Wednesday, September 11th, 2019


Award-Winning Sports Journalist Joins NBC Sports After 25-Year Career as Senior Writer for Sports Illustrated

Layden To Cover Distinctive Stories Across All Sports through Longform Features, Video Essays and Digital Work

First Article for NBC Sports Offers Perspectives from Recently Retired NFL Players on Life After Football; Available Now on


STAMFORD, Conn. – Sept. 11, 2019 – Award-winning sports journalist Tim Layden has signed an exclusive agreement with NBC Sports Group to produce longform articles, major-event stories and columns, as well as video work for NBC Sports’ television and digital platforms.

Throughout the year, Layden will seek out compelling and distinctive stories across the sports world with creative storytelling and in-depth analysis, building upon previous work that Layden has produced with NBC Sports. Over the past two years, Layden has written numerous video essays that have aired during marquee NBC Sports events, including the Kentucky Derby, Breeders’ Cup, Olympic sports, the NFL, NHL and NASCAR.

“It’s been so rewarding to work with the incredible NBC Sports team on television essays for the past two years,” Layden said. “This is a terrific opportunity to expand my role with NBC Sports to include the type of writing and journalism that I’ve worked on for my entire career, and to extend it across the entire breadth of NBC Sports’ unparalleled multi-platform portfolio.”

Layden’s first article for NBC Sports is available now on In the piece, Layden digs into life after football by speaking with recently retired NFL players, including former Pro Bowlers Jordy Nelson, Brian Orakpo and Max Unger, about what ultimately led to their retirement and their current relationship with the game of football.

Layden, a Williams College graduate, has spent the past 25 years as a senior writer with Sports Illustrated, covering 14 Olympic Games, 10 NCAA Final Fours, three Super Bowls and eight college football national championship games for SI. Originally a beat writer on college football, followed by the NFL, Layden was also responsible for SI’s coverage of horse racing, track & field, swimming and alpine skiing, and longform features on many topics and sports.

Prior to joining Sports Illustrated in 1994, Layden worked at the Schenectady Gazette (1978-1986), Albany Times Union (1986-1988) and Newsday (1988-1994). A native of upstate New York, Layden resides in Northern Connecticut with his wife, Janet.