Past Speakers

2024: Wright Thompson (senior sports writer, ESPN; NYT bestselling author)

2023: Adam Amin (commentator, Fox Sports)

2022: Bomani Jones (contributor, ESPN)

2021: Mina Kimes (contributor, ESPN)

2020: Michele Steele (correspondent, ESPN)

2019: Nancy Armour (columnist, USA Today Sports)

2018: Bill Raftery (analyst, CBS Sports)

2017: Jen Lada (contributor, ESPN)

2016: Michael Smith and Jemele Hill (hosts and commentators, ESPN

2015: Linda Cohn (sports host and commentator, ESPN)

2014: Seth Davis (writer, Sports Illustrated)

2013: Adam Schefter (sports commentator, ESPN)

2012:Dick Enberg (sportscaster, CBS Sports)

2011: Chris Broussard (sportswriter, ESPN)

2009: Christine Brennan (USA Today columnist)

2008: Frank DeFord (“Morning Edition” sports commentator, NPR)

2007: Rob King (vice president and editor-in-chief,

2006: Bill Hancock (author and former director, NCAA Final Four Basketball Tournament)

2005: Johnathan Rodgers (chief executive officer and president, TV-One)

2004: Norby Williamson (senior vice president and managing editor, ESPN)

2003: Steve Rushin (writer, Sports Illustrated)

2002: Nancy Axthelm (director of broadcast, Grey Worldwide)

2001:cancelled as a result of the September 11 tragedy

2000: Pete Bonventre (executive editor, Entertainment Weekly)

1999: Maureen Orth (author and special correspondent for Vanity Fair)

1998: John A. Walsh (senior vice president and executive editor, ESPN)

1997: Jimmy Breslin (Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author)

1996: Robert Lipsyte (sports columnist, New York Times)