Join us for the 2020 State of Sports presented by Group1001 in support of the Indiana Sports Corp mission. This annual fundraising event will be held virtually on Thursday, December 10 from 4:30-6 PM ET. Indiana Sports Corp will discuss the state of sports here in Indy as we reflect on the past year of cancellations and postponements and look forward to the future and Indy's comeback, as well as honor the 2020 Inspiring Sports Storyteller -- ESPN SportsCenter Anchor, Sage Steele, and 2020 National Pathfinder recipient -- CBS Sports Commentator, Jim Nantz.
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Inspiring Sports Storyteller - Sage Steele
Sage Steele is one of ESPN’s most popular and respected commentators, currently serving as the anchor for the 6 p.m. ET SportsCenter with her co-anchor Kevin Negandhi. Steele also serves as the lead host for SportsCenter on the Road and she and Neghandi have hosted ABC’s telecast of the Tournament of Roses Parade since 2019.
Steele’s lead role for SportsCenter on the Road includes on-site, day-long and pre-event coverage for the biggest sports events of the year, including the NBA Finals, the Super Bowl, World Series, the Masters, the College Football National Championship and many more. Steele was named SportsCenter on the Road host in September of 2016.
Before moving to the 6 p.m. ET SportsCenter in May 2018, Steele anchored SportsCenter:AM. Previously she hosted NBA Countdown on ESPN and ABC from 2013 through the 2016-17 NBA season.
Steele, who joined ESPN in 2007, served as a regular anchor of SportsCenter until 2013. She also hosted the Scripps National Spelling Bee from 2010-2013. In addition to SportsCenter, she also has contributed to First Take and Mike & Mike, and has been a guest co-host of ESPN2’s SportsNation. Steele also hosted ABC and ESPN’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve during the inaugural College Football Playoff.
Beyond her work for ESPN, Steele previously co-hosted ABC’s telecast of the Miss America pageant 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.
Prior to the 2013 NASCAR 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 a beat reporter for the Indianapolis Colts and the Indiana Pacers, in addition to covering the 1997 NCAA Men’s Final Four, NASCAR and the 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. Steele is a board member for the Pat Tillman Foundation and is passionate about working alongside military veterans. She also was named to the board for the V Foundation for Cancer Research in 2019.
National Pathfinder - Jim Nantz
Jim Nantz, the three-time Emmy Award winner and five-time National Sportscaster of the Year, joined the CBS Television Network in 1985. He currently serves as the lead play-by-play announcer for THE NFL ON CBS, including the Super Bowl; the lead anchor of CBS’s golf coverage, including the PGA Tour, Masters and the PGA Championship; and lead play-by-play announcer for college basketball, including the NCAA Men’s Final Four. In 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, and 2019, Nantz completed a rare broadcasting triple by becoming the first commentator in history to broadcast the Super Bowl, NCAA Men’s Final Four and the Masters, all in the same year.
Nantz was honored in 2019 with the Arnie Award, presented to Golfers Who Give Back and reflect the values and generosity of Arnold Palmer by the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, the Monterey Peninsula Foundation and Golf Digest. In December 2018, Nantz was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame and in August 2018, Nantz received the 2018 Ambassador of Golf Award presented by the PGA Tour. This award honors a person who has fostered the ideals of the game on an international level and whose concern for others extends beyond the golf course. In August 2011, Nantz received the Pro Football Hall of Fame Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award. He is the youngest recipient ever of this award. Nantz also was honored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as its youngest recipient of the Curt Gowdy Media Award in 2002. Nantz joins Dick Enberg and Curt Gowdy as the only broadcasters to receive both Pro Football and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors.
On January 19, 2011, Nantz returned to his adopted hometown of Houston to team with Houston Methodist Hospital at The Texas Medical Center to create the Nantz National Alzheimer Center (NNAC). The NNAC is dedicated to funding innovative diagnostic discoveries for early and accurate detection of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementing illnesses in hopes of one day finding a cure (www.nantzfriends.org). The NNAC also focuses on the possible connection between concussions and other traumatic brain injuries in athletes and the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Nantz’s father, Jim Nantz Jr., himself a former college football player and lifelong inspiration to his broadcaster son, suffered from the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease for 13 years and Nantz chronicled his father’s story in the instant New York Times bestseller, Always By My Side. Co-authored with Eli Spielman, the book climbed to No.3 on the New York Times list, making it the highest ranking achieved by a sports book in 2008 and the inspiration for Nantz to open the NNAC. The foreword to the book was written by one of his father figures and dear friend, former President George H.W. Bush.
Nantz, along with wine industry veteran Peter Deutsch, CEO of Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, formed the Deutsch Nantz Alliance (DNA) to produce an artisanal Sonoma fine wine brand named The Calling (thecallingwine.com). Released in June 2012, The Calling wines are handcrafted from Sonoma’s finest varietals with Char-donnay and Pinot Noir cultivated in the Russian River Valley and Cabernet Sauvi-gnon in Alexander Valley. The Calling wines are highly regarded by the press and have been awarded numerous scores of 90 and above. Wine Spectator named The Calling one of the “Top 100 Wines in the World” in 2017 and Wine Enthusiast ranked The Calling Dutton Ranch Chardonnay #15 in the world in December 2018.
Jim Nantz and vineyard vines began collaborating in Spring 2017 to create the “Forget-Me-Knot” custom-designed collection that benefits research at the Nantz National Alzheimer Center. And in 2018, vineyard vines partnered with Nantz to create an authentic golf lifestyle brand that speaks to the golfer. The Jim Nantz by vineyard vines collection debuted in February 2019 and is inspired by Jim’s love for the sport of golf and the virtues it represents. In February 2020, the Jim Nantz by vineyard vines store opened at The Lodge at Pebble Beach, just steps away from the putting green.