s Steelers and Cowboys, written with Shawn Coyne, and the New York Times best-seller They Call Me Baba Booey, with Gary Dell’Abate. In 2008, he penned with Chuck Liddell Iceman: My Fighting Life, which was also a Times best-seller. In 1998, he left the magazine to write The Odds, about a trio of Vegas bookmakers and wiseguys, and to search for lucrative opportunities during the height of the Internet boom. He returned to the magazine as a contributing editor in September 2001.
After graduating from Indiana University in 1993, the Highland Park, Ill., native moved to Manhattan and quickly found work, first as a reporter for Sports Illustrated and then as a correspondent at CNNSI. During this five-year span before joining ESPN, Millman recalls several memorable moments: being run over by the Green Bay Packers’ Dorsey Levens while covering Super Bowl XXXI from the sideline, watching a woman take on the men on the pro rodeo circuit and accidentally wandering into the aftermath of the bombing at the Atlanta Olympics.