Sage Steele is one of ESPN’s most versatile commentators, currently serving as the host of NBA Countdown – ABC’s and ESPN’s NBA pre-game show – on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the regular season, the NBA Playoffs and for on-site telecasts at the NBA Finals and NBA Conference Finals. Steele also hosts ESPN’s extensive, on-site NBA All-Star coverage, ESPN’s NBA Summer League coverage and contributes to SportsCenter. Steele was named NBA Countdown host prior to the start of the 2013-14 NBA regular season.
In addition to her ESPN position, Steele has co-hosted ABC’s and ESPN’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve coverage during the College Football Championship and has been a featured guest host on ABC’s The View. In 2015, Steele added ‘mommy blogger’ to her job portfolio, contributing several stories to Disney-owned Babble. She has also been a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live and has been profiled by Rolling Stone, Wall Street Journal, Vibe and Huffington Post, to name a few.
Steele, who joined ESPN in 2007, served as a regular anchor for SportsCenter, the network’s flagship news and information program, until 2013. She also hosted the Scripps National Spelling Bee from 2010-2013.
In addition to SportsCenter, she also contributed to First Take and Mike & Mike, and been a guest co-host of ESPN2’s SportsNation.
Prior to the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400, the Indiana University graduate had the honor of driving the pace car at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Steele began her television career at WSBT-TV in South Bend, Ind., as a producer and reporter (1995-1997). She then moved to WISH-TV in Indianapolis where she was the beat reporter for the Indianapolis Colts, in addition to covering the 1997 NCAA Men’s Final Four, NASCAR and the Izod IndyCar Series.
In August 1998, Steele moved to Tampa and worked as a reporter, anchor, and host for WFTS-TV. She was the beat reporter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1998-2001 and covered the 1999 NCAA Men’s Final Four. In 2000, she joined Fox Sports Net in Tampa as a reporter and covered Super Bowl XXXV for the 2000-01 NFL season.
In April 2001, Steele became the anchor for the debut of Comcast SportsNet, serving the Washington DC/Baltimore region. She anchored the flagship show SportsNite for six years and was also a beat reporter for the Baltimore Ravens from 2001-2005, hosting a magazine show for all five seasons.
Steele graduated from Indiana University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in sports communications. In her spare time, Steele volunteers with the Pat Tillman Foundation and is passionate about working alongside military veterans. She enjoys horseback riding and spending time with her husband and three children.