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The host of 'Outside the Lines', Bob Ley announces the retirement of ESPN after a career of 40 years

The host of 'Outside the Lines', Bob Ley announces the retirement of ESPN after a career of 40 years

Bob Ley, an iconic sports broadcaster who was the longest-serving employee on ESPN, announced on Wednesday that he will retire from the company after nearly 40 years.

The host of "Outside the Lines" had been on a sabbatical for the past 10 months. Announced on social networks that will leave the company permanently next week.

"To be clear, this is a decision of my own," Ley wrote on Twitter. "I enjoy the best health and the many blessings of friends and family, and it is in that context that I am making this change."

Law, 64, joined ESPN two days after the network was founded in 1979. As the network has flourished in the following four decades, he has held a variety of roles, working as a host on "SportsCenter" and, above all, leading the research efforts of the network in "Out of the lines". The show won 11 Sports Emmy awards during the Law mandate.

"The standard of excellence that has become a hallmark of ESPN began in the early days when we started with a bold vision," ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro said in a statement. "Bob was there for everything and, over the years, his unwavering commitment and unparalleled work ethic fueled our journalistic ambitions. The best way to thank Bob for what he means to ESPN and sports fans is to continue to defend the journalist Integrity and the principles he has instilled on ESPN for almost 40 years. "

ESPN Executive Vice President Norby Williamson said in a statement that Jeremy Schaap and Ryan Smith "will handle most of the anchoring duties" in "Outside the Lines" moving forward.