In his 20-plus years at ESPN, Stuart Scott has had a number of roles for the network but it is the iconic SportsCenter where Scott’s impact has been felt the most.
Currently, Scott’s primary roles are anchoring the 11 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter and hosting NFL and NBA programming. He was selected to co-host the first SportsCenter to originate from DC-2 (Digital Center 2) at 11 p.m. on Sunday, June 22, 2014.
Since joining ESPN in 1993 for the launch of ESPN2 as a host of short sports update segments, Scott’s assignments and visibility on studio shows has consistently grown.
In recent years, Scott has become an inspiration and study in courage as he has valiantly battled cancer.
After becoming ill while covering the Steelers-Dolphins Monday Night Football game on November 26, 2007, an emergency appendectomy revealed a malignancy that required an additional surgery to remove possibly cancerous tissue.
Four years later, Scott again battled cancer, which entered remission in early 2012 before a January, 2013 recurrence.
Consistently offering inspirational and motivational tweets to his more than half a million followers (@StuartScott), Scott has gained admirers by the thousands for his public work in the fight against cancer. The North Carolina native was recognized at the July 16, 2014 ESPYS with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.
Scott’s ESPN career has seen him cover the MLB playoffs and NCAA Final Four in 1995, and the NBA Finals for SportsCenter since 1997. During the 1997 and 1998 NBA Finals, he provided exclusive, one-on-one interviews with Michael Jordan. He has also interviewed Tiger Woods, Sammy Sosa, President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign.
In 2002, Scott was named studio host for the NBA on ESPN, and in 2008 became lead host for NBA on ESPN and ABC, including the NBA Finals on ABC, anchoring the pre-game, halftime and post-game programs. Scott presently hosts SportsCenter’s prime-time coverage from the site of NBA post-season games.
When Monday Night Football moved to ESPN in 2006, Scott hosted on-site coverage, including Monday Night Countdown (7-8:30 p.m.) and post-game SportsCenter coverage. Scott has previously appeared on NFL PrimeTime during the 1997 season, Monday Night Countdown from 2002-2005, and Sunday NFL Countdown 1999-2001.
Beginning April 2009, Scott added west coast responsibilities to his schedule, hosting a select number of SportsCenter 1 a.m. ET (10 p.m. PT) editions from the network’s state-of-the-art production facility in Los Angeles.
His unique style and vocabulary – including “Boo-yah!” and “He must be buttah ‘cause he’s on a roll” – have made him one of the network’s most popular and recognized anchors. After serving as an original SportSmash anchor on ESPN2’s SportsNight, Scott served as host of Edge NFL Matchup, a weekly 30-minute show which previewed select NFL games; ESPN2’s NBA 2Night, an NBA news and highlight program; and ESPN2’s SportsNight: College Football Edition.
Scott has also hosted ESPN’s Dream Job series (2004-05), Stump the Schwab (2004-06), the New Year’s Eve specials on ESPN in 2005 and the live ABC special of David Blaine’s “Drowned Alive” stunt in 2006.
A personal and professional highlight for Scott was being requested by U.S. soldiers to be part of ESPN’s September 2004 SportsCenter: Salute the Troops effort in which he and fellow SportsCenter co-anchors hosted a week of programs originating from Kuwait.
Scott was injured on April 3, 2002 in New York Jets mini-camp when he was doing a special for ESPN after being hit in the face with a football. He underwent surgery that night and was out of work for a few months. Because of the accident, he has ptosis, or drooping of the eyelid.
Prior to joining ESPN, Scott worked for WESH-TV in Orlando, Fla., as a sports reporter and sports anchor from 1990 to 1993. While at WESH, he earned first place honors from the Central Florida Press Club for a feature on rodeo.
Scott also worked as a news reporter at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C. (1988-90), and as a news reporter and weekend sports anchor at WPDE-TV in Florence, S.C. (1987-88). Scott graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1987 with a bachelor of arts degree in speech communications and radio, television and motion pictures. At North Carolina he worked at student radio station WXYC-FM as a sports and news reporter, and played wide receiver and defensive back for a club football team.